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Re: Siberian Elm (reply)
Thimosabe: Practically every bow I make anymore is from a nice elm sapling just like that peeled one. I love em. Find em growing in vacant lots and riverbottoms and thickets all over the place, at least 2 different species of elm....
Archery - Primitive Bows

Springbuck

10/17/14 9:13 AM
Re: Hickory Bow Losing Reflex? Help! (reply)
I bet it's #2, or the moisture content. Put it back on the recurving form and let it dry really well. Then heat treat it with dry heat. On most wooden recurves, the curves should be thicker than the limb below it.
Archery - Primitive Bows

Springbuck

10/03/14 11:12 PM
Re: Quick question- cores  (reply)
I personally doubt it would fail, esp if QS or something. Just that some of us would kill for a piece of osage like that, and yer just gonna chop it to pieces like it ain't nothin' and put it where it cain't even be seen where the...
Archery - Composite Bows

Springbuck

10/03/14 10:49 PM
Re: first kids bow/recurve (reply)
You can drill into the tip of a kids arrow, insert a nail with the head clipped off, and then wrap the shaft, or put some tubing over it. They stick well. Great little bow.
Archery - Primitive Bows

Springbuck

10/03/14 10:43 PM
Re: New guy looking for advice (reply)
You can definitely make a usable bow on the first try, but you have to know where you are ad where you are going. Oak is fine. Hickory is better, because it simply will do everything, but break. Board bows are great because most of us...
Archery - Primitive Bows

Springbuck

10/03/14 10:27 PM
Re: New bow question (reply)
I cut a shelf into most of my bows, but it is NOTHING like centershot, sometimes 1/4", and usually barely the width of an arrow. It's for consistency. Or I square up the handle an inch wide there and build a shelf out with a chip of...
Archery - Primitive Bows

Springbuck

10/03/14 9:55 PM
Re: New bow question (reply)
"A further question: how was this done 500 years ago, in a primitive fashion, with no weights, no scales, etc.???"   I don't know for sure, but........hunter gatherer cultures often had lots of time to mess with equipment, lots of shoots...
Archery - Primitive Bows

Springbuck

10/03/14 9:42 PM
Re: fresh hazel reflex and tempering question (reply)
Inducing reflex while drying can help, but a lot of guys report that the stave surrenders this reflex during tillering. I would do it; strap or clamp the bow, etc. rough it out and floor tiller, THEN dry heat toast the belly while in the...
Archery - Primitive Bows

Springbuck

10/03/14 8:56 PM
Re: Are Molded Aluminum Arrowheads Feasible? (reply)
I think aluminum would be strong enough, tough enough, but i would worrk about a cast aluminum beig able to hold a sharp edge. Copper points with blades were often work hardened along the edges.
Archery - Arrows & Quivers

Springbuck

09/23/14 10:00 PM
Re: rowan sapling bow (reply)
Frodolf, calipoers are great, and before I got some, I used to just kludge together some sort of measuring spanner, like a notched piece of a board, etc....but they only help me with two things; first, roughing out a stave either for...
Archery - Primitive Bows

Springbuck

09/22/14 4:13 PM
Re: Novice questions about the nature of individual layers of laminate (reply)
Black ash is the only wood I've seen this done to, and it is mediocre bow wood, but could work. The pounding process scares me; I would be slightly afraid of m inor internal damage to the material. And I believe you'd have to smooth...
Archery - Composite Bows

Springbuck

09/22/14 4:00 PM
Re: What are some good core woods? (reply)
Haven't made a hornbow, but very familiar with laminated bows. A lot has been said about using lighter woods for cores and the like, and there is obvious value in some of it. But the best way to control weight if front profile, careful...
Archery - Composite Bows

Springbuck

09/22/14 3:36 PM
Re: Tapered cores? (reply)
Do you have a belt sander or power hand plane? Making a jig for tapered cores is pretty easy. I put wheels on my planer so it rides level, and built a table out of four 2x4s laid side by side, skinny edges up. Cut 8' off the ends off...
Archery - Composite Bows

Springbuck

09/22/14 3:21 PM
Re: Stretchy string problem (reply)
My flemish style strings have no (barely any) twist in the middle of the string and only start to reverse twist8" from the limb tips or so. I make dacron strings shorter than i want, string the bow high, place the handle on the floor,...
Archery - Primitive Bows

Springbuck

09/20/14 4:27 PM
Re: Anyone identify this wood? (reply)
Patrick St M wrote: Elm doesn't grow in thickets nor does it have any thornlike spurs.Has to be prunus of some sort.  Elm grows primarily in thickets where I come from, but usually a big cluster of volunteer trees in a previosly cleared...
Archery - Primitive Bows

Springbuck

09/20/14 4:19 PM
Re: rowan sapling bow (reply)
Looks pretty good to my eye. I am also not too good at bows with "off" symetry from the side. One thing I do is carefully rough out the limbs (or whole bow depending on style) to a very consistent thickness as measured by calipers, and...
Archery - Primitive Bows

Springbuck

09/20/14 4:16 PM
Re: New to forum. Tillering and Black Locust Bow (reply)
Yeah, that was a grain problem, destined to give you trouble. Tillering sticks are fine, too, but the one single thing that stopped me messing up bows was the practice of not drawing the bow past the draw weight. Many guys use a pull...
Archery - Primitive Bows

Springbuck

09/20/14 4:11 PM
Re: Hickory Bow, trying again. (reply)
Having asymetrical limbs is not a crime, assuming the wood can take the strain (you have enough width and length, and total mass in the right places. To my eye this bow is bending just a BIT too much close to the fades, but not badly so....
Archery - Primitive Bows

Springbuck

09/20/14 4:02 PM
Re: Hickory Bow, trying again. (reply)
George Tsoukalas wrote: I would not do it with a board that you've narrowed in the handle.JawgeIt depends on how thick it was to begin with (and thus how much you will thin the limbs), but I agree with George.  The narrowed handle will...
Archery - Primitive Bows

Springbuck

09/20/14 3:54 PM
Re: Hickory Bow, trying again. (reply)
That's how i have done it, with angled dowels. You just need to put them in a place they don't affect the strength of anything else.  If they come out the front, they better be well inboard of the riser and well away from anything that...
Archery - Primitive Bows

Springbuck

09/20/14 3:52 PM
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