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  • Robert Meyer
    Feb 9, 2010
      Well, I have been making strings with 14-16 strands of #18 waxed Irish linen for the bows that I've made at 40-50 lbs.  I've broken a couple at 14 strands on my 50lb bow but not at 40.  The linen cord that I use typically has a breaking strength of about 17 lbs for a single strand, giving a breaking strength of a 16 strand string of 272 lbs.  You have to be careful at only 5x the strength of the bow to not shoot very light weight arrows.  If there is too much energy left in the bow, it will be dissipated in the string, causing it to fail catastrophically.

      I typically use two colors for the strings but I have used only one at times.  I like the two color, mostly for looks since a green/gold twisted string looks nice.  I also find that with 16 strands, I can't make a serving where the arrow nocks.  I just make sure I keep it well waxed when I shoot.  I don't bother with servings at all, any more.

      I have been using Royalwood Ltd. waxed Irish linen cord (4 ply which is labeled as #18 on the spool).

      Hope this helps

      Robert l'√Čtourdi
      "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."
      --Leonardo da Vinci

      From: Edward deWitt <sagebowman@...>
      To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Mon, February 8, 2010 10:26:04 PM
      Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: string making

      Robert,  I use a bowyers knot on my Flemish strings also. 
      When you use linen, what quantity of strands do you use?   I am looking to make 35-40 pound strings for my bows.  Do you use all the same color or do you color them for separation purposes?
      Ld Edward

      --- On Mon, 2/8/10, Robert Meyer <meyer_rm@...> wrote:

      From: Robert Meyer <meyer_rm@...>
      Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: string making
      To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Monday, February 8, 2010, 12:23 AM


      I've been making my own strings, too.  I've been using Irish Linen and hemp for them.  I Flemish twist one end and use a bowyer's knot on the other end.  Works really well.


      "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."
      --Leonardo da Vinci

      From: Ld. Cian Rhys Gravenor <metaldog00@hotmail. com>
      To: sca-archery@ yahoogroups. com
      Sent: Mon, February 8, 2010 12:02:25 AM
      Subject: RE: [SCA-Archery] Re: string making

      I've been making my own Flemish Strings for over a year now and I love it. I too, learned from 3 rivers but I never got the dvd. I just got a copy of the instructions from them.   I've done both 2 and 3 color strings though the 3-color is only a little more difficult. I've even managed to make a Flemish twist for my crossbow. =) I love it and will probably never return to the endless loop unless I absolutely have to.


      To: SCA-Archery@ yahoogroups. com
      From: aharndts67@yahoo. com
      Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2010 21:52:50 +0000
      Subject: [SCA-Archery] Re: string making

      Yeah that DVD from 3 rivers archery is a very good video... it is all in the twist.
      Spend some time learning on making the 3ply string. the plus to a 3 ply is that the string is a round string, and far better custom color options...
      Bit of advice. Don't mix B-50 with Fastflite string... makes a weird string size. it almost like a D.
      what do you use for your serving string.. the braided black and white fast flite or standard #4 nylon.

      oh don't feel bad if a friend asks you to make a string for them, $10 each. and that is cheap.

      And welcome to the quiet guild of string makers.

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