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Offline FilipT

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Re: 135lb holly bow
« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2017, 01:15:55 am »
EWBS should really start with tillering bows to 30" and measuring records with them. I don't know why they insist on 32".

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Re: 135lb holly bow
« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2017, 01:38:10 am »
It's all being changed now.  Many people who shoot heavy bows are now using 30" or just over.

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Re: 135lb holly bow
« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2017, 01:51:44 am »
That is cool. When I visited website some time ago all records were done at 32" draw so I asked myself why not change.

Btw, if your holly bow is big in cross section and shorter in length why did you got 135# out of it? You said before that it is even stronger than ash and I remembered that you tend to use much thinner bows out of ash to get same equivalent of poundage. That is why on previous page I thought it is a bit weaker than ash.

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Re: 135lb holly bow
« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2017, 01:54:45 am »
It's not heat treated yet.  I expect it to get up to at least 145lb once it is.

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Re: 135lb holly bow
« Reply #19 on: October 02, 2017, 10:16:23 am »
After one session of heat treating, the bow hit 155lb at 29", and then went pop through one of the moldy looking blue-stain sections.

Very promising as a heavy bow wood!!

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Re: 135lb holly bow
« Reply #20 on: October 02, 2017, 12:32:43 pm »
So its broken? Too bad if so. What do you think these stains are? I noticed exactly same on english oak board bow that blew up last year somewhere around 26" on tiller.

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Re: 135lb holly bow
« Reply #21 on: October 03, 2017, 12:35:31 am »
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that, had really high hopes for that one

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Re: 135lb holly bow
« Reply #22 on: October 03, 2017, 01:39:14 am »
It's a good thing.  I'd rather find out that holly can deal with those weights and blow up a dodgy one.  It means when I get a REALLY clean stave I can push it even harder.

There's no fun in making countless bows that don't push the limits, and if they don't break, you don't know where the limit is ;)

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Re: 135lb holly bow
« Reply #23 on: October 03, 2017, 03:21:29 am »
Where did you get such big piece you can use for bows? And is that common holly I have in my garden, one with pointy leaves and berries?

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Re: 135lb holly bow
« Reply #24 on: October 03, 2017, 03:43:06 am »
Yep, common holly! Ilex aquifolium.