Feb 02 2007

Elm Bow Update

Published by at 6:12 pm under Plant Materials

I was aiming at getting a 60 pounder out of this stave. Due to a couple of bad decisions when I removed the bulk of the wood, I may be ending up with a 40 pounder. Not what I want, but it’ll do until I make another one.

To day I started some initial floor tillering. It seems like the wood may be a month or so from being totally dry, but I got a feel of it still. The reason why I don’t think it is totally dry is because it doesn’t snap back, but retreats slowly. The tillering is done by watching the curve while flexing it onto the ground.

The adjustment is made by scraping with a sharp flake on the stiffest spots. Can’t say I am as enthusiastic in regards to this bow anymore, but I will follow it through. Who knows, some extra seasoning, may add a few pounds of draw weight.


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2 Responses to “Elm Bow Update”

  1. Survival Acreson 02 Feb 2007 at 9:12 pm

    What about using a backing material to increase the spine weight? You can still do that, can’t you?

  2. torjusgaarenon 03 Feb 2007 at 10:06 am

    I could add draw weight by sinew backing, but it is a long bow, so it would take a lot of sinew.

    Alternatively I can raise the weight by shortening it a little. I’ll see what the drawweight is first.

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