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Re: Making a longbow

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:45 pm

" />Ok, now this one is for me. American white oak again, 6 foot 1" long with a simple leather handle wrap and bone overlays on the tips and finished with several coats of danish oil.


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Re: Making a longbow

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:48 pm

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I left the wood natural rather than stain it. It pulls 50 Ib.

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Re: Making a longbow

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:51 pm

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Close up of the tip, I used regular epoxy and clamped it overnight before shaping the tips. Thought bone would be a nice change from the horn or antler you usually see.

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Re: Making a longbow

Post by Native on Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:17 pm

great.

have you got a full draw photo?

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Re: Making a longbow

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:49 pm

I've got a photo of it at full draw on the tiller though it's on my camera at work and i'm not in untill Monday! I'll post it up then.

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Re: Making a longbow

Post by grendel on Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:07 am

This guy suggests prehistoric people fired bows very differently to preset day archers.


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Re: Making a longbow

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:01 pm

Holy crap! He's got a point though.

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Post by grendel on Sun Jan 25, 2015 4:15 pm

The video shows a medieval image of the arrows being rested on the finger side, however a quick scan of Jean Froissart doesn't back this up.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/24/Battle_of_crecy_froissart.jpg

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Post by the barnacle on Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:00 pm

i hadnt thought a bow was used so quick - as it says we are used to seeing slow shots in movies - i wouldnt of liked to mess with a master bower - is bowere a word? (@:

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Re: Making a longbow

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:05 pm

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This is the longbow at full stretch (before the tips where added), in fact one further so at 28" or so. I had a hinge that refused to budge much and after a while I was a little worried to take any more wood away so the resulting bow is very slightly whip-ended. This was made from the piece of wood in the board of white oak next to the last one, this one had slightly more wibble to the grain but wasn't that bad. Maybe that was the cause of the fight in the tillering process.  The amount of wood I had to take off resulted in a slightly lighter poundage of pull than the last bow but at 50Ib for this one it makes it easier to draw. Anyway this one's my wife now, dave!

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Re: Making a longbow

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Mar 08, 2015 3:10 pm

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More bows, sorry! This is the Beechwood bow that I'm fighting with at the mo, it's bending way too much either side of the handle (Native saw that one coming) and has chrysaled slightly on the belly right near the handle. I'm following a plan which is rubbish and is simply a bad design, the handle is too short and abrupt at the fades, hence the trouble.


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Re: Making a longbow

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Mar 08, 2015 3:20 pm

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So this is my last ditch hope, two "fillets" that will be epoxied on over the chrysal and blended in with the rest of the handle giving the fades it should have had in the first place! I guess i'll have to bind over this with some epoxy soaked linen and hope it doesn't pop off.

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Re: Making a longbow

Post by the barnacle on Sun Mar 08, 2015 4:37 pm

shame you couldnt use contrasting wood and make it part of the design maybe shaped in some way for hand stops.

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Re: Making a longbow

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:20 pm

I did consider it, but it's going to be covered up by the binding. I guess I'm just adding back on the wood I shouldn't have removed!
Still it's a new bow design to me and I have learnt, the Grrr way!
These two pieces will all be carved back into the handle when its glued on, they're just little blocks resting on the handle in the pic.

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Re: Making a longbow

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:07 pm

" />Well I got this bow shooting and it seemed to fight me all the way. I just bound the handle with hemp string and wood glue and then was able to finish tillering without anything popping off. It pulls a nice feeling 30 pounds though already it's showing some small chrysals on the belly. I don't expect this one to last that long. Mad
Conclusions: Don't make a bow out of Beech wood even if it's European Beech, and make sure your plan is sound!

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