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Surrounded by farmland in Coomoora, a self-confessed salmon swims against the tide of industrial progress. Don O’Connor is a timber bender, a popular trade in the 19th century but little known nowadays.

Before steel shaped the body of cars, bent timber was in steaming demand. Early automobile production used curved timber for hood bows and running boards. Horse drawn carriages preceding auto manufacture were largely made from wood; steam bent wheels, jinker shafts and numerous other components, kept the timber benders bending……

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