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    Steam

    I see that some of the bowl factories use steam to minimize the possibility of green turned bowls cracking. Has anyone tried this on a smaller scale? I was/am a boatbuilder and often used steam to bend wood but had not until now considered using it to prevent cracking. It would seem to me that steaming might just be easier than a lot of the other Protocols that I have tried but would sure like to garner any experience from any of you who may have already tried this method.
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    I know boiling is used a lot for more personal sized bowls...but I've yet to hear steam...could be interesting
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    I'll keep you posted.

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    please do Peter as i also would like to hear more about this.

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    Well Pete it looks like you are our guinea pig
    So keep us posted on what and how you do it.
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    I also haven't seen or heard of anyone steaming turned work, so I'd be interested in seeing your results if you try it.

    No personal experience with it, but it's my understanding that the color of some woods (walnut in particular) can be affected by steam. More info about that here:

    http://www.woodweb.com/cgi-bin/forum...pl?read=421015
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    It will be interesting to see the results Peter.
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    Steam box

    After reading all the posts and information I plan to purchase a used or new Wall Paper Steamer and then to just build a simple box of Cedar. I think it would be best for me to just make one size that would fit the largest bowl I would turn green. I'll then fit something, I'm thinking of some half rounds of poly pipe, to the bottom to keep the bowl off the bottom and allow steam to go all the way around. Any one have any idea if I should steam for a longer or shorter time than I would boil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter blair View Post
    After reading all the posts and information I plan to purchase a used or new Wall Paper Steamer...
    I seem to recall Lee Valley's having a reasonably prices steamer for sale a while back. You might want to check that out.
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    Thanks Jim. Just checked their web site and am unable to find any steamers. I do recall that they had something at one time but I think it was just a fancy kettle with a tube that could be placed in or under a steaming box.

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