Author Topic: Yew self-bow (not a war bow) in the cold?  (Read 3519 times)

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Offline Strelets

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Re: Yew self-bow (not a war bow) in the cold?
« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2020, 11:10:20 am »
The fact that yew is more susceptible than hardwoods to temperature changes was remarked on by L.W. Maxson, USA target archery champion 1888-1893. He wrote Chapter 16 "Archery in the United States", of the Badminton book "Archery", published in 1894. Concerning bois d'arc he wrote (page 469):

"The dense bone-like wood is little affected by changes in temperature, and retains nearly its full power after long-continued use. This is an essential quality for a bow in America, for, even during the course of a summer day, the range of temperature and humidity of the atmosphere are such as greatly to alter the cast of a weapon made from any of the softer woods. As a result, a lance or other hard-wood bow is preferred by most archers to the finest yew."

Offline fiddlerjoe

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Re: Yew self-bow (not a war bow) in the cold?
« Reply #16 on: November 26, 2020, 04:24:03 am »
i broke a yew heartwood d bow on a coldish day, in the teens fahrenheit.  i had just brought it outside, i wonder if the rapid temperature change is a factor?