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Offline hammerstone

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Recurving Torges style bow
« on: May 16, 2024, 07:51:34 pm »
I've done a few recurves in the past but all were flat bellied . I'm building a radius belly Torges style and the radius belly just worries me.  Seems like it would be prone to lifting a splinter .Does anyone recurve a radius belly and , which type heat do you prefer.

Offline Hamish

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Re: Recurving Torges style bow
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2024, 08:00:45 pm »
If you want a tight bend, I'd bend the recurve before I'd start to radius the belly(steam or boiling). If you are just flipping the tips a little, and have already radiused the belly you should be fine(dry  heat).

Offline hammerstone

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Re: Recurving Torges style bow
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2024, 08:55:32 pm »
Thanks that's good advice .I sometimes get so caught up in my build that I don't consider my options.

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Re: Recurving Torges style bow
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2024, 10:52:54 am »
If you want a tight bend, I'd bend the recurve before I'd start to radius the belly(steam or boiling). If you are just flipping the tips a little, and have already radiused the belly you should be fine(dry  heat).

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Offline Pat B

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Re: Recurving Torges style bow
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2024, 12:43:01 pm »
What they said. I used to use dry heat with oil on all my bends but if I build another recurve I will use steam and make sure the heat penetrates the wood well before bending.
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