New longbow

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Project by Gibsonman posted 09-01-2017 03:35 AM 1924 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest attempt at longbow building. I used a hickory board from menards. Searching for the straightest grain board is the hardest part. I was shooting for a 50lb bow this time and I think I came pretty close. I center cut the arrow rest and I think this helps with shooting. The handle is cherry which I think compliments the pale hickory.
This is my second attempt at bow building in the last month. The first was a white oak bow that tillered perfectly but broke after I got too aggressive with cutting the arrow rest. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 09-01-2017 03:48 AM

Have thought about making a longbow, acquired some pacific yew years ago apparently the wood of choice for First Nations on the Pacific coast. What do you use for the stringing?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 09-01-2017 04:14 AM

I’ve seen and read that yew is a common wood that’s is used for bows. Kinda hard to come by here in Indiana. So far ive tried hickory, red oak, white oak, sassafras, and persimmon. I think all will work if I do my part. I use synthetic sinew for my strings. Seems to work fine. I even made one string from spiderwire fishing line. Worked ok but was really thin. Good luck with your attempt Andre. Plan on breaking a few before you get one to work. I’ve made 10 or more with only 3 staying together.

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#3 posted 09-01-2017 02:57 PM

You did a beautiful job on this longbow.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 09-01-2017 03:14 PM

Great Job! That’s a beautiful bow! As a fellow bowyer just wanted to say the process of building bows is addictive! But in a very good way, lol. Enjoy the journey and if your anything like most of us, after a couple hundred builds, you will still get excited about the process. Nothing feels like shooting that first shaft from a new bow!

-- SATISFACTION = a large pile of sawdust and a great finish when the job is done

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#5 posted 09-01-2017 05:22 PM

Nice work “Robin Hood”!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 09-01-2017 06:13 PM

Let us know how the Hickory works out. I have been thinking of laminating maple and walnut for a recurve, just not sure if it will hold up.

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#7 posted 09-02-2017 01:14 AM

So far I’ve had good luck with hickory. The other bow i made last summer is still shooting well. I have a piece of black walnut i’m thinking about trying next. Might back it with white oak. Caveman you are right it is addictive. Even before this one was finished i had ideas for my next one.

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