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Offline mikebarg

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Privet Sapling- snap, crackle,pop
« on: June 01, 2020, 08:47:58 pm »
Well, it was a 1" diameter privet sapling. The bow was 55" TTT, pulling 30# @ 22 inches. But, after about 60 shots.... crack....

Offline dylanholderman

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Re: Privet Sapling- snap, crackle,pop
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2020, 09:09:12 pm »
my high crowned stuff breaks like that except the end is usually more tapered, could just be the difference in woods we're using.
was there a pin knot anywhere near that break?

looks like there was a very slight thin spot just ahead of the break.

Offline Rākau

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Re: Privet Sapling- snap, crackle,pop
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2020, 09:11:54 pm »
bugger, any chrysals on the belly by the crack?

Offline mikebarg

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Re: Privet Sapling- snap, crackle,pop
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2020, 09:18:24 pm »
The belly looks fine . here you can see a knot on the edge.

Offline dylanholderman

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Re: Privet Sapling- snap, crackle,pop
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2020, 10:02:25 pm »
Possible that the knot acted as a stress riser making it let go there  ??? some other guys might come along with some more insight.

In my opinion from what I can see with that braced pic you were looking good but itís hard to say for sure without a unbraced and full draw shot, high crown and short length upped the challenge for you but keep at it high crown staves can be pretty fast for a stick bow when they work out.

Offline mikebarg

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Re: Privet Sapling- snap, crackle,pop
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2020, 10:06:01 pm »
The first pic shows braced and un-braced. But, I didn't get a full draw pic.

Offline dylanholderman

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Re: Privet Sapling- snap, crackle,pop
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2020, 10:53:24 pm »
wow my brain totally slid over that one  :fp

i think you were on the right track just right this one off as learning experience/flaw that you couldn't see from the outside and nail the next one.
if you ain't breakin you ain't makin

Offline Rākau

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Re: Privet Sapling- snap, crackle,pop
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2020, 07:26:07 pm »
it looks like you had a thin spot just before the knot there/ between the two knots  this could have been the culprit.

Offline mikebarg

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Re: Privet Sapling- snap, crackle,pop
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2020, 04:36:36 pm »
Yes. A little bit of undulation in that limb and that knot messed with my mind. I'm going to try again when I find a similar sapling to work. I had another larger diameter roughed out piece of privet drying but it developed a crack on the back. I haven't had that problem with privet before.

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Re: Privet Sapling- snap, crackle,pop
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2020, 06:29:38 pm »
that's interesting, I find privet to be the easiest wood to dry that I have come accross, I have stripped the bark off 3" saplings and not even sealed the ends and still haven't had drying checks.

Offline Hamish

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Re: Privet Sapling- snap, crackle,pop
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2020, 06:45:13 pm »
What was the brace Height? It looked a little high for the bows length. It wouldn't have been a crucial issue, but could have contributed to the cumulative stress.