Steam Bending Frames on A Herreshoff

There are many tricks for bending wood for boat building Рmost involve steam and a box or closed area for the wood and steam to meet up and party while the wood gets all woozy and pliable! Frames and planks are most often bent and then placed on the boat, but there are many ways to skin this cat Рand many opinions. So we look to master boatbuilder, Dan Shea of Bristol Boat Company, who has his own tried and true method.

It looks easy and seems to work very well judging by the beautiful boats his little shed behind the Herreshoff Marine Museum cranks out. So we’ll leave this up to Dan to explain. This nice video will give you insight into what it takes to get those wooden pieces to bend so nicely…. all it takes is some steam and lots of muscle. (and a sweet jig.)



Northwest School of Boatbuilding – Time Lapse

Visit the school for more information: – This is a time-lapse video I created based on photos taken at 60 sec intervals for 4 months while at NWSWB. The large boat is a Cape Cod Catboat and behind it is an Edwin Monk Sunray Lake runabout.

Of course Jamestown Distributors sells everything you need for your boatbuilding project from stem to stern. Come see our newly expanded shop in our Bristol, RI location or visit our online store. Our call center experts are ready to help you with your order.

How to use plastic frames for wooden boat building

Watch Master Shipwright Louis Sauzedde explain why he uses HD PE(high-density poly-ethyelene) plastic frames instead of oak while working on his latest wooden boat repair project in Tiverton, RI the 47′ FINAST KIND II.
Read more about plastic frames from WoodenBoat Magazine – ‘Sauzedde is also the go-to guy for plastic framing in traditional wooden boats, whether in new construction, repair, or restoration. He knew a lobsterman who had sistered some frames with plastic, and that gave him the idea to frame entire boats this way. He uses high-density polyethylene sources directly from plastic manufacturers, and his frames have been proven to be flexible and unbreakable. They hold screws well, require no paint or finish, and most important are 100 percent impervious to rot. “I’ve been subject to tremendous amounts of ridicule over the plastic frames, but some boatbuilders and owners who initially ridiculed me for it have since been doing it themselves.’ – WoodenBoat Magazine (no. 239)