I've been working on creating a wooden hockey stick. The blade of the hockey stick needs a slight curve and bend to it.
I have a small steam box set up and have created a vice with different-length teeth in it. After steaming the wood, I place it in the vice, close the teeth, and let it sit for a day or two. The curve created by the teeth in the vice is much more exaggerated than I need, and when I remove it from the vice, the blade springs back a bit. However, over time, the blade continues to straighten. After a week or so, it's almost to it's original straightness.
Most steam-bending applications that I've seen have both ends of the bent wood fixed so even though the wood wants to spring back, it can't.
Is it possible to steam-bend a piece of wood to have it remain bent without fixing both ends of the piece? Will all wood eventually straighten over time if left alone?