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#1 posted 10-04-2018 03:57 PM

Luthiers use a bending iron to bend wood similar to your guard. (Think violin bouts)

A quick search found this image here. There are many inexpensive bending iron solutions including a steel pipe and a blow torch.

As has already been stated, it is the heat, not the moisture that helps bend wood.

Also, wood can compress more than it can stretch, so, a metal strap clamped to the outside radius during bending will help prevent breaking from over-stretching the piece.

A relatively thin piece like that guard will become fairly plyable under good heat and should bend easily. IMHO

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