Looking good Howie. Whatever works, right? You’re braver than me. I’m always afraid that all of that tension on parts of the canoe could cause damage, so I haven’t yet tried bending in place despite the values of the technique. Here’s an example of a significant bend I did recently. Slightly over 1” thick white oak, 2” wide, bent severely. This is air-dried wood from trees cut here. With a compression strap and some serious force, it was doable by only one person. Doing it this way of course means that your form must be carefully shaped because that wood doesn’t have much wiggle in it after you leave it on the form for a while. After splitting in half and shaping, the two stems went on the canoe without much fiddling at all.