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English Warbow / Re: Bluebell sap adhesive?
« Last post by Lucasade on March 29, 2017, 11:46:38 pm »
The claim about Neolithic fletching adhesive was also made by an ancient reenactor who has a site called Ancient Crafts. He's been employed by English Heritage to work at Stonehenge so he may even know what he's talkking about.

I've done some more digging and found this: On page 18 it says there was a Mesolithic arrowhead found near Graffham, West Sussex that had bluebell adhesive on it. Sadly not a Neolithic fletching, but at least shows they were using it on arrows.
Bows / Re: run-out when splitting
« Last post by penderbender on March 29, 2017, 11:33:02 pm »
+1  if the pith isn't centered, the split will go towards the smaller side. That's true with splitting anything kindling, shakes, firewood, and staves. Always splits better from the top down as well.  Cheers- Brendan
Bows / Re: run-out when splitting
« Last post by mikekeswick on March 29, 2017, 11:19:48 pm »
I do not think that it is one long grain strand that you are jumping across when you steer, but splitting is a series of short jumps from one cell to the next that you are trying to follow the general run of.

actually if the splitoff piece is thinner than the splitfrom piece, then the wedge itself is  bending the thinner piece out of the way more, and causing the runoff.

Yep, dead right.
Start at the thin end.
Bows / Re: Inuit style Yew bow w/ sinew cable
« Last post by Beadman on March 29, 2017, 11:03:03 pm »
Goat...Yes flemish twisting up cordage can go along at a decent pace.I can remember making stinging nettle cordage at night after letting the dogs loose years ago.Making 8 to 10 foot at a time.Tough stuff.
I'm sure making enough was the key to your bow.All out of cows is the impressive part.
Around the Campfire / Re: Camper Roof?
« Last post by jimmi the sammi on March 29, 2017, 10:50:47 pm »
Very nice!  Dicor self leveling caulk is the cat's meow for finishing those screw heads and edges of roof "holes".  Another product I have used successfully for many years is "NP-1" caulk.  It will stick to just about anything.  (Wrote an article about its many uses published in PA some time back)

Living in HAIL country, I have replaced the sewage vent pipe covers with metal instead of plastic.  I also build 2" X 6" boxes covered with 3/4" plywood to fit over all of the "skylights/vents" to protect them from the "hard rain".  Sure has saved many replacement costs over the years.  Just have to remember to remove them from the roof before going down the road!  :o

A metal vent cover replaced the plastic "skylight" on my pickup camper which has saved it over the years.

Nice job.  It will be well worth it for many years to come.
Arrows- Sponsored by Trueshaft Archery / Re: Spine chart
« Last post by DC on March 29, 2017, 10:34:13 pm »
Awesome! Thanks Wayne, that's what I was after :D :D
Bows / Re: Ocean Spray question
« Last post by DC on March 29, 2017, 10:28:19 pm »
Steve -The reason I'm concerned is that I've had some staves that opened like a clam, I'm sure you've seen that. After a year of drying I filled the check with a wedge of walnut. It stayed for a few months and then we had a cold dry spell. It split between the Walnut and the OS. I think you posted one like that about a year back or maybe that was Plum.
 Just to make sure we're on the same wavelength the rubber isn't to seal the wood, I use a couple of coats of shellac for that. The rubber is there to mechanically keep the wood from opening up.
 OS is renowned for checking. Now that I cut the limbs to the pith(your idea) and seal the ends I have no problems with checking except for the handles. I've had a 1 1/2" handle open up a crack 1/2" across. If I can figure a way around that it will make for a lot nicer OS bow.
Bows / Re: Black locust flexy handle . . . after several iterations!
« Last post by Aaron H on March 29, 2017, 09:24:20 pm »
Great looking bow Mike, I like all of it
Around the Campfire / Re: Electrolysis rust removal
« Last post by Pat B on March 29, 2017, 09:22:13 pm »
I've got a griddle like that that I use all the time for grilled cheese samiches. Only butter on it and a wipe down well when still hot.
Arrows- Sponsored by Trueshaft Archery / Re: Spine chart
« Last post by TSA on March 29, 2017, 09:12:19 pm »
go to oak creek archery- he makes awesome spine testers- we exclusively use his.
his testers have the different graphs on them.

go to this page and the buttons at the bottom will take you to all the info and tables etc!
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