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David Morningstar
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My first bow
Mar 24th, 2010 at 8:56am
 

From a carefully selected plank of beech to a five foot long 40lbs bow... 

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Re: My first bow
Reply #1 - Mar 24th, 2010 at 10:28am
 
Well done, David!  That bow is beautiful.  How does it shoot?  Looking forward to a video of that on youtube (just checked my subscriptions, and I see you don't have one up yet).   Smiley
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Reply #2 - Mar 24th, 2010 at 10:37am
 
Nice looking Bow David, Sure look's like It turned out good for ya, I like that length & draw weight, I've yet to make a Bow and I need to get a good board for my first  attempt/practice and then I want to try my hand on a Bow stave to make a selfbow, Thank's for sharing the picture's,
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Reply #3 - Mar 24th, 2010 at 12:30pm
 
well done, sir! seriously, that is magnificent for your first one. have you named her yet?
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Reply #4 - Mar 24th, 2010 at 1:07pm
 

I'll be paying my folks a visit from Monday so there will be video from then. I cant honestly tell you how it shoots, apart from 'fast!', because I am a hopelessly inexperienced archer (not to mention massively biased Wink)

So far I've just been calling this one 'Shorty'. A bit of bad grain stopped it from being any longer.  All the others will be six footers at least Smiley
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Reply #5 - Mar 24th, 2010 at 1:39pm
 
'Shorty' is a good name Cheesy   the tiller looks excellent, David. are you going to put a finish on it? wrapped handle? have you made special arrows for it?
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Reply #6 - Mar 24th, 2010 at 3:44pm
 
Congratulations for your first bow, it looks rather beautiful, it`s only fault is its ability to make people envious Wink
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Reply #7 - Mar 24th, 2010 at 4:45pm
 
Paleoarts wrote on Mar 24th, 2010 at 1:39pm:
'Shorty' is a good name Cheesy   the tiller looks excellent, David. are you going to put a finish on it? wrapped handle? have you made special arrows for it?


I'll do a bit more rasping to make the handle less blocky, sand and finish with beeswax polish, black leather handle wrap... more arrows are the next thing to work on before I visit my folks cos I only have one good one.
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Reply #8 - Mar 24th, 2010 at 7:07pm
 
Nice bow!
But what is "rasping"?
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Reply #9 - Mar 24th, 2010 at 8:28pm
 
awesome bow! my first 2 bows are laying in the woods now..in multiple pices  Grin
you did a real good job on it

rasping is when you use a rasp( a rough file) to shape the wood
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Reply #10 - Mar 24th, 2010 at 8:39pm
 
Looks well tillered, congrats!   Red oak, is it not?   Planning to use a backing?    Not a bad idea; linen or silk will prevent any splinters from lifting from the back of the bow, and hold the bits together if it does let go.
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Reply #11 - Mar 24th, 2010 at 9:17pm
 
Thanks aztec  Smiley So a file is used?
What about a paracord wrap for the handle? How long did it take you to make?
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Reply #12 - Mar 26th, 2010 at 5:51pm
 
That is a really great looking bow. Nice Job!
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Reply #13 - Mar 26th, 2010 at 6:32pm
 
its like a file, but its teeth are designed more for wood working than for metal
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Reply #14 - Mar 26th, 2010 at 7:47pm
 
Think of a rasp like a cross between a file and a saw. Rasps have teeth that remove the wood instead of grooves like a file. I've wanted to pick up archery for a while, and when I do I'm going to make a bow like this one.
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