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My 1st attempt at a bow
May 24th, 2020 at 5:02pm
 
Here i took most of my day off to relax,  and this is a ash stave i cut down last year. One of the 44 inch i cut roo short, i figured it would give me good practice.  Now so far i have only used a hatchet, i wanted to practice getting out the rough shape of it. Now there are a few mistakes with the wood cracking on the end, but i dont think it will be too much of an issue.  My next step is to pull out the rasp, and grab some sandpaper, probaly tomorrow. The design i drew was one i saw in  TBB volume 1.
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Reply #1 - May 24th, 2020 at 6:34pm
 
Good stuff
Keep it up!!
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Reply #2 - May 24th, 2020 at 7:55pm
 
Thanks, still lots of work left to do. But its getting there
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Reply #3 - May 24th, 2020 at 9:29pm
 
Nice get that stick bending 👍
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Reply #4 - May 25th, 2020 at 3:48am
 
Its definitely getting there , i was looking it over, alot more wood is needed to be removed
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Reply #5 - May 25th, 2020 at 4:58pm
 
So as i was using the rasp i was working on the handle, now i know this is my 1st one, but it looks to have developed cracks around the handle. Is there anyway to fix it? I was thinking a ton of sinew, but wanted to get some advice.  I was checking the bend on it so that might have caused the cracks.if the pics are not clear enough, i will get some better ones
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Reply #6 - May 25th, 2020 at 4:59pm
 
It is both sides of the handle on one side of the bow, the other side is perfectly fine
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Reply #7 - May 25th, 2020 at 5:07pm
 
That looks pretty significant  Undecided
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Reply #8 - May 25th, 2020 at 7:29pm
 
Negative. RIP noble piece of wood. First casualty of many.
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Reply #9 - May 25th, 2020 at 7:33pm
 
Just curious... does your rasp have very coarse teeth?
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Reply #10 - May 25th, 2020 at 8:11pm
 
@vetryan15 - You may have done this, I can't quite tell from the photos.  Are you familiar with the process of getting the back of your bow to one ring?
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Reply #11 - May 25th, 2020 at 8:45pm
 
The rasp is a farriers rasp. Double sided. This link is the one i got. It came in a kit.


https://www.3riversarchery.com/bow-building-tool-kit.html

https://www.3riversarchery.com/farriers-rasp-file-combo-bow-building-tool.html

@joe, i read about it in  TBB vol 1, but its one of thoee things i will need to reread, because parts of the book are a bit dry, i dont think i fully understand it. But i didnt do that. I just took a piece of wood and hacked away.
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Reply #12 - May 25th, 2020 at 10:28pm
 
I'll try to give you a quick explanation, because getting the back of your bow to one ring will be very helpful in its structural strength.

Think of it like this.  If you have a log from a tree and split it into quarters, each quarter will have a cross section that looks similar to a piece of pie, with the bark being the crust.  The bark side is going to be the back of your bow (the side that faces away from you when shooting).  So if all you do is strip off the bark, the outer most ring of the tree will be covering the entire back of the bow.  Meaning the back of the bow is at "one ring" (no LOTR jokes).  Does that make sense?

Some woods can actually be done this way.  Just strip off the bark, and you're done.  But sometimes the outer ring might be damaged.  Or the second or third ring (from the outside) might be a bit thicker, so you want to have that as the back.  You need to (carefully) cut away the outer rings of the tree until the ring you want covers the entire back of the bow.  This is usually done with a drawknife.

This video isn't too bad: https://youtu.be/z8aRn9dXxE0
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Reply #13 - May 25th, 2020 at 10:29pm
 
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There are a few species of wood that you do not have to chase a ring. Oak is one
Not sure about ash.

Living in a part of the counyry where relative humidity is ridiculously low this time of year (6-28%) I am always concerned about it and keep bows and staves in approx 50% humidity. I usrd to live in Maine and never did experience vrry low humidity, but that looks like a very dry piece ov wood.
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Reply #14 - May 25th, 2020 at 10:34pm
 
Sure.  But unless there is a reason that it can't be done, I think it should be done for any selfbow.
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