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Primitive Skills / Re: Life is good
« Last post by Pappy on July 14, 2024, 08:20:41 pm »
Thursday evening we had a club shoot, darts again, we can do that under the fans.  :) Lots of fun and friendly competition . Joe won this week. :)
Primitive Skills / Re: Life is good
« Last post by Pappy on July 14, 2024, 08:17:05 pm »
Great weekend, very hot but still a very fun time. Got some stuff done in the shop and things ready for our Small critter shoot this coming Saturday. Finished the tru oil on my new bow, now for a couple coats of satin polly and it is finished also got some more of my gear checked out and ready for Elm Hall and CO. in the coming weeks.  :)
Primitive Shoots and Events / Re: MOJam 2024
« Last post by gifford on July 14, 2024, 08:01:50 pm »
Patrick, it's not all that hard:
Bow I'm going to shoot Check
Arrows for bow Check
Quiver and leather Check
Bow I'm going to work on Check
4 in one rasp and card scraper Check
Extra T-Shirt Check
Tooth brush Check
Watch and Wallet Check.

CYA there. Gifford
Bows / Re: Brad Smith
« Last post by Pat B on July 14, 2024, 08:01:04 pm »
I haven't heard from Brad in quite a while.
Bows / Re: Is it normal/ what do I do about it?
« Last post by superdav95 on July 14, 2024, 06:50:47 pm »
Are you exercising the limbs after each wood removal. I do this even if the limb tips only move an inch or 2 but not beyond the bend you are at. You have to educate the wood to bend and recover evenly and together.
 I do use a long string until I get to low brace height. Once at low brace you can truly see if both limbs are in fact bending evenly and together.

Well said
Bows / Re: Is it normal/ what do I do about it?
« Last post by Sandsquid on July 14, 2024, 05:39:22 pm »
Just my two cents.  I been making heavy weight ELBs.  I was having same problem you are having.  I tried what everyone else mentioned here.  Taking the bow to brace as soon as possible.  This is not an easy task with a bow intended to be over 100 lbs.  If I did manage to get it strung, I often ended up with limb twist or hinges.  Then I ended up having to remove more material than I wanted to correct the problems I had.  I started tillering with the long string to at least 26 inches.  Sometimes further if things did not look right to me.  There is now a lot less cursing while tillering. 

The other thing that took me some time to wrap my head around is that the limb tip moving the farthest distance is usually on the stiffer limb of a bendy handle bow.  The stiff limb pulls down more when you are tillering.  I would often remove material from the week limb and make things worse.  I would agree with everyone else that it is more obvious what limb is week when you brace the bow.  I just had no luck bracing early with the bows I am making.         
Bows / Re: To back or not to back…or where to back?
« Last post by willie on July 14, 2024, 04:19:51 pm »

I saw a method that used 10 or so lengths of linen twine..............
If the twine will be for safety against breakage and you are building with a board, my thoughts are the proposed width profile/crossection combined with the proposed recurve tips will result in a lower poundage bow once tillered out.

If you wish to optomize the board for the best bow possible, and are open to suggestions, could you post how long/wide'thick your board is and how many pounds pull and draw length you are looking for?
maybe mention something about the previous bows you have built?

Bows / Re: To back or not to back…or where to back?
« Last post by superdav95 on July 14, 2024, 04:01:13 pm »
Agreed. It does sound more like he is describing mollegabet style bow.  I’ve done a number of these and have incorporated a slight bend in the levers and they are non bending so no sinew or backing used on the levers.  I used a thread wrap where the backing ended at start of levers.  I’ll try and dig up some pictures.   

Bows / Brad Smith
« Last post by Allyn T on July 14, 2024, 03:12:30 pm »
Any one know if Brad is ok?I texted him awhile back and never heard from him and I he hasn't been active on here since November.
Bows / Re: To back or not to back…or where to back?
« Last post by GlisGlis on July 14, 2024, 01:35:11 pm »
that has been discussed many times but holmegaard bow do not show any real sign of having levers (stiff section)
These are the true holmegaard dimensions

Your reference could be the mollegabet bow that has a bending section followed by a thin rigid lever.
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