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Steam bending Ipe3/16
We just steam bent some Ipe and had a surprising result.
The wood bent nicely. A little stiffer than some other species but the bends were successful.
What took me by surprise was the color change in the wood. Medium reddish/brown wood turned to dark reddish/brown, and dark reddish/brown wood turned almost black.
Has anyone else had experiences like this?
Must have high tannin content.
"Must have high tannin content".
That and you had carbon steel in contact with it.
No need for carbon if the tannin content is high enough it will turn the wood black. I am not sure but I seem to remember reading that getting an aged look in cherry was done by using high tannin content in the wood in the old days.
I thought we were going to be reading a post about some guy trying to steam bend it. Thought, no way! But then I get the surprise, congrats! I love using Ipe for an incredibly delicate finale on small turned boxes. I can turn it down to 1/16" diameter for short distances. Really makes nice wood crochet hooks too. But steam bent, would not have put money on that bet!