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Old 11-22-2020, 12:19 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I assume you wack the metal till it roughly "drapes " around to shape.
I've never heard of the method you describe, though it certainly sounds like it has merit.
I'm no expert but from years of reading magazines and Internet — Your both right!

If you follow Chris Runge, Ron Covell or Jesse James compound curves start by disrupting and then smoothing a flat sheet. You can expand metal with a mallet and a wooden stump and shrink it with an edge crimper. Once it's in rough shape English wheel, hammer and dolly or planishing hammer.

Eventually it's down to the technique in paintless dent removal — glancing light on a water sheet and a nylon pecking hammer.
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