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I had some scrap maple pieces laying around and I decided to test out the home-made bending iron I made last week. These pieces were small, but I realized they were big enough for uke sides. I had a uke that I built quite a while back and I used it as a guide. It seemed to go pretty well but I’m not sure I’m getting enough heat. Which leads me to my question:

In the pictures below you will see my bent sides for the uke. The bend above the waist seemed like it wouldn’t bend anymore without cracking. Why is that? Is it due to lack of heat? Lack of moisture? I’m not rushing the bend so I don’t think its an exposure issue.