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Offline Aksel

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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2023, 02:08:45 pm »
If you´re not very experienced with this stuff I would let it dry as is and only make 1 bow from the log. When dry: de-bark it and decide which side will be the bows back, then chop away everything which doesn´t look like a bow with the tools of your preference.

Offline simk

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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2023, 04:14:51 pm »
It's not worth that price, imho. For that price there's straighter ones on the market. Yours probably has a bow or even 2 in it but requieres an experienced bowyer. A few challenges in that piece....
Good luck, whatever you decide to do 🤗
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Offline superdav95

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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2023, 11:42:42 pm »
I agree it seems high and could be a lot of frustration and steep learning curve with those pieces. 
Sticks and stones and other poky stabby things.

Offline Hamish

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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2023, 01:07:33 am »
+ 1. Yep, too pricey for subpar quality.

Offline Weylin

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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2023, 12:01:09 am »
I agree. That is not a stave I would pay money for. You'll thank yourself if you keep looking

Offline Del the cat

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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2023, 12:11:35 pm »
Don't try to split it. You've already had some good advice already... if you want to take off bulk, use a bansaw (or axe).
Aim to get one decent stave, anything else is a bonus. Take your time to choose the cleanest face for the back.
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Offline joachimM

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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2023, 06:02:06 pm »
I really hope you didn't pay that price, but if you did, do as Del says.
And don't get too focused on yew, there's tons of other good bow woods that are easy to find. You can probably get your hands  rather easily on plum, which is an amazing bow wood as well. Straight branches 3-4 cm that offshoot from the lower stem will make great longbows or recurves. 
If you need advice on European bow woods, ask away.