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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #30 on: March 28, 2024, 10:48:02 pm »
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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #31 on: March 28, 2024, 10:49:44 pm »
It might need a little tweaking but I like where it going.

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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #32 on: March 28, 2024, 10:58:50 pm »
I think Iím going to build up my handle now.

I start out by gently but firmly clamping my stave to my caul

Then I use just the right thickness of wood and make a pencil line on both sides of my handle.

Then I make a nice flat surface for my glue line with my file by filing to my line.

When I build up a handle I donít use a block. I use multiple thin layers of wood. This stops it from popping off at glue line.

I go to my personal lumberyard. I cut these from tree branches on my table saw

Then I size all the glue surfaces liberally with tb2 and clamp every inch

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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #33 on: March 28, 2024, 11:00:28 pm »
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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #34 on: March 28, 2024, 11:08:10 pm »
Now we will let the glue dry and cure.

A brief summary of what we have learned from this knarly piece of Osage

We chased four rings

Did three belly splits

One unsuccessful handle splice and two successful ones

Straightened four limbs

Built up a handle

Thatís a lot of practice from this piece of scrap wood. Your mileage may vary but itís worth giving it a try.

Iíll get back to it after the glue dries good and I can start tilling

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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #35 on: March 29, 2024, 11:05:51 am »
Excellent build along, Brian.  :OK  Years ago a friend gave me 3 osage staves that should have been firewood, with every malady you could think of for bow building wood. I spent all winter working these staves and by spring I came out with 5, shootable bows. Not the prettiest bows and some low weight but 5 shootable bows. My big take away from this experience is with patience, experimentation and a goal you can build shootable bows and learn a lot about the wood and the process.
 Thanks for this build along, Brian. I'm sure it will encourage others that they can do it too.
Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes!    Pat Brennan  Brevard, NC

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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #36 on: March 29, 2024, 11:47:51 am »
I agree with everyone else. This has been pretty cool to follow. Kinda inspiring for me really. Making me want to go out to my shop and see what Iíve got laying around out there. I know Iíve got 4 or 5 pieces of stuff out there that I can play with. Some actually should make a decent bow with some patience and a little TLC. Thanks Brian.

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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #37 on: March 29, 2024, 12:14:10 pm »
I agree with everyone else. This has been pretty cool to follow. Kinda inspiring for me really. Making me want to go out to my shop and see what Iíve got laying around out there. I know Iíve got 4 or 5 pieces of stuff out there that I can play with. Some actually should make a decent bow with some patience and a little TLC. Thanks Brian.

Thanks Pat

Muskyman thatís exactly why Iím doing this. I want to encourage everyone to play with some wood. Experiment Have some fun

Speaking of fun back to kindling

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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #38 on: March 29, 2024, 12:23:13 pm »
I need to build up my handle on kindling.

Itís noticeably thinner than the fades. Very uneven surface. So thin I donít want to file it flat.

I dry fit three really nice Osage shavings from my draw knife to the belly side of my splice. I probably should have done the back to.

Then I sized all the glue surfaces liberally and put them on the belly of splice again running through the handle and splice area.

Then I tightly wrap the whole sloppy mess with artificial sinew.

Hopefully when the tb2 dries the Osage shavings will stiffen my handle.

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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #39 on: March 29, 2024, 12:27:47 pm »
Then before I went home I glued on my tip overlays. I partially shape them but leave the string area high yet.

I used gorilla glue and it needs to be clamped.

I wrapped it first with artificial sinew and then used a small clamp to squeeze it tight.

These small rounded overlays can be hard to clamp. This works good
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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #40 on: March 29, 2024, 12:31:27 pm »
This morning I took off the clamps

Then I used my bastard file to shape my tips.

I cleaned them up with Emory cloth and a razor blade for a scraper

Bjrogg

PS I donít know what Iím going to get from this one. It might just be experience and a broken bow, but itís gonna look good doing it.
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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #41 on: March 29, 2024, 01:33:39 pm »
Got kindling to brace. Not a real pretty one.

Thought Iíd take a couple pics before something breaks.

Iím still not confident with my handle. Wish I wouldíve put Osage shavings on back of splice two.

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Didnít blow apart yet
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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #42 on: March 29, 2024, 01:54:40 pm »
Very nice build along BJ
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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #43 on: March 29, 2024, 11:11:34 pm »
Very cool Bj!   Kindling bow is progressing nicely
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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #44 on: March 30, 2024, 02:26:36 am »
That is beyond cool canít wait to see the rest. Iím learning big time from this