Steam bending to obtain desired curvature for chair components to maintain the whole grain strength of the wood.
Believe it or not the 2nd from last image above was just as it was! It may be looks like a staged shot, however I just turned round & put the spokeshave down. You can also see in the last image shaping work on a leg - edge vane cutting. Images below show more steam bending activity outside the workshop last Autumn with furniture maker James Huddleston.