27928Re: [SCA-Archery] my new longbow
- Nov 1, 2010
From: Nicholas Calabria <ncalabria88@...>
To: Archery SCA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sun, October 31, 2010 8:24:35 PM
Subject: RE: [SCA-Archery] my new longbow
Great to hear this process and the enthusiasm that goes with it. Thanks.
> To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.comto Ace Hardware to get some stain and sealer, then halfway
> From: rikjohnson39@...
> Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2010 13:07:37 -0700
> Subject: [SCA-Archery] my new longbow
> My You-finish-it Longbow from GI-Bows arrived yesterday.
> Now I expected to do some work but a 6’ piece of 2x3 and instructions
> to get a draw-knife and sandpaper????
> Joking! Kostya left a 2x3 on my porch because he knows I collect
> lumber for various projects. And seeing it there as I came home gave
> me hope!
> But the Bows DID arrive yesterday, both mine ad Shea’s, about 15
> minutes after she left for home! And they are beautiful works! I got
> the 72" (because I am 5’11 ½") for me and the shorter 64" for Shea
> (who is 5’ nothing) and wanted to get to work RIGHT NOW!!!
> Unfortunatly I was in the middle of sewing a werewolf costume for a
> Halloween Party (I was going as Kibikichi, the Samurai Werewolf so I
> could wear a kimono I had made and carry my Cold Steel Warrior Katana
> and because I bought a new werewolf mash at a yard sale that morning.
> So the bow had to wait.
> Woke up early (I don’t suffer hangovers), grabbed my bow and rasp and….
> I ruin more projects by rushing in so I se the bow down and sewed a
> bow-bag (the sewing machine was still out) with attached string bag
> while I thought about it.
> Then I set up my belt sander with 1" belt @ 120 grit and slowly
> worked the handle until it was comfortable, then dropped it a bit more
> for the covering. Did not trust myself with a rasp!
> Walked away and made an arrow nock-jig so I could think about the next step.
> Headed down
> home, turned around to get a 4’ dowel. Couldn’t find balk or green sotime, write letter to GI-Bows to thank him for the
> settled for dark mahogony as a base and red cherry for highlights!
> Stained the bow on my kayak rack. Seems the saddles I mounted on my
> kayak trailer as perfect to hold the bow as I stained it and as it
> dries! Satin and wipe, stain and wipe…
> STOP! Let it dry.
> I tested my arrow nocking jig on the dowel to cut a nock. Then set it
> on the ironing board with my carpenters measure and measuring from the
> bottom of the nock, I marked the dowel in 1" incriments from 22" to
> 44". Now I can draw the dowel as if it were an rrow, have someone
> read the mark at the rest and I can eaily know exactly what length if
> arrow I need to buy for that bow!
> Check the bow!
> Still not fully dry! In Arizona no less!
> Don’t rush, take
> bow and show daughter both bows so I know which size to buy her.required)
> Is it ready for first sanding? Go to check.
> Rick Johnson
> "Those who give up a little freedom in return for a little imagined
> security will soon find that they have neither."
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I have started a long bow from scratch and it's rather daunting to say the least, can you post a link to where you got your do it yourself bow from?
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