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Offline superdav95

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Hickory bow build.
« on: January 30, 2023, 04:48:18 pm »
Making a hickory bow for a friend on a trade.  Just roughed it out.  It was a nice clean straight stave.  It will be a approx 65Ē ttt and shooting for 45-50lbs at 28Ē.  Going to flip the tips and heat treat this bow.  Going to do a special leather wrap for the handle with horn arrow pass and tip overlays.  I decided to post this build here for kicks and to give the recipient a progress series of build pics.  I know itís a rather boring build but figured why not.  Thanks for following along.   Cheers
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Offline Bob Barnes

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Re: Hickory bow build.
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2023, 05:10:58 pm »
Looking forward to seeing what you do with this one...  :OK
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Offline Selfbowman

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Re: Hickory bow build.
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2023, 05:23:46 pm »
Me to Bob.
Well I'll say!!  Osage is king!!

Offline bentstick54

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Re: Hickory bow build.
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2023, 05:29:32 pm »
Will be watching also.

Offline Will B

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Re: Hickory bow build.
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2023, 08:57:06 pm »
Looks like a nice stave. Iíll be watching this one also.

Offline neuse

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Re: Hickory bow build.
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2023, 01:51:11 am »
Cool.
I think I found a couple of Hickory trees the other day. I need to cut one down.

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Re: Hickory bow build.
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2023, 07:50:39 am »
Yeah, excited to see how it comes out

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Re: Hickory bow build.
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2023, 08:36:11 am »
Looking forward to seeing it finished up, Don't make many Hickory anymore but use to use it a lot, it makes a fine bow for sure. :)
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Online Pat B

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Re: Hickory bow build.
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2023, 10:02:35 am »
Looks like the bow I'm working on Dave. Looking forward to seeing the outcome.   :OK
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Offline George Tsoukalas

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Re: Hickory bow build.
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2023, 10:15:08 am »
Looking good. I like hickory, too. But it does not like moisture. Jawge
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Re: Hickory bow build.
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2023, 01:05:58 pm »
Hereís some pics of the gentle recurves put in with my trusty old kettle used to boil the tips.  I boil them for 30 mins.  You can see my form in the background of my messy shop.  I keep them pretty stout about 5/8Ē thick at the tips.  This gives me some wiggle room for error if I lift a splinter on the belly of recurve.   Iíve done them previously after Iíve pretty well got it floor tillered and at brace but Iím leaving this one and doing them early on in the process to get moisture down again before I get to heat treatment.  You canít put in recurves after heat treatment is done.  When you heat treat whitewoods thereís no going back to change or tweak anything after that.  What you got is what you got as they say.  This is why Iíve done the recurves little earlier on this one.  Thanks for watching along.

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Re: Hickory bow build.
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2023, 03:27:55 pm »
I really like your style, Dave.
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Re: Hickory bow build.
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2023, 04:10:12 pm »
Looking really nice so far Dave.

I like that shape for recurves.

Do you use a metal backer on the belly side when you bend your recurves? I use a thin one and it really helps keep from lifting splinters.

Bjrogg

PS one thing I would like to say. Have everything ready so you donít waste time when you pull it out of the kettle. Every second counts
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« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2023, 05:01:56 pm »
I really like your style, Dave.

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Re: Hickory bow build.
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2023, 05:06:04 pm »
Looking really nice so far Dave.

I like that shape for recurves.

Do you use a metal backer on the belly side when you bend your recurves? I use a thin one and it really helps keep from lifting splinters.

Bjrogg

PS one thing I would like to say. Have everything ready so you donít waste time when you pull it out of the kettle. Every second counts

Thanks bjrogg!   I do sometimes use a metal strip also (actually itís an old metal ruler).  I didnít for this one as it was plenty thick enough and didnít give me any issues.  Your right though every second counts when it comes to getting those recurves done. 
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