This is a bow that I have been working with for a while. I pick at it a bit then leave it and so on. All in all it's been close to a year since I felled the Mountain Ash tree that you see here.
Now there are a few things here that I am concerned about.
1. The tiller: I see that the ends are not the same to start so I am worried that I will stress one limb out if I go for a pretty looking even tiller. Also the belly has some crapy spots that wanted to splinter when I was roughing it out. It looks almost like some of that will be in the finished bow. I'm not the best at seeing tiller so help with this is much appreciated.
2. Checks in the handle: I was hoping for a thin handle with a short grip, not a beast. The checks look like they run deep so I am wondering if I will have to plane the handle down and add some other wood in order to make this happen or would it be a good idea to just turn it into a bend in the handle design?
3. Heat Treating: is this too far along to heat treat? I have heard over and over that ash (white?) really likes it when you heat treat the belly. I live in a dry part of northern Alberta if this makes a difference.
4. Tips: Where I have them roughed out, the string bisects the handle nicely. However I was going to try for the pin knocks which are starting to look worse and worse in my mind. Any design input for this?
Anyhow thank you for any help. I usually like to learn on my own however I think that I owe this piece of wood the best that it can get so I'm swallowing my pride for the time being.