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Offline arachnid

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How short can I go with mulberry?
« on: July 16, 2017, 09:43:51 am »
Pretty straightforward-  like the title says... What's  the shortest you can go with mulberry for a 45#@28"? Selfbow, no backing

Offline bradsmith2010

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Re: How short can I go with mulberry?
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2017, 12:19:03 pm »
the shorter you go, the more variables,,,
depends on front profile,,how wide,, deflexed???
bend in handle or not,, etc etc etc,, level of experience,,
so it would vary quite a bit,, from stave to stave and bow maker to bow maker,,
I dont think there is one answer really,, to many variables,,
tell me what design you are gonna use and how wide and I will make a guess,, (AT)

Online Pat B

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Re: How short can I go with mulberry?
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2017, 04:01:11 pm »
The simple answer is...with the proper profile and excellent tiller twice the draw length. Mulberry is an excellent bow wood.
Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes!    Pat Brennan  Brevard, NC

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Re: How short can I go with mulberry?
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2017, 06:29:16 pm »
As short as your skill set allows
failure is an option, everyone fails, it's how you handle it that matters.
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Offline gutpile

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Re: How short can I go with mulberry?
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2017, 09:55:29 am »
I've made a 7 inch handle bow, 4 inch grip 1 1/2 fades, recurved 56" draws 26...50@26..made 1 3/4 wide to mid limb taper to 3/8 at tip...one of my better shooters too... gut
to take from nature the materials needed to take from nature the meat needed...they all die from natural causes osage, rivercane, stone points,...

Offline bradsmith2010

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Re: How short can I go with mulberry?
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2017, 10:11:04 am »
 (-P  where is Sleek when you need him :)

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Re: How short can I go with mulberry?
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2017, 10:35:24 am »
a lot depends on how long you want it to hold its shape and last. Time is the true test of designs. Not a few hundred arrows and some pics posted here.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.

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Re: How short can I go with mulberry?
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2017, 10:51:24 am »
well said,, (--)

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Re: How short can I go with mulberry?
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2017, 10:59:26 am »
I've come to a lot of conclusions after having bows 5-7 years old on my racks now. For my personal bows? I don't go an inch under 65" ntn with any self bow wood anymore. I draw 28" on a good day.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.

Offline H Rhodes

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Re: How short can I go with mulberry?
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2017, 05:14:53 am »
I seldom make a bow under 64" these days, but that is just my preference.  I think Pat answered the question.  I have been eyeing a mulberry tree for a while now, but haven't tried that species yet.
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Re: How short can I go with mulberry?
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2017, 07:22:35 am »
my bad that bow is 60" tip to tip but still a great shooter..
to take from nature the materials needed to take from nature the meat needed...they all die from natural causes osage, rivercane, stone points,...

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Re: How short can I go with mulberry?
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2017, 03:49:01 am »
Double the draw and add the handle and fads what ever they are, is what I usually go for on a non bendy handle /self backed bow. :)
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