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Offline Mountain Man1

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Re: Maple Short Bow for Hunting?
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2019, 06:27:47 pm »
Alright so here it is 56" tip to tip, 2" to mid, 1/2" nocks, 7" tips. Handle is 3" with 2"fades. https://photos.app.goo.gl/N1UmR5DgbNpzof2S7

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Re: Maple Short Bow for Hunting?
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2019, 02:47:30 am »
Are you making it with a stiff handle?
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Re: Maple Short Bow for Hunting?
« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2019, 02:52:49 am »
Planning to make the handle bend slightly.

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Re: Maple Short Bow for Hunting?
« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2019, 03:15:47 am »
Mountain Man, I clicked on the link but couldn't see picture...
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Re: Maple Short Bow for Hunting?
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2019, 03:44:33 am »
I ask because you referenced fades. At 56 inches I would make it bend right thru the handle. You wonít need fades. Unless you are doing an Ishi type bow?
I couldnít get to the pics either.
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Re: Maple Short Bow for Hunting?
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2019, 02:54:26 pm »
Going 2" for limbed so I need to narrow for a handle so there will be fades, however the thickness will only change slightly. Still trying to pics sorted out, might need to higher a tech department for thathaha

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Re: Maple Short Bow for Hunting?
« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2019, 02:55:52 pm »
PM sent...Email the pics and I will be glad to post...
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Re: Maple Short Bow for Hunting?
« Reply #22 on: June 02, 2019, 07:57:05 am »
https://flic.kr/p/2g7rm6U
There, I think I finally got the pics figured. If it works I will add more

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Re: Maple Short Bow for Hunting?
« Reply #23 on: June 02, 2019, 08:13:47 am »
https://flic.kr/p/2g7s8Pr
Good one here of limb profile. Hope it turns out for me. I really like the look of it

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Re: Maple Short Bow for Hunting?
« Reply #24 on: June 02, 2019, 09:03:08 am »
That looks nice.  I still question your handle.  Is it a bendy, or are you glueing something on it?
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Re: Maple Short Bow for Hunting?
« Reply #25 on: June 03, 2019, 12:43:12 pm »
The intention is to have the handle flex a little bit but I'm going to watch it very closely when I start tillering, if its flexing a lot I will be adding a piece and go with a stiff handle for some added insurance. I think I've left it thick enough to be okay but i always like to have a backup plan.

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Re: Maple Short Bow for Hunting?
« Reply #26 on: June 03, 2019, 02:22:33 pm »
If that is red maple you will probably need a back up plan. Now if it is sugar maple then it will make a good bow.The soft maples are a poor choice for bow wood.Hope it works for you,but it will be a long shot if it is soft maple.

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Re: Maple Short Bow for Hunting?
« Reply #27 on: June 03, 2019, 02:50:51 pm »
Thatís a tough act to pull off.
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Re: Maple Short Bow for Hunting?
« Reply #28 on: June 16, 2019, 07:28:57 am »
So I've got the shape pretty much where I want and started getting the belly flat and even in prep for tillering. Am I correct in assuming backing should go on before tillering? If not I worry about it surviving the process. Is birch bark a good option? I have tons and think it would look awesome with minimal weight. It will either be that or dog chew rawhide.

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« Reply #29 on: June 16, 2019, 07:43:35 am »
If it were me, and I have never done Birch Bark, but I have used other backings.  I would get it tillered first before the backing.  Get the brace tiller spot on perfect, then get it tillered out some distance your comfortable with, 15 inches or so, maybe even 20, and get the tiller looking good at that point.  Then put your bb or rawhide on.  I am assuming you are concerned it will snap without the backing if you go out to full draw?
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