I am a school teacher and a master woodworker. OK, maybe not a master, but certainly a pretty good work worker. I teach woodworking in different ways in some options classes. These are just fun classes that I want to be hands on. Last year we made board bows using nothing but hand tools. I was very pleased with the way they turned out, especially for my 1st time teaching it.
To be clear, I am good with wood, not into bows at all.
We used ash boards and an old plan from a 1950`s Popular Mechanics. It had a chart on sizes that corresponded to the poundage of the bow. 45 lbs is a legal hunting bow here so that is what they all aimed for, and they were miserable to pull. I doubt the chart was right.
I ordered the Bowyers Bible, I should have had it earlier. But I woudl like to order my wood this week.
Some have told me they think ash was a poor choice, any suggestions on a better woodÉ . Is it worth the work to laminate different species?