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    bender shelter building project

    Has anyone built a bender hear?
    I have tried bending and stakeing polls to set them before I started on the wursel build but the polls just reverted back really quickly after release.
    thinking of trying again in the spring so that the stakeing time is reduced. Not sure how intensive steam bending would be either so never given that a go.
    Thanks for any thoughts.

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    Built many benders over the years but never felt the need to pre-bend the poles. Only use hazel or willow and set the uprights into the ground about 6 inches. It is the poles trying to straighten that gives the bender it's strength and rigidity.
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    Thanks skate, I was looking at a more permanent set of polls hence the pree bending.
    It's tops how the forces that also work against each other allso help in some ways.
    I have found that after a while in soft woodland floor that the outward pressure exerted by the polls shifts the holes and shape of the bender.
    I agree that for a quick temporary build the push and tie method is great.
    I want something that I can move about with and store in times of non use.
    Seems a bit odd I know but it will have it's uses for me.

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    I think your poles will get brittle with time and need renewing. Have seen drain rods used which works fine and packs away
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    Been on a "Bender" over the festive season.wouldnt have cared were I slept.lol.

    Doe'snt heating your poles in a fire aid their bending?????
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    Good idea skate. Can change length to suit size easily too.

    Lol midas :-) done a bit of that sort of sleeping in my time too.. yes fire would help I guess. Steaming is a method I have seen in yert building, that needs some kit though if I remember rightly.

    Cheers for the ideas.

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    Fire you could do on job !!But if want to preform n steam I think a setup is quite easily made with a 4" drainpipe n some piping,from a boiling "Kettle etc.
    Guess you'd have to make a jig to form them in?

    Lol midas :-) done a bit of that sort of sleeping in my time too.. yes fire would help I guess. Steaming is a method I have seen in yert building, that needs some kit though if I remember rightly.

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    Ade (Northwest Bushcraft) on this forum built one - here's the video link:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANfISdx0reE
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    Thanks for posting that link oak ashand thorn.
    A good documentation of a quick shelter and I liked the time filling of some traditional use pictures.

    I do wonder if some of the polls were traditionally bent and kept after camp was struck, then added to on the next pull in if they were plentiful on the site.

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    Hi Knutjob,

    If you are interested, I made such of this little shelter years ago.

    In this video I used thin trees, like hazel or willow. It's really simple to bend them, especially on spring.
    I also bring a plastic blanket to cover branches, then cover by dead leaves for the isolation.
    English isn't my mother tongue so pliz correct me if i'm wrong, thx !

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