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Bows / Re: European Yew Branch Bow
« Last post by dreamcraft_archery on Today at 03:52:25 pm »
Thank you! I like such challenging sticks  )-w(
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Bows / Re: Osage has broken my heart...
« Last post by RyanY on Today at 03:50:10 pm »
Equilibrium would be at 4.5-6% MC for that low of humidity and temp of 70F.
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Bows / Re: Osage has broken my heart...
« Last post by Fox on Today at 03:47:34 pm »
Well I heated it but two weeks ago, figured that'd be plenty enough time for it to rehydrate, maybe not though?
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Bows / Re: Osage has broken my heart...
« Last post by bradsmith2010 on Today at 03:40:34 pm »
heating bow,,in dry winter conditions, can make it break,, or bring the moisture content dangerously low,,
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Bows / Re: Osage has broken my heart...
« Last post by Fox on Today at 03:22:30 pm »
Yes osage is certainly like gold to me... it did not have any rot, the staves were handled well... one thought was too dry... it has been in my house which is usually around 20-30% humidity from the wood stove.
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Bows / Re: Osage has broken my heart...
« Last post by Tradslinger on Today at 03:05:16 pm »
Sicking moment for sure. I was final tillering a bow with my dad watching and it exploded. but it was just red oak. I am in process of building an Osage bow though, trying to do my best as well. wishing you the best if and when you start another one. For a lot of us, Osage is like gold and hard to come by.
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Bows / Re: Osage has broken my heart...
« Last post by tradcraftsman on Today at 02:52:56 pm »
What is that wood's history?  That break is to stair-stepped for my liking.  All the sound wood I've broken has splintered on the back.  On that piece it looks like the whole ring broke at one spot.  Is there any chance the wood had some dry rot or other decay?
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Bows / Re: Board bow questions
« Last post by E.H. on Today at 02:39:07 pm »
unfortunately it's my first bow ever, i wanted to start archery but didn't have enough money for a bow so i'm going towards making my own arrows and bow to compensate... the first bow i shot was a recurve in highschool and i suspect it to be around 50# since i had trouble back then to shoot it (even if my score back then was 3 baloons out of 4 because a weirdo put the 4th one in the target of a guy who had a laser sighted compound bow...) i shaved them a bit more and it'S getting better but still too stiff and at about 3'' bend so i guess i'm getting there.... will shave the limbs a bit more and then make the pin nocks for the loose string... (i'll be using a thick cotton string for that even though i know it's going to be stretchy and a bit toobig to use as a bow string... it'S only temporary, i'll go get a proper string after i'm done with the basic steps :)
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Bows / Re: Osage has broken my heart...
« Last post by Fox on Today at 02:34:32 pm »
yep its the sad sad part of making bows... I can't figure what happened , no hinge, I thought I did plenty good of a job chasing a ring. maybe it was too dry, or some unforeseen flaw in the wood,\ (--)
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Bows / Re: Osage has broken my heart...
« Last post by Pat B on Today at 02:16:22 pm »
Sorry about that. Can you tell why or where the break initiated? Might help prevent it the next time.
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