Oh well... more steam bending attempts..
Good day all. Made a new former for some bending today, took a fair while to make just the former (for bending the heated/steamed round) and ultimately ended in a bending fail... I'll try later again with some thinner timber. Its all a learning process and I am learning with every try, just not at the optimum speed! The pic below shows the cracking. I'm not sure my steamer is getting the timber hot enough so the wood fibres are not pliable enough to bend and compress over the former.
So here's my efforts in a timelapse, at least 3 hours in total but I have a former that I'm sure will work with thinner or hotter timber!