Author Topic: Heat Tempered HHB D-Bow  (Read 310 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline tradcraftsman

  • Member
  • Posts: 346
Heat Tempered HHB D-Bow
« on: January 14, 2021, 10:40:02 am »
Here is my latest bow.  It is a heat tempered Hophornbeam D-bow with antler overlays.
60" long, 1 1/4" wide at the center, 13oz mass, about 5/8" set right after being unstrung.  It settles back to virtually none.
The string is flemish twist FF.
It pulls 44# @ 24".

This came from a very small diameter stave I cut a little over a year ago.  The stave warped sideways, so I had to cut it short in order to lay it out straight enough.  I have been working on it for a while; I recently reduced the draw weight to about 30#.  After I tempered out 2" of set it was back at 44#.  Good by me!  The finish is one coat of stain and two coats of polly; it brings out the grain really well.
« Last Edit: January 14, 2021, 11:07:10 am by tradcraftsman »

Offline tradcraftsman

  • Member
  • Posts: 346
Re: Heat Tempered HHB D-Bow
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2021, 11:03:38 am »
More Photos
« Last Edit: January 14, 2021, 11:11:17 am by tradcraftsman »

Offline Fox

  • Member
  • Posts: 357
Re: Heat Tempered HHB D-Bow
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2021, 03:47:29 pm »
simple. beautiful. nicely done.
-Fox
Love:
the Forests
the mountains
the streams
the Creatures

Offline Pat B

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 35,044
Re: Heat Tempered HHB D-Bow
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2021, 04:29:18 pm »
Now, that's a bow!  :OK   Well done.
Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes!    Pat Brennan  Brevard, NC

Offline Morgan

  • Member
  • Posts: 827
Re: Heat Tempered HHB D-Bow
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2021, 05:06:54 pm »
Good job on that one. Definitely becoming my favorite style bow to make. Simple, functional, durable, and fine to look at. You can get all that from a very small tree. Cannot see any downside to it at all.

Offline tradcraftsman

  • Member
  • Posts: 346
Re: Heat Tempered HHB D-Bow
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2021, 09:52:21 am »
Quote
Good job on that one. Definitely becoming my favorite style bow to make. Simple, functional, durable, and fine to look at. You can get all that from a very small tree. Cannot see any downside to it at all.

That is a great summary of my work in any material :) 

I'm really starting to like these character bows.  They're a challenge to tiller, but they are so much more natural than recurves and lam bows.  It's only a bending stick, but it's a very good bending stick!

Heat tempered HHB is now defiantly my favorite material.  It is very elastic and the grain practically glows in the sunlight.

I was a little skeptical of the accuracy of a short bow, but it does as well as any of my longer bows.  I think this is my new favorite stump shooter/squirrel hunter.

Here are more photos.  I hope you see why I like the grain so much on this one. :)
« Last Edit: January 15, 2021, 03:09:44 pm by tradcraftsman »