--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
, Carolus Eulenhorst
> Second, Don't try pulling an old
> wood longbow without oiling and cleaning it first and then
> it up with gradual slow pulls to short draws first. Draw to the
> where you just feel resistance, let down then draw an inch or
> further, let down, and repeat until you reach your full draw. Do
> slowly and listen and feel for any cracking or signs of failure.
> to wear safety goggles rated for racquetball or similar impact
> and a heavy, long sleeved shirt, long pants, and closed toe
> exploding bow can really hurt. The best place to check a bow's
> with your local marshal or pro shop.
Good advice and I will add the following tips from the Bowyer's
Check the bow out carefully. If you are in SCA, a marshall can
check out your bow. You are looking for cracks or other signs of
damage. Careful, though, a lot of lemonwood bows can look fine
and still blow up at first draw.
Next, string the bow to a low brace height 5" to 6" and just let it sit
for six to eight hours. Do this for 4 to 5 days before even
attempting to pull it. Finally do some partial pulls to warm up the
bow and then follow Carolus advice.
And, if you have never strung it yet, the bow can blow up on
stringing it if it has severely dried out. So be careful right from
the get go.