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Reply #30 - Jan 4th, 2021 at 9:30pm
 
LOL, at an average price of $60, I would just hang that osage stave on the wall Cheesy
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Reply #31 - Jan 5th, 2021 at 3:45am
 
I got big birch quarters logs cut up. Big enough u can get 2 or 3 bows per piece. If anyone is in the area. U can have some.
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Reply #32 - Jan 5th, 2021 at 1:13pm
 
walter wrote on Jan 4th, 2021 at 9:30pm:
LOL, at an average price of $60, I would just hang that osage stave on the wall Cheesy


I feel the same way about Yew.

Hardwood Lumber yards my good men. Hardwood lumber yards. Get yourself enough hickory or shoot any other wood for practically nothing.  Even without a truck just make a trip and have them cut you a 20ft board of hickory into 6 ft sections. You'll have enough for  what... 8 bows at least depending on style.

And hickory is king in Arizona Walter. You'll like it I bet.  Cheesy
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Reply #33 - Jan 5th, 2021 at 5:41pm
 
I wiil probably buy a hickory stick on the net asap, but inspired by how well the last bow shoots and how little set it took, I started another red oak bow a couple days ago. This one is 68" n-n, 1 3/4" wide at fades to 3/8" at tips and I am trapping the back. Have one limb trapped 7° . Hope to get the other limb trapped and tips reflexed this weekend. Hoping for less than 1 1/2" set.
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Reply #34 - Jan 5th, 2021 at 6:37pm
 
Overpowered compression is definitely a contributing factor of set.  Have you tried tempering the belly yet?

If I make a bamboo backed poplar bow instead of sinew backed which has been a consideration,  I've considered doing a very heavy trapping to see if I can force it to work. I suspect the boo will crush it like a tin can either way lol. Still worth a shot.
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Reply #35 - Jan 5th, 2021 at 8:31pm
 
Yes I have heat treated a couple of bows. One caught on fire Embarrassed The other not cooked enough. Trapping may be a saner approach. The ifs, what ifs and whys are what makes bowyering so interesting    Huh
Hope you post the results of your experiment.
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Reply #36 - Jan 6th, 2021 at 5:15am
 
I learned a lot from this video about bowbuilding even though I don't have osage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3v8mvqR8DU

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Reply #37 - Jan 9th, 2021 at 8:30pm
 
walter wrote on Jan 5th, 2021 at 8:31pm:
Yes I have heat treated a couple of bows. One caught on fire Embarrassed The other not cooked enough. Trapping may be a saner approach. The ifs, what ifs and whys are what makes bowyering so interesting    Huh
Hope you post the results of your experiment.


I like to keep s’more ingredients sitting by in case things go bad. S’mores for white woods, craft beer for Osage and Crown Royal if I burned a Yew stave. Obviously the worse the screw up the higher the shelf.
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Reply #38 - Jan 11th, 2021 at 5:21pm
 
I sorta finished my first bow today.
Corners were cut during the process but I have tested it and it definitely works even if only ineffectively. It was stripped of its bark and seasoned for a month. I never really cut a profile, only tillered it a bit so it still is round but I strung it and it's not too bad.

Any advice to do now? I have pulled on it a couple of times to break it.
Should I use a weight or stick to leave the bow bend like you
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Reply #39 - Jan 11th, 2021 at 10:40pm
 
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No, you should not draw a bow past brace and hold it there for more thana second or two because that will strain the bow and induce excessive set, which will lower poundage at your draw length.  Wink
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Reply #40 - Jan 12th, 2021 at 4:11pm
 
Duly noted. How much should I pull it? At the moment it seems too tight for me to launch an arrow very far but that might also be due to much underdeveloped arrow holding muscles.

When I draw back the first few centimetres are really dull but then it suddenly gets VERY resistant.
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Reply #41 - Jan 12th, 2021 at 8:21pm
 
I'm editing this comment because I misread the previous post.

A low early draw weight is usually indicative of deflex or set depending on what's going on. While a lot is bad a little is normal especially for newer bowyers. It robs bows of efficiency but a little set like 1/2 " is sometimes a sign of a bow that's not over built so that's good though to determine that one needs a bit of practice and experience. Still good though as virtually no one by themselves starts out building very low set bows. It's a process.
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Reply #42 - Jan 13th, 2021 at 10:09am
 
Morphy wrote on Jan 12th, 2021 at 8:21pm:
good though to determine that one needs a bit of practice and experience

That is probably the best advice there is.
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