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Offline Danzn Bar

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Re: Unfinished Osage Bow
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2015, 05:01:37 pm »
Yep, the splice looks very strange to me  :o

That is the back your looking at and the billets have been glued together with some reflex in the handle, that is why it looks like that..
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Offline Pat B

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« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2015, 05:06:52 pm »
Those cracks are from heating bending. Just fill them with super glue. By the time you finish up the tips the cracks will probably be gone or almost gone. I've had a few bows crack like that when bending tips and never had one fail. You can always add an underlay if it worries you.
 Once the handle is final shaped and a handle wrap you won't see the splice. It looks just like all of Gary's splices.
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Offline Will H

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« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2015, 06:30:36 pm »
Yep, that's a Gary Davis stave for sure. I'm like Pat, I would put some "special sauce" lol on them cracks and go on about tillering :)
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Offline osage outlaw

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« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2015, 06:48:50 pm »
Most of my tips crack like that when I flip them.  I've always been able to remove them when tillering and still had enough thickness to keep them from flexing.  Check out some of PatB's build-a-longs.  He has put underlays on tips before.  If they go to deep that might be an option.
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Offline osage outlaw

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« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2015, 06:52:05 pm »
Just noticed that bow is 70" long according to the writing on the handle.  What kind of draw length are you wanting out of it?  You probably have enough length to cut a couple of inches off of each tip and redo them if you wanted. 
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Offline Hrothgar

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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2015, 07:10:29 pm »
the cracks don't look good. Worse case scenario is turning into a 62-64 incher. You can try sanding down until the crack disappears, and if it isn't too deep wrapped it with artificial sinew and glue it with superglue.
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Offline Will H

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« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2015, 07:44:59 pm »
The cracks are on the belly, don't worry bout em. Definatley would not wrap em.
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Offline Pat B

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Re: Unfinished Osage Bow
« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2015, 09:19:16 pm »
This is a similar crack I got when I bent these long recurves with dry heat.


This is the shaped tip with a yew and thin ipe underlay covering the "special sauce" filled cracks.
 

...and the finished tip. The tip overlay is shoe leather with "special sauce".
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« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2015, 10:38:33 am »
The cracks are on the belly so I was hoping it wouldn't be that big of a problem, I'll put some superglue on them and then cover with leather like Pat B suggested just in case. Thanks for the input!
And as of now I'm not going to back it, that should be fine right?