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Title: Question: Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea) desing
Post by: Strichev on July 03, 2017, 10:30:42 am
I have a nice dogwood stave ready; it has a somewhat high crowned back and it's 40 mm wide in it's current state (it's roughed out somewhat already) Having never worked with it before I wonder what sort of belly design would work? Flat or D section? The English Warbow Society says that dogwood is compression strong (except the knots) so I'm thinking about making a nice deep yew-like cross section.

It has only one knot about 6 mm wide pretty much around where the arrow pass is going to be, so I'm not too worried about it.

Apart from that - if anyone has any advice, please share.
Title: Re: Question: Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea) desing
Post by: Hrothgar on July 03, 2017, 04:45:55 pm
Never used dogwood, but based on your info and stave dimensions your plan sounds good.
Title: Re: Question: Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea) desing
Post by: Springbuck on July 08, 2017, 08:14:55 am
Dogwood is compression strong, but it is harder and stiffer than yew.  I would use a starting dimension about like the yew, but count on having to thin the limbs more than on a yew bow, meaning a flattened oval cross section or similar in some parts of the limb.