When you're talking about the loaves being difficult to form, which type of bread are you trying to make? The Batter Bread recipe in the Beginner's section has a high water-to flour ratio, so will be sticky, and requires the help of a pan to keep its shape.
We are actually using the advanced breads. They are too sticky to use a lame. She has left them sticky. I have added more flour which makes it easy to use the lame but then the bread is very heavy. Thanks.