That was pretty cool-or actually hot I guess. We did something very similar when Building the Onrust several years ago. We used a Dutch technique of "fire bending" which used open fires to heat and bend very wet green White Oak in thicknesses from 1" up to 2.5 " and 6"-8" or more wide. Up near the bow these planks would bend and twist in several directions in 1 length. Quite impressive to see the wood flex in such a way. The old shipwrights must have been amazing.