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Old 16 February 2017, 15:16
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Didn't get much time to work on it yesterday, as I had to take my Catahoula for a $450 vet visit. I'm not terribly happy at the moment...but, such is life.

Yeah, the draw weight on some of the traditional English longbows is incredible. If I can ever get some English yew, I've thought about trying to make a war bow...but I'll finish this project first and see how it goes.
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Old 16 February 2017, 15:22
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He does sell osage staves as well. If you're looking to cut your own, I'd suggest spending a great deal of time studying the bowyer's bible first, and get a very good idea of what to look for in a stave...otherwise, it's a helluva thing to wait 2 years and make a bow that splinters under full draw.
I bought a rough cut Osage 2"x8"x8' board from Local Wood in Berryville, VA for $60. I dont know how great a price that is or if it suitable for something you could make a bow out of.

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Old 16 February 2017, 15:31
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I bought a rough cut Osage 2"x8"x8' board from Local Wood in Berryville, VA for $60. I dont know how great a price that is or if it suitable for something you could make a bow out of.

http://www.localwoodva.com/
It could be just fine...I've seen plenty of good bow wood in lumber yards and such. The benefit of buying a stave from a bowyer is that he has already selected the staves, so in theory, you don't have to put in the time and effort to find the right one.

That is all to say, you might have a perfectly solid bow stave there at a helluva price. I'd have to get a good look at the grain to say for sure.

If I were going to buy from the link you posted, I'd probably want to stop by first and try to give the seller a good idea of what I look for in a stave, and ask him to set those pieces aside for me. Otherwise, it's hard to know what you're getting when you order sight-unseen...that said, if I pass through NOVA anytime soon, that's exactly what I'll do. Would be nice to have a more reasonably priced source of bow wood.
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Old 16 February 2017, 16:04
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It could be just fine...I've seen plenty of good bow wood in lumber yards and such. The benefit of buying a stave from a bowyer is that he has already selected the staves, so in theory, you don't have to put in the time and effort to find the right one.

That is all to say, you might have a perfectly solid bow stave there at a helluva price. I'd have to get a good look at the grain to say for sure.

If I were going to buy from the link you posted, I'd probably want to stop by first and try to give the seller a good idea of what I look for in a stave, and ask him to set those pieces aside for me. Otherwise, it's hard to know what you're getting when you order sight-unseen...that said, if I pass through NOVA anytime soon, that's exactly what I'll do. Would be nice to have a more reasonably priced source of bow wood.
Happy to help. I have bought stuff from them several times and they are good people. Also, FYI they sell hand forged iron stuff too like fireplace tools, shelf brackets, hooks, etc. The blacksmith that makes the iron stuff is a former MACV-SOG SF guy. Had some great conversations with him.
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Rough-cutting mostly complete. Basically smoothing everything out with a block plane and a set of rasps.


Do have cabinet scrappers yet?
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Do have cabinet scrappers yet?
Not yet...trying to limit my financial contributions to this endeavour: 1 new tool every few months is about all I get without going over budget.
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Old 16 February 2017, 20:19
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$12 and prime shipping

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Very cool thread. I'll be following this one. I've always been interested in making my own bow.
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Old 19 February 2017, 01:53
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BOFH, great thread. Following with great interest.

ETA. Is there a way to seal it naturally, or is it left as is?
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Old 19 February 2017, 18:30
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BOFH, great thread. Following with great interest.

ETA. Is there a way to seal it naturally, or is it left as is?
I am making this particular bow as primitive as possible, so I'm sealing it with rendered fat and beeswax. As far as I know there are a huge number of different sealants used by a lot of bowyers...but I want to keep this one as primitive as I can.
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I am making this particular bow as primitive as possible, so I'm sealing it with rendered fat and beeswax. As far as I know there are a huge number of different sealants used by a lot of bowyers...but I want to keep this one as primitive as I can.
I hear you on the primitive aspect. I didn't know about the rendered fat use, learned something new. Looking forward to seeing it completed. Good luck!
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I still need to spend some time refining the handle, and I haven't sealed it yet, but it's shooting pretty well and didn't take too much "set." Someone liked it enough to ask me to make one for his dad's birthday, so I guess that's a good sign.

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Old 13 March 2017, 13:22
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That is fairly bad ass.
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Outsanding! It looks great, we need more pics. Whats the details of length of pull and weight at pull? Brace height might be a little high.
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Outsanding! It looks great, we need more pics. Whats the details of length of pull and weight at pull? Brace height might be a little high.
I wanted higher than normal brace height, but not that high. Hasn't affected the way it shoots, though, so I really can't complain. Pulling about 70lbs at 29" (which will chew your fingers up quick, fast, and in a hurry.)

String is B-50 string material, basic Flemish twist.

...and I'll get more pictures up soon. Been carving on other things since I finished the bow...made a spoon from white oak and a fork from hickory today, because I got bored.
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very cool. Dont forget to sign it in case you head off to become a famous bowmaker.
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I moved this to the fieldcraft forum. Let's discuss non-compound bows here.
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