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Offline DC

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Re: My horn bow build-a-long
« Reply #120 on: August 30, 2019, 01:19:38 pm »
Glued the second  horn strip this morning. It was little more stressful than the first. The pressure strip added to my clumsiness and I got the grooves misaligned. The second time I did the first fit with a couple of clamps without the pressure strip to make sure the grooves hooked up. Then I clamped on the pressure strip on removing the first clamps as I went by. It started to gel as I was double checking all the clamps. Now it's wait for another month. Adam says I can fit the celik while it's drying. Can I do any other portion of the shaping?
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Offline bownarra

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Re: My horn bow build-a-long
« Reply #121 on: August 31, 2019, 12:47:57 am »
The trick is to wrap the horn onto the limb with thin, like a single strand of bowstring thin, cord. Use quick clamps initially to hold it in place, then wrap with the thin cord, remove quick clamps, fit proper clamps.
No its best to leave it for that long for the collagen bonds to form properly. I normally strip the sinew now. Go as fine as you dare and prepare 100 grammes.

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Re: My horn bow build-a-long
« Reply #122 on: August 31, 2019, 10:20:03 am »
Thanks for the cord tip.

268 grams of elk leg sinew almost ready to go. Well, some of the 268 is bag.
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Re: My horn bow build-a-long
« Reply #123 on: September 01, 2019, 11:08:44 am »
Now I wait another month ::) ::)
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Re: My horn bow build-a-long
« Reply #124 on: September 01, 2019, 04:33:49 pm »
ugh the anticipation almost killed me the last time! well ill work on my hackberry bow if we have to wait.
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Re: My horn bow build-a-long
« Reply #125 on: September 01, 2019, 05:34:46 pm »
And this is one of the easy waits. Something like 6 months to a year for the sinew to dry.
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Offline bownarra

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Re: My horn bow build-a-long
« Reply #126 on: September 02, 2019, 12:49:04 am »
Are you going to wait 6 months on the first bow though?? :)
You only need to leave it 2 months to be dry enough to tiller(if sinew is put on it thick layers). It probably isn't worth waiting that long on the first bow as it is likely to have 'issues'.
If you put your sinew on in 1mm thick layers 2 weeks drying time between layers is plenty. The very long drying times are only really for the sinew down the edges of the limbs. It can be 5mm thick there. Or for the very best performers once you have your methods totally down and you know nothing is going to go wrong during tillering.

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Re: My horn bow build-a-long
« Reply #127 on: September 02, 2019, 10:28:55 am »
That's good news. Thanks
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Re: My horn bow build-a-long
« Reply #128 on: September 05, 2019, 12:02:01 pm »
The 'best' modern way is to get a router cutter made with 2mm equilateral triangles, make a sled for your horn and one for the core...... = perfection :) but not exactly traditional!

$275 to make one, too rich for my blood. ;D ;D
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