We must be able to take the arch apart, so separate pieces can be easily transportable by car . It has to be strong enough to be then installed in H&M's Garden, and ground fixable so the wind won't put it down .
Hopefully, I was given some ash wood by a friend, and started the building .
Step 1: Building the Steam Machine.
The machine takes half an hour to get hot, you need to put enough water in the cooker, but then, in less than ten minutes, your wooden strips become soft as chewing gum . Though, the softness only lasts a couple of minutes, even less i think, so you've got to shape it really quickly .
Step 2: Placing Volutes on the Frame
The volutes are screwed and outdoor-glued to the frame . I first made them and placed them all with clamps, to define their final positions, and then fixed the whole thing .
I oiled the final result to give it a natural looking protection . I also wanted to experiment oil as outdoor prtection . Requires annual oiling, and the ash turns out to become gray when placed outside, even with oil . But it's a simple, risk-free, cheap, environnment friendly, satin-looking finishing, who gives the wood a nice natural touch . You got it, il love oiling wood .
I'd add that this job was inspired by the work of Matthias pliessning and the experimentations of Adrien Angebault .