DIY Project: Canoe Restoration Today, we’re going to do a little glue laminating for the replacement section for a wooden canoe stem. Typically these are steam-bent, or at least traditionally, however if there are some hazards with that when you’re restoring your canoe, we only need a short section. The problem with steam bending is you wind up getting an undetermined amount of spring-back from your form. With the canoe, when doing exact restoration, a steam-bent piece will put a kink in the profile of the bower-stern. With glue laminating, we know from experience a 1/16” of spring back is probably the most we’re going to get on something this long.