Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: bow weight
- Thank you. That was the rule of thumb that I had read and heard
before. But, just could not get my feeble olde brain to remember.
On Saturday, June 4, 2005, at 12:06 PM, jameswolfden wrote:
> The difference in thickness between a 60 pound bow and 35
> pound is minimal regardless of bow type. This is one of the
> reasons why many first time bowyers end up building bows far
> lighter than they planned.
> The poundage is usually controlled by the width of the limbs
> rather than the thickness of the limbs as it is less sensitive. The
> rule of thumb is that doubling the width will make a bow twice as
> strong while doubling the thickness will make a bow 8x as
> If I add another layer of sinew, I am changing the thickness of the
> bow. Typically, you will want the thickness of the sinew layers to
> equal the thickness of the horn layer. The horn layer can be
> gently scraped to drop poundage although some modern
> bowyers will preshape the core wood before laminating based
> on their experience.
> James Wolfden