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Steam Bending And a Toboggan??

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Part 2 of the construction. This wraps up the build :-) Hope everyone had a good NY Eve!

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Thanks, Andy. Looking forward to the boat build. Nice job on the toboggan.

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Really great videos. watched then last night! Very inspiring stuff! i'm definitely going to give steam bending a shot after watching the videos.!

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