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Two Rivers

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Sinew or Bamboo backed for a short (52" ntn) osage brush bow?
« on: August 29, 2007, 10:05:20 pm »
Currently I'm building a dandy little Osage bow for skulking around the thickets.

I started with a Osage slat, added a handle that I'll make semi-bending. I know this needs backing but I'm not sure if bamboo will take the strain or if I need to stick with sinew for a bow of this length?

I just finished a longer snakey Osage bow that got the sinew two step and I did gain 2- 3" of reflex which was nice benefit.

You're thoughts?
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Rich Saffold

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Re: Sinew or Bamboo backed for a short (52" ntn) osage brush bow?
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2007, 11:53:29 pm »
Bamboo can easily handle it. It's more a question of what you want to use..

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Re: Sinew or Bamboo backed for a short (52" ntn) osage brush bow?
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2007, 02:02:15 am »
I would use sinew. it is more authentic and I think it could preform better.

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Re: Sinew or Bamboo backed for a short (52" ntn) osage brush bow?
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2007, 03:12:18 am »
I would go with the sinew myself,but of course I have never used boo so can't say
how it would do. :)
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Re: Sinew or Bamboo backed for a short (52" ntn) osage brush bow?
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2007, 04:44:58 pm »
  The only down side with sinew is hunting in the rain.After awhile it will get sluggish, and I haven't seen a waterproof protection besides glass.
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2007, 04:50:36 pm »
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Re: Sinew or Bamboo backed for a short (52" ntn) osage brush bow?
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2007, 07:17:55 pm »
Sinew is a good choice for short bows. I would shy away from Bamboo on such a short Osage bow. Instead I would go with Hickory
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Re: Sinew or Bamboo backed for a short (52" ntn) osage brush bow?
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2007, 02:36:06 am »
I guess I need to start pounding on some sinew.

To avoid the rain issue I plan to cover it with snake using Titebond 3.

Thanks for your help.