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When I released my Compwood arm bows
from the clamps this morning, I saw a little bit of springback. It was
less than I’d get with other bending techniques, but it was more than I

I had expected zero springback.

When Chicago furniture
maker Jeff Miller had introduced me to the material, he said that he was
impressed because the material kept its shape perfectly after it was
dry. So I started to dig a bit.

I called Miller this morning and
chatted about the species he was using, the type of bend and how he
dried the wood. Miller said he was bending pieces of ash that were 8/4
thick and 5″ wide – and bending them on the 8/4 dimension. The radius of
the bend was about 20″ – this was a shape useful for a chair back.

bending the wood, which took so much effort that it eventually busted
the form, Miller dried the wood in a shop-made kiln. He made the “kiln”
using loosely assembled 2″-thick pink foam insulating boards from a home


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