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Offline Gingerbeard20

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Update on first bow and tillering advice
« on: January 16, 2022, 03:06:19 pm »
Bow is hickory about 70" overall. Picture at 50lb pull, lower limb (right in pictures) has some twist to was wondering if it's possible to tiller some of that out? The circled areas are what I an seeing that need to bend more but wanted to see what you all thought. Thanks for all the advice thus far!

https://imgur.com/gallery/1pWM4uI

Offline Del the cat

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Re: Update on first bow and tillering advice
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2022, 03:28:27 pm »
Don't worry about twist too much. Shorten that string so that it will only just slip onto the bow.
Looking ok so far, but really pulling very far yet.
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Offline Gingerbeard20

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Re: Update on first bow and tillering advice
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2022, 03:48:13 pm »
Yeah the sting is just a peice of 550 cord I had handy I'm getting ready to order some actual bow string so I can make a proper string for it.

Offline Pat B

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Re: Update on first bow and tillering advice
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2022, 10:09:33 am »
Looking pretty good so far. Like Del said, don't worry about the twist. But...is the twist in the unstrained limb or under tension?  If only under tension check the thickness from one side of the limb to the other. If uneven it will twist as it is drawn. Also, the knots can cause stiff spots that can cause twist under tension.
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Offline Gingerbeard20

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Re: Update on first bow and tillering advice
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2022, 01:39:03 pm »
Pat thanks for the advice the twist is there when not under tension but seems to get slightly worse under tension.

Offline Del the cat

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Re: Update on first bow and tillering advice
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2022, 02:26:10 pm »
This post from my blog that may help:-
Often, just pushing the string across a little at the nock can help the bow track straight, or scraping a little from the stiff side of the belly.
https://bowyersdiary.blogspot.com/2011/03/twisting-bow.html
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Offline bownarra

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Re: Update on first bow and tillering advice
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2022, 03:43:42 am »
Until it is braced you don't know where the string is going to track....and it doesn't matter as long as it isn't way outside the handle. Wait until it is braced then shape the handle to the string.