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Title: Laburnum recurve
Post by: Pinaka longbows on May 24, 2019, 03:01:28 am
Hi,
After seeing my last donation of a bendy laburnum stave to my friend Leon Loef turning out so nice,  i set my mind on making a laburnum bow myself and searched for a fitting (less challenging  :BB) piece of would that would accomodate my attempt.  In March i was so lucky, and found a very nice tree.

Really love working with this stuff, although highly poisenous (take care of good mask!)
It bends relatively easy under heat and is a lively, springy material.
Most of all, the colors are so cool & impressive, i now understand why in older days these bows were usually gift bows for special occasions.

Anyway i think this experiment worked out fine, and I am looking foreward to my next build.

This one is 62" and draws 45lbs @28, hardwood arrow pass in the riser.

My next will be heavier, and hopefully my new daily shooter  (SH)

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Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: Limbit on May 24, 2019, 04:34:28 am
My dream wood to use. Never had the opportunity.
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: leonwood on May 24, 2019, 05:30:13 am
Real nice job my friend! Laburnum sure is one of the most beautiful bow woods out there! Excited to see what you make with the other staves! And thanks again for the stave you gave me, will probably build a reflex deflex out of that one next ;D
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: Ringeck85 on May 24, 2019, 06:37:55 am
 (A)That bow looks mighty fine!  Beautiful texture on that wood!!

If you could drink that bow wood, it would be like a smoky single malt Islay scotch!
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: DC on May 24, 2019, 06:46:46 am
Beautiful wood and bow!
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: SLIMBOB on May 24, 2019, 07:10:13 am
That's a beauty!  If I can offer an unsolicited critique, it might benefit from a little more bend near the fades.
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: Pinaka longbows on May 24, 2019, 07:19:49 am
Hi, probably true, however after first tillering and shooting some arrows it needed a little retiller. (sometimes wood does that to you   ::))
I didnt want to sacrifice much in drawweight, and so left it as is. Moreover this stave was more or less a test case, since i had never worked with laburnum before. Saved my beste stave for a new personal bow, and shared the remaining wealth with other bowyers.
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: Pinaka longbows on May 24, 2019, 07:26:07 am
(A)That bow looks mighty fine!  Beautiful texture on that wood!!

If you could drink that bow wood, it would be like a smoky single malt Islay scotch!

If you could drink that wood, you would be dead... its poisenous wood 
But I do understand were you are coming from. wouldnt mind a nice scotch with such a color  (lol)
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: SLIMBOB on May 24, 2019, 07:37:53 am
The wood is striking, and you did a very good job on it!
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: Marc St Louis on May 24, 2019, 12:59:11 pm
Lovely bow and the wood is indeed stunning
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: Rākau (NZnuka) on May 24, 2019, 02:11:59 pm
I'm not sure if there is a wood that looks better in a bow? all the examples I have seen are simply stunning and this one is carries on the high expectations.
I've heard people say that that sap wood is weak in tension, but after seeing yours and Leon's bows that doesn't seem to be the case?
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: DELTA_WOLF on May 24, 2019, 05:14:08 pm
That looks veeerry nice indeed, now that all the laburnum is blooming its much easier to id.
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: kbear on May 24, 2019, 07:45:10 pm
I will be on the lookout for this tree in future!
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: bowster on May 25, 2019, 01:13:37 am
wow, what a beauty
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: Pinaka longbows on May 25, 2019, 11:06:51 am
I'm not sure if there is a wood that looks better in a bow? all the examples I have seen are simply stunning and this one is carries on the high expectations.
I've heard people say that that sap wood is weak in tension, but after seeing yours and Leon's bows that doesn't seem to be the case?

Exactly the reason why I build a testbow of one lesser stave, before using the premium stave i kept.  From what I see in this one is that sapwood although somewhat porous stil quite strong.
Kept only 2 layers for contrast purpose.
Will most  certainly do this again in next one.
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: Rākau (NZnuka) on May 25, 2019, 01:05:45 pm
 thanks mate, thats good to know
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: Woodely on May 25, 2019, 02:05:09 pm
Nice looking bow and sweet bend.  Would rather stay clear of highly poisonous material though. 
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: simson on May 26, 2019, 09:33:08 am
That is a beauty - well done!
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: Pinaka longbows on May 31, 2019, 03:42:56 am
Nice looking bow and sweet bend.  Would rather stay clear of highly poisonous material though.

Most wood dust is not so good for your health, therefore it is always advisable to wear a dust mask and ventilate.
Tropical hardwoods like handroanthus are very aggressive, yew dust can cause serious problems
for laburnum, i think the saps are worst, and after drying the effects are reduced.

Just be aware and take good measures, you can easily work with this beautiful stuff

have fun building  :BB
Title: Re: Laburnum recurve
Post by: bjrogg on June 02, 2019, 07:47:03 am
I somehow missed this one. Nice bow and your right it is a beautiful wood. Looking
Forward to seeing the next one. Your personal one.
Bjrogg