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Offline dreamcraft_archery

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Sweet Cherry Recurve 45-50# @26"
« on: March 16, 2022, 03:18:45 pm »
Hi guys!

My first try at sweet cherry (Prunus avium) wood bow. The stave was seasoned for nearly 2 years. I used one sapwood growth ring for the back, the rest was the heartwood. What's interesting - both heartwood and sapwood at the same growth ring at some spots mixing with each other. The same thing can be observed on european ash wood.
I applied my trusty design on this one. Limbs at widest are 2 1/5". I tillered the bow to 45-50 lb at 26", 27" is the max draw. The bow is 66" ntn. For arrow shelf and horn overlays I used cow horn. I'm happy with the outcome. The stick took around 1" of set.

Here is my build along video:
https://youtu.be/ne8jUn8WOPM

Have a great day guys!

Offline diliviu

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Re: Sweet Cherry Recurve 45-50# @26"
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2022, 04:19:06 pm »
What a beauty! Should be fast, also.

Offline dreamcraft_archery

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Re: Sweet Cherry Recurve 45-50# @26"
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2022, 04:34:20 pm »
Thank you! Yes it feels fast!

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Re: Sweet Cherry Recurve 45-50# @26"
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2022, 04:40:33 pm »
Very nice recurve. The bow looks nice with the contrast between the sap wood and heartwood.  :OK
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Offline Stixnstones

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Re: Sweet Cherry Recurve 45-50# @26"
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2022, 06:10:20 pm »
Very cool lookin bow.... nice work
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Offline WhistlingBadger

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Re: Sweet Cherry Recurve 45-50# @26"
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2022, 06:16:52 pm »
Beautiful.  What's sweet cherry like to work with?  I aspire to build a bow out of chokecherry, but it has to be backed.  Anyway, I love the heartwood/sapwood contrast.
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Re: Sweet Cherry Recurve 45-50# @26"
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2022, 08:29:51 pm »
Sweet bow!  Love those contrasting Colours.  Looks a lot like yew. 
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Offline bentstick54

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Re: Sweet Cherry Recurve 45-50# @26"
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2022, 10:31:56 pm »
Very nice looking recurve. Love the contrast between sapwood and heartwood also. Congrats on a job well done.

Offline Kidder

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Re: Sweet Cherry Recurve 45-50# @26"
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2022, 02:37:49 am »
Thatís a really nice bow - probably my favorite of the bows Iíve seen you post, and youíve posted some beauties. Great work!

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Re: Sweet Cherry Recurve 45-50# @26"
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2022, 03:43:14 am »
Very nice bow. Good work.   8)

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Re: Sweet Cherry Recurve 45-50# @26"
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2022, 05:35:06 am »
Beautiful outcome from your build.I've got black cherry here that makes excellent bows too if the design does'nt get too stressfull.
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Offline bassman211

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Re: Sweet Cherry Recurve 45-50# @26"
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2022, 10:57:48 am »
Nice bow. W Badger 66 long , and 2 and 1/5 wide with linen, rawhide, sinew, or maybe no backing at if it is a really good piece of choke cherry should make you a successful bow. I am convinced the cc bows that blew for me were to narrow ,and short for the wood.

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Re: Sweet Cherry Recurve 45-50# @26"
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2022, 12:26:29 pm »
I like it!
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Offline dreamcraft_archery

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Re: Sweet Cherry Recurve 45-50# @26"
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2022, 04:22:43 pm »
Thank you guys for your kind comments.
Speaking about my feelings about working with this wood - I'd say it's easy to work with hand tools and can be easily violated by the vise so it's a bit soft. I guess the cherry we have here in Europe might be sligthly different. After just a single build it's hard to say something for sure about this species. No doubts it's knotty and as I said the heartwood is mixing on the same growth ring with sapwood. Perhaps they have the same or similar properties. I think it handled this stressful design pretty well. 

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Re: Sweet Cherry Recurve 45-50# @26"
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2022, 04:32:44 pm »
Sweet. Thatís just they shape I like em.
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