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Re: My Work

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:37 pm

Oops! Mookite, sorry. I really should know better since Grendel sent me a link to Mookite, really cosmic looking rock though.
As for the bows, I thought it was rawhide. I've just been given vols I + II of the traditional bowyers bible which is a fabulous piece of work, rawhide as a backing features a lot.
Did you use hide glue or something else to stick them down?

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Post by Native on Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:18 pm

Yeah, they're great books!

I've used hide glue before on rawhide bakings, but I think I used wood glue on these bows.... Soak the rawhide first, before applying. I used wood glue on snake skin backings too.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:55 pm

Aha! Very good to know wood glue works for rawhide backings for bows.
Just have to get vols III + IV now and the death star of primitive bows will be fully operational!! Mwahahaha Twisted Evil

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Post by Native on Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:37 pm

Let me know if you need any rawhide, the thinner the better. I think I've got some fallow hide in the workshop.

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Post by Native on Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:39 pm

I have a friend who has shot the bow on the cover of vol 4

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:36 pm

Would chamois leather work if it was soaked in wood glue? Just pondering, I'm not sure it's really that stong unlike rawhide. Hmm...
As for your friend, he is a lucky dude. That bow looks awesome.
I'll post some pics of the new bone tipped long bow if you would like a gander? It will take a few days as my camera will not work somehow with my crap computer but there is a way!

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Post by Native on Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:36 am

Yeah, I'd love to see! I'd only back an adults bow with rawhide if I had too! Rawhide doesn't add to performance, if anything it slows the bow down... Sinew of course is a different matter!

Yeah, he was hunting with jim Hamm, who is the editor... They wanted to use my friends arrow for the cover, bust didn't hit the deadline.... The bow is made by Tim baker, I think a wild plumb sampling bow!

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:53 pm

Native, I've posted the pics of the new bow under the Making a longbow topic, enjoy!

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:23 pm

Hi Native, just wondering if you've ever used European Beech (Fagus Sylvatica) to make a bow?
The story goes like this: A couple of weeks ago I went to the local timber yard in search of sutable bow wood, to my pleasent surprise they stocked Ash and American white Oak, the latter I've used as you know. Ash was something I wanted to try out but all the boards had wonky grain so I went through all of the white oak and found one with lovelly striaght grain at the dimentions I was after.
This was at about 4:15 in January and the light was faiding fast, and the piece of wood I eventually bought looked a little different to what I had in the past. I took this to be natural variation untill a day later in full sunlight I saw that I had Beech instead! The staff managed to miss this too.
The Americans are not keen on making bows out of thier own Beech (Fagus Gradifolia), but this is a different type to what we have here. Do you think it will work? Maybe I need to consider a backing now! Hmmm...
The wood is really heavy and the specific gravity is close to Yew, It would be a shame to give up on this wood as I've started to shape it into a flat bow.

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Post by Native on Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:50 am

Hello. so sorry for the delay in getting back to you!


I've not tried beach yet and have also heard that the Americans don't like there variety. 

i would give it a go  though! I've heard for years that willow makes a terrible bow but I've seen plenty of good made! 

are you sure its beech and hot hornbeam? that makes an excellent bow!

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Fri Feb 06, 2015 11:59 pm

Ah Native, and I'm now late getting back to you!
I'm sure it's Beech and I've looked at the Wood database for facts and figures and sure enough American Beech is not as good as English Beech and the latter actually looks ok for a bow, specific gravity, modulus of rupture and elasticity look much better than thier species.
I'm going to carry on and I'll post some pics of progress of the new beast on Monday.
As for Willow, just make the limbs wider and flatter and it will be a good bow wood (Bowyer's bible again!). I am surprised as I only use Willow as an arrow wood second to Hazel, there's hardly any weight to the wood...

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:22 pm

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Well this is the beech bow so far, I've now worked the bow down on the belly and given it some string nocks. The tiller awaits... I got some natural flax fibre and I'm in two minds whether to back it with that and some wood glue, I would think nettle would serve well as a backing too.
Just as a precaution I've made it uber long at 74", more wood to spead the load I guess, if it pulls too light I can always shorten it.

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Post by Native on Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:21 am

Looks an interesting design ... It will be super fast when tillerered! Be careful of the last third of each limb... Pyramid bows can easily develop a whip tiller! 

How long are your fade outs? May I suggest you lengthen them some what to avoid hinging near the handle. Or is it a working handle? If so, forget that I said!

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:43 pm

It is a little odd, It's the first build-along in Nickolas Tomihama's book "The beginner's guide to building bows" and its the half pyramid design so the measuerments are the same as his although I've left it much longer.
The fades are slightly misaligned to the handle cut-ins but not by much and the thickness is constant along the limbs so you get a slight visual illusion with the side taper that looks like it gets thicker towards the tip!
The bend is in the middle of the limbs so far with a little floor tillering, and in the book the handle is added on after tillering so I could get it bending through the handle and just leave that part out. I'll see scratch

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Post by Native on Thu Feb 12, 2015 3:00 pm

Is there supposed to be two photos? I can only see one.

Whats a half pyramid design?

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:08 pm

I only posted one picture and rambled on a bit!
Who knows what a half pyramid design is, I'm kinda new to bow making and when I've been talking in an archery shop this is rather apparent, eek! That's what Nickolas calls it in the book, I guess its a pyramid bow bit a little less wide and flared near the handle. You're right, I should post a pic of the belly to see what I'm gabbling about.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:04 pm

Native wrote:Let me know if you need any rawhide, the thinner the better. I think I've got some fallow hide in the workshop.
Now I've had a little splinter raise (my fault) on the inside edge of the handle I think it might be time to get some rawhide! How much for a couple of bows? And do you part with any exotic knapping rock btw?
As for the bow, I'm not enjoying this build so far... I think flatbows are odd and very "blocky" looking. I reserve the right to change my mind though once I round off the edges. He he.

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Post by Native on Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:47 pm

Hello.

You should be ok if it's in the handle as it doesn't bend. I'm away from my workshop for a couple of weeks... I'm sure I must have some rawhide though. If I have plenty, I'm more than happy to send you some. Just pm me your address. 

I havnt got that much non UK rock... Maybe a little bit obsidian, I'm more than happy to trade that, I'm not really a fan of it... I'll have a rummage the next time I'm at the workshop. 

I love flat bows! Especially when they have a bit of character

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:42 pm

Oooh thank you on both counts. Keep me posted when you know.
The split raised as it was bending through the handle a little more than I was comfortable with, that and I didn't round off the edges enough. School boy error. Thank god for glue..

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