There is a product on the market that will be of interest to some.
Bending plywood is the one I mention here.
The pictures below are of bending plywood, not sure if the surface is okuome, virola or what but it bends as can be seen.
These photos are of a thin strip 1 5/8" wide. It is 5/16" thick, 3 ply.
It comes as I know of it in either 4'x8' or 8'x4'. One rolls like an 8' column, the other rolls like a 4' tall table support.
The thinner the ripping the more bendable it is.
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