Here's how I do it for cabinets, furniture & boats: 3/16" oak, ash, even cherry is an easy bend with steam. I have steam bent to form up to 5/16" x 6" and 12' long easily using some simple steam bending techniques. Some woods have a natural propensity to resist cracking in a tight radius, others don't; but most will bend with steam. For smaller pieces you can even boil them in water for 30 minutes to an hour.
I use a "steam tube" fabricated using a 8" x whatever? metal tube (stove pipe) with round wood plugs in the ends, connected by a radiator hose to a 5 gallon metal (gas) can with enough H20 in it to produce steam for 20 to 30 minutes. The tube and water can are placed carefully over a propane cooker (the type used for fish cookers, although any safe and suitable heat source will work). The heater causes the water to boil, at which time steam is released through hose connected to the stove pipe with my wood in it.
Sometimes it is necessary to flip the banding to steam the pieces more uniformly since the steam is all going in from one end. (wear gloves, this stuff is hot) I will do this after about ten minutes. You do have to provide a vent at the other end of the steam tube. The eight inch tube will hold a generous amount of banding stock. I use Titebond II or III as adhesive.
Once you have steamed your strips, clamp or tack them temporairly to a form to dry (you can stack multiple layers too for drying purposes). Either one you've made or to the actual work. Let it dry for a couple days... Then sand off the raised grain and glue it in place. For the exterior of a tear I think I would use PL urethane to glue it in place with (a somewhat flexible sealant). I would also prolly seal the wood with shellac first. I use this method for making bent laminations too, with Titebond (PVA glue) or Gorrilla Glue (polyurethane glue).
Anyhoo, that's how I do it...