Heat Bending Wood
Heat bending can straighten a crooked stick, or bend a straight one. The moisture in a green wood stick, or a dry wood plank that has been soaked in water for a few days, causes the wood to become flexible after "cooking" it over a fire. To do this, simply rotate the moist wood item over the fire and begin to bend it gently. The wood should begin to feel rubbery when it is heated enough. But be careful not to blacken or scorch the wood, as this will weaken it. Bend the wood a little beyond the point you are trying to achieve, and then hold it in that position until it has thoroughly cooled. If the bend will not take, reheat and keep working the wood. Heat bending is very useful in bow making, especially when making recurves.