I saw this too. I have seen a similar bending method where live steam was used which of course is out of the question for most of us. This looks simple enough to do but not sure I'll ever take the time to try it out, so much to do and so little time.....
I have a steam box and it is a slow process. This looks like it would be pretty quick to heat up a section of pipe with a torch and start working. Well of course you would pre-soak the wood.
The biggest issue I have had was finding decent wood to bend. Kiln dried wood doesn't work well and finding air dried is difficult unless you know someone or have some raw wood to do your own. I guess I could buy some fire wood but.....
I wonder if some sort of ceramic heater could be found to get rid of the open flame? Not sure I like the idea of the open flame unless you get the pipe hot enough then turn it off and use it quickly before it cools off???
Has anyone tried this technique of bending wood?https://www.finewoodworking.com/2009/04 ... troduction
I am aware of the steam box and laminate approaches but this is the first time I have seen this. It does look to be faster but only works for thinner parts.