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Offline Sparrow

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Black locust bow....which design ?
« on: September 28, 2008, 08:24:01 pm »
Hey guys    I have finally arrived at a time of year I can start building another bow.I've got a 72" nice dry piece of black locust.I want a 60 lb. @ 28" that will stand up to my humid southeast Alaska environment. I am going to want to really seal this thing up.I would like a selfbow, unbacked. What do you think ? Any comments welcomed.  Frank
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Re: Black locust bow....which design ?
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2008, 10:58:16 pm »
Most of the BL bows I built have been full width to just past mid limb. I've done some pyramid bows too. I like BL around 2 inches wide  and about 66 inches long for a 26 inch draw. Jawge
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Re: Black locust bow....which design ?
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2008, 12:10:08 pm »
66" will cover your 28" draw need. I like a little narrower than george. 1 5/8

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Re: Black locust bow....which design ?
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2008, 04:59:55 pm »
If you're very experienced you can make a BL flat-bellied bow 2" wide.  The challenge is its a strong wood so then the limbs are thin.  And it's possible for a beginner to take a little too much off.  If you make it that wide to start, maybe you can successfully tiller by narrowing it.  I learned I must go slowly taking wood off the belly when tillering any bow that wide or suddenly it becomes a 40# bow.

You will like black locust, it's a very tough springy wood.

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Re: Black locust bow....which design ?
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2008, 06:53:48 pm »
 Thanks for the feedback fella's.I been thinking along those lines and you are making that an easy decision to make. Help appreciated !     Frank
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Re: Black locust bow....which design ?
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2008, 09:34:42 pm »
My two favorite designs for locust are either a stiff-handled flatbow about 66"-67" long, 1 5/8"-1 3/4" wide fades to midlimb tapering to 3/8" nocks, or a Cherokee/Eastern Woodlands design about the same length, slightly bending handle, 1 1/4" wide to a bit past midlimb tapering to about 5/8" nocks. 
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Re: Black locust bow....which design ?
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2008, 02:05:06 am »
Hillbilly  The stiff handled flatbow tapered down to narrow tips sounds like just the ticket. I will get to start work on it in a week or so.we are busy putting in supplies for the winter up here.Fish,berries,venison,etc....Freezing and canning. Thanks for the input.  Frank
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