Why do I do this? Because I love it! But mishaps are difficult to swallow. I'm restoring a 1924 17' Kennebec canoe, and have many happy hours doing so. But tonight was a heartbreaker. I was fortunate to find two beautiful 20' pieces of mahogany and have spent a significant amount of hours shaping the gunwales. I made a form that matches the shearling curve near the stems. I decided to bend one piece at a time and soak the gunwale end in water for two days, poured boiling water over the end, and placed it in a steam box for 1 hour. I have steamed and bent numerous stems from other cedar strip canoes I've built. So I know I need to take time securing the gunwale in the form. But at the very last moment, the wood snapped. What a disappointment. To tell you the truth....disappointment doesn't describe it. I guess this is a lesson I need to learn. It may take me a few days to go back out to the shop. But I know I'll get there. My wife continues to tell me "It's just a canoe". She doesn't understand. So why am I writing this post? I could use some encouragement and suggestions what I could do different. Thanks for your support.