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May 21st, 2012 at 5:02pm
 
I started building a bow this morning, I started around 7 or so and went non stop until 1:35.  Chased a ring, got the bow roughed in and started to floor tiller and the bow delaminated.  There was a spot in the stave, I planned to tiller the spot out, but I never got the chance.  I guess I will make a kids bow out of what's left of the stave.
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Reply #1 - May 21st, 2012 at 5:11pm
 
Delaminated? Were you making a fiberglass bow or does that happen with self bows too?

Sorry to hear it though. I've broken about 1/2 dozen bows over the past year. Now I have to force myself to slow down if I want the bow to turn out like I want it too. You can also learn a lot more from a broken bow than a working bow. Find the errors and use it to help improve your next bow.

  Once I break a bow I take a very deep breath and let it out, learn from my mistake, and throw the bow in the brush pile and start a new bow right away. Breaking a few staves is just part of the process, it's really important no to dwell on it.

Remember, when it comes to bows: "If you ain't breaking, you ain't making"  Smiley
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I was pretty good at slinging like 10 years ago.
 
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Reply #2 - May 22nd, 2012 at 9:59am
 
The very first bow I attempted was made of poplar.   I did not do any research...   Poplar has an unfortunate tendency to bend "so far" and no further, and that's exactly what happened.   In the process of tillering the 3/4 finished stave, it simply let go while I was "flexing" it on the tillering tree...
Made quite a loud bang....
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Reply #3 - May 22nd, 2012 at 11:18pm
 
No, this was a piece of osage, it had a discolored spot on the belly side of the stave.  As near as I can figure, something hit this tree about 75 to  100 years ago and almost broke it.  It's on a floodplain, I figured it had a tree or large limb slam into it.  It eventually washed into the creek, where I found it and started to salvage parts of it.  I managed to make a 48 inch (1.2m) plains style bow, it pulls about 40 (16kg) pounds at 25 (63cm) inches.

This didn't make it to the tillering tree, as soon as I removed enough wood for it to flex when floor tillering, I heard "tick, crack and crackle".  I hate hearing those sounds when making a bow!  I got three bow staves from that one split, one has and one doesn't have the spots and I still have the rest of the tree, once I get it out of the creek bed.  And I already have a barn full of wood that is already seasoned, all I have to do is start working on it.
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