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Offline knightd

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Re: Hickory belly? Why?
« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2008, 07:25:23 pm »
sailordad.. You could heat treat the belly if you use a torch and do like a flash heating so as not to get the core hot all the way through.. Ive done this with bamboo backed bows. But was useing urac for glue..

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Re: Hickory belly? Why?
« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2008, 09:06:06 pm »
Anyone interested in heat treating belly wood should pick up TBB Vol. 4. Marc St Louis has written an excellent chapter on the subject.

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Re: Hickory belly? Why?
« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2008, 09:46:06 pm »
ya see the thing with that would be money, books cost money. money is one thing i am very short on these days and tight with on anyday. lol
hoping the boys will buy them for me for my bday or something.havent been able to find any good ones at the public library either.
i like free or trades,dont like to spend hard earned cash on frivolous things lol
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Re: Hickory belly? Why?
« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2008, 10:01:08 pm »
  Yep, I like hickory too. I keep some in the room with my guns and Osage bows to cut down on the moisture and mildew. ;)
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Offline sailordad

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Re: Hickory belly? Why?
« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2008, 10:18:04 pm »
so then if one were to use a torch. just a real quick scorching to turn it like a light tan or brown color and then burnish it maybe?


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Re: Hickory belly? Why?
« Reply #20 on: September 30, 2008, 11:22:31 pm »
Tim, don't do it with that epoxy glue. It won't take the heat. Urac is the only glue I've seen that will withstand the amount of heat needed to fire harden a belly or even make a heat ajustment for that matter.
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Offline sailordad

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Re: Hickory belly? Why?
« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2008, 12:00:17 am »
thanks ryano,

thats the answer i was looking for. i appreciate the input


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Re: Hickory belly? Why?
« Reply #22 on: October 01, 2008, 04:52:02 am »
Hmm hickory no good for belly?  ???
This is not really true, though not best, it is not bad.

Here it always 80%+ humidity maybe more. So this means around 14% moisture content year round.
I make two hickory bow with bamboo backing and both take no string follow.
85# and one 50#, they are quite short too at only 62" or so.

And no, I do not use heat box, I just heat treat before glue up and add maybe 1.5" reflex, they come out straight if you tiller carefully.
Strange thing though, when made wider they took more set, and trapping with very thin tapered backing is key.

Btw, I never make hickory selfbow before, but I suppose it is much easier because ability to tinker with even after tiller.
Unlike with backed bow, it can be dangerous if you try to heat treat again.