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Online stuckinthemud

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« on: September 13, 2017, 01:17:29 am »
Hi guys,
I think this is just a moan, but let's see where it goes. I hate making bow strings and occasionally I find myself making bows to fit a string I already have on another bow just to avoid making a new string. Am I alone in this??

Offline Steve Milbocker

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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2017, 02:22:27 am »
Definitely not alone!!
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Offline Pappy

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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2017, 02:29:59 am »
Don't really love making them , but don't dislike it enough to make a bow to fit a string I already have, new bows always get new strings. ;) :)
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Offline osage outlaw

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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2017, 03:12:54 am »
I don't mind making them.  It doesn't take very long once you get it figured out good. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2017, 03:29:27 am »
I enjoy making them and choosing colors to accent my rigs. I started making them in the mid 90s. Wouldn't want to guess how many I've twisted up. Maybe a thousand.
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Offline Stick Bender

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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2017, 03:33:15 am »
I dont mind making them some times I like doing things that dont require a lot of thought like strings,chasing rings or sharpening tools the one I dont care for is when I have to shread 2 oz of sinew when I only have one day to do it !
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Offline Pat B

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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2017, 04:17:05 am »
I don't mind making strings at all. I use a bowyers knot on the bottom so they fit any bow.   :OK
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2017, 04:42:46 am »
I've got to give that a try, its mostly twisting up the second loop that is killing me.

Offline Marc St Louis

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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2017, 06:22:52 am »
Not crazy about making strings but certainly do not make a bow to fit a string
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Offline GlisGlis

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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2017, 06:38:45 am »
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I don't mind making strings at all. I use a bowyers knot on the bottom so they fit any bow.

+1   :OK

Offline Beadman

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« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2017, 06:42:58 am »
Not keeping those center strands parallel and untwisted before putting pulling or stretching pressure on the string or loops has pissed off many a bowyer watching their feathered in hand twisting disappear below their loops.
I'm usually a little excited so to speak to shoot in a new bow so making strings is part of the anticipation of that and don't mind it then.
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« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2017, 07:04:43 am »
Stuck if any part of it is kicking your butt, you probably aren't doing it right. Its incredibly simple and takes maybe 20-30 minutes to make one. Including serving it. See if you can find a local who can help you through the part that you're struggling with.
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Offline High-Desert

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« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2017, 07:22:32 am »
I absolutely hated making strings when I used B-50, one I switched to D97, and made a decent string jig, it's been so much easier not dealing with the 9 feet of stretching from B50. But yes, I have made bows to fit strings because I hated it so much. Once I switched, I just made a bunch of various lengths so once I get to that point of tillering, one of the stings will fit. Then eventually it gets its own string.
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« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2017, 07:27:06 am »
I'm very good at making an easy job really difficult according to a Team Leader I used to work with.  ;)

It takes me about 20 minutes to twist up a string, I just don't really make them often enough to get the method ingrained in my muscle memory. Its not helped by being ambidextrous so I take a few attempts to twist both strands the correct way and roll them the correct direction, usually three tries at the first loop before it stops untwisting itself when I let go, then I struggle with positioning the second loop and frequently have to un-twist the string when the distance is too long or too short.  That means I tend to make three or four strings in a session (and some end up left-twist and some end up right-twist), by the time I'm on my third I'm on a roll, but the first and second are a re-learning experience.  I clearly need to build more bows so I can spend more time twisting strings, but, since I don't like making strings, when I get workshop time, I avoid it by roughing up another bow (I have three finished on the long string waiting for me to make their proper strings, one horn bow under way a three piece just started and a set of arrows ready for fletching, that's in addition to two other bows needing re-stringing) ;D :D :) ;)

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« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2017, 07:35:03 am »
I sat down one day and forced myself to make a dozen strings all roughly the same length. The last few I had it pretty much figured out. For a while I was making bows to fit strings ;D but I've only got one left.
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