Steam bending a replacement timber in a plastic bag on a Herreshoff 12-1/2

Shipwright Louis Sauzedde continues his work fixing a leak on a historic Herreshoff 12 1/2 daysailer named ‘Rhode Island Red’ from Bristol, Rhode Island. In part 4, Lou demonstrates how he used a pattern to create the replacement piece and then how to steam bend the new piece using a plastic bag.

10 thoughts on “Steam bending a replacement timber in a plastic bag on a Herreshoff 12-1/2

  1. I really enjoy Louis’s informative instructional videos! Thank you for all of the tips, some that I have used in repairs to my 40′ Chris Craft S/F.
    Keep up the good work. There aren’t too many following in your foot steps!

  2. How heavy is the plastic bag that was used? Did Louis form the tube of plastic himself or purchase it? If he made it, how did he seal it so no steam escaped other than the little bit we saw in the video? This looks really simple and slick! I want to try it for some bent wood pieces for sculpture…I went to RISD a long time ago. Yea for Little Rhody! Thanks for the video.

  3. True Shipwrights don’t use epoxy. Just curious about that. I’m hard pressed about the usage of the term “Shipwright”. I’m a boatbuilder, but not necessarily a shipwright.
    Did my journeyman in British Columbia, but I don’t consider myself a “ShipWright”.
    What is the difference?

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