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Advice needed for making a bow

Postby rvictor » Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:00 pm

Good day

I have been following this forum for some time and only recently decided to join.

I have built a fiberglass recurve bow (which was a massive failure as I didn't reinforce the riser well enough :oops: ) but I want to try my hand at a solid wood longbow. I am based in Paarl, Western Cape, and I was wondering what wood I can use that is easy to find and not too expensive.

Thanks in advance
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Re: Advice needed for making a bow

Postby snowbeast » Sat Jan 30, 2016 6:32 am

I'm toying with the idea too!
Here is a good link/read. http://tradgang.com/noncgi/ultimatebb.p ... 2;t=000122
As for woods I think heartwood bows sells staves. Good to learn from

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Re: Advice needed for making a bow

Postby Standaman » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:09 am

brilliant!!!!
already sent an inquiry to heartwood for the right wood
my dad is big in his traditional bows and i would like to give this to him for his birthday
looking at a 45# @ 29" cause hes getting older
don't have any tools but luckily my uncle has got a wood work factory so that'll help plenty
thanks for the link snowbeast
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Re: Advice needed for making a bow

Postby Standaman » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:21 am

brilliant!!!!
already sent an inquiry to heartwood for the right wood
my dad is big in his traditional bows and i would like to give this to him for his birthday
looking at a 45# @ 29" cause hes getting older
don't have any tools but luckily my uncle has got a wood work factory so that'll help plenty
thanks for the link snowbeast
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Re: Advice needed for making a bow

Postby rvictor » Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:39 pm

Thanks for the information. I have decided to try and save my broken one piece recurve by making a takedown bow from the limbs to get more practice before spending money and making a mess again.
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Re: Advice needed for making a bow

Postby fujimo » Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:07 am

hiya guys, i introduced myself on the intro page- but this is probably where i will hang out most- as i am a dyed in the wool traditionalist. i love building my own bows- whether it be glass or self bows , and all the associated equipment. i am oroginally from weenen in kzn, but now reside on an island off the north westcoast of canada.

back to your question- for easy to find indigenous woods,white stinkwood makes a good stave for a bow, as does the common old mulberry. pecan nut is good too.
lots of the acacias will work too. always thought that acacia tortillus ( haak en steek doring)would be a good candidate-never tested it though.
treat all these woods like a hickory bow- make them wide and with as flat a back as you can get- with FLAT bellies- heat treat the bellies to aid with compression, tiller carefully and slowly and properly- yes there are right ways and wrong ways- its not just removing wood!

cut these staves in summer, strip the bark off carefully so as not to damage the back- seal the back and cut ends with white wood glue split them into the quadrants for suitable bow staves- and then put them in a shaded cool place- with no wind/breeze and allow to dry. this process can be sped up if need be- but again a right and a wrong way.
i really dont want to overstay my welcome, but these are some very quick pointers- if i can help in any way- or describe things in better detail- i am more than willing to help
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