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bending rattan
Well, the steambox works like a charm. Steamed merrily for about an hour. Not long enough, I fear, to get the rattan as pliable as I would have liked -- getting that last eight inches bent around the form was a bugger... in fact, four of the eight inches never did go. Didn't help that it was a cool day and the rattan cooled down quick. One of the blocks that was to hold the rattan at the end of the curve popped off -- Wolfie didn't screw it down. Why, I don't know. Didn't ask. I grumbled a little, though. As far as I know, the form stayed together with the rattan on it through the night, but it's at my parents' house, so I can't check on it till this afternoon. Next step is preparing the rafters by inserting the threaded rod that will keep them attached to the roof ring. The next piece of rattan will go into the box on Friday, I think. Then we'll have enough time to let it cook without having to run off elsewhere. It's pretty neat; Dad's setup is excellent; the gas can cleaned like a dream, and my aunt and uncle came through with a camp stove in the nick of time. I'm pleased -- this may actually work!
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