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Offline Cooper

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Bamboo-backed-Bambooactionwood - bow from a new member
« on: January 14, 2009, 03:37:31 pm »
OK, as my start as an new member at this forum, I want to show you the last bow I made.
I finished it last summer (well, I was starting the summer before - I'm sometimes a slow bowyer).

It is a nearly "Angular Bow", similar to the egyptian design.
Bamboo-actionwood backed with bamboo (= BBB?).

As the result of a failure with an BBB-Longbow I had two, more or less tillered but now relatively short, limbs from bamboo-actionwood and a bamboo-backing. After this stuff reproach me my mistake for more than one year (I swear this limbs were looking angry to me) I decided to make another try.
I made a deflex splice in the handle and glued the limbs with 6'' (15cm) reflex.
Then I added black locust and maple for the handle and black locust for the tips.

The Tillering was a little tricky because of the narrow limbs but I think it is OK so far.
After the first arrows there was a little crack at one node of the bamboo-backing, so I decided to patch and wrap them all. It looks not so bad, I think.
The reflex went down to 2 3/4'' (7cm) after the tillering and the first shootings. But now it is constant.

I hope you like this bow …  :)

Length NtN 57'' (145cm)
45lb / 27''
Width at Fade Outs 1 1/8'' (argh, is this right? I hate this "inch-thing") (28mm)
Width at the tips 15/32'' (12mm)





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Re: Bamboo-backed-Bambooactionwood - bow from a new menber
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2009, 03:52:03 pm »
Very nice bow. You can get a lot of bend out of that boo. :) :)

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Re: Bamboo-backed-Bambooactionwood - bow from a new menber
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2009, 04:05:22 pm »
Good looking bow, nice bending. I bet it really zips an arrow with all the reflex it has.
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Re: Bamboo-backed-Bambooactionwood - bow from a new menber
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2009, 04:17:17 pm »
Great bow and welcome to PA.....Brian
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2009, 04:20:21 pm »
Looks like you nailed the second time, great loking bow. Welcome to PA and thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2009, 05:01:53 pm »
Very nice :o Welcome
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Re: Bamboo-backed-Bambooactionwood - bow from a new menber
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2009, 05:05:05 pm »
nice looking

Offline Cooper

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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2009, 06:00:53 pm »
Many thanks for your friendly comments  :)
I was a little nervous, I admit.
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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2009, 06:36:11 pm »
No reason to be nervous were just one big happy family :)
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Re: Bamboo-backed-Bambooactionwood - bow from a new member
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2009, 06:38:23 pm »
Sweet looking bow.  You tiller the sides I assume.  (?)

Offline Cooper

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Re: Bamboo-backed-Bambooactionwood - bow from a new member
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2009, 06:54:52 pm »
… You tiller the sides I assume.  (?)

No, I tillered the belly just the normal way.
First the limbs were to small at all for tillering the sides (because of the dam…… first try - it was no good idea to use white glue at one of the warmest days if more than 30 clamps will be used … have I told you, that I am a slow bowyer?)
Second the belly is bamboo actionwood - vertical glued bamboo. You can handle it like normal wood.
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Re: Bamboo-backed-Bambooactionwood - bow from a new member
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2009, 07:03:42 pm »
Beautiful bow.  What type of material was used for the wrappings?  They look great.

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Re: Bamboo-backed-Bambooactionwood - bow from a new member
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2009, 07:08:40 pm »
Cool lookin bow Cooper ! Thanks for sharing it with us !
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« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2009, 07:14:26 pm »
Great llooking bow, Cooper.  Welcome to PA.  You will enjoy the people on this site.  Your bow looks to be very well-crafted.  Keep them coming.
Dan Spier, Marietta, GA

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« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2009, 09:59:02 pm »
Cooper, Very nice work!