Outstanding article,,,,,,,,,,,, Grate info to
I have wood bows over 80yrs old shoot as good as my new ones. Heck Im 50 so Im no spring chicken myself. I have broken many old and new bows in my time all were (MY) fault. if a bow is oild and treated it will out live generations.
A friend just brought me an old Comanchie bow that is at least 120yrs old. its going into a bathtub of linseed oil for the summer. I have a small heater that keeps the oil warm. I have has as many as 20 bows in there at one time. I even treat and oil and seal new bows. You just dont know if the factory may have missed on this one.
Well done you guys got your acts together
James Koch <alchem@...
I have never had an old wood bow I bought break and I have purchased at
least two dozen over the years. Your best bet is to remove any flaking
finish and the leather wrap on the grip if it is bad. I rub the wood with
a good coating of lemon oil and leave the bows in a humid environment like
my basement in the summer. The less humid, the longer I leave them. At
this point I clamp and straighten any bad bends. Once the wood has had
time to soak up some moisture, I seal it with boiled linseed oil. I then
string the bow and draw it slowly until I reach full draw. Most old wood
bows have an extra piece glued on for the grip. This often fails when
being drawn. In this case I chisel it off. sand both surfaces smooth and
re-glue it with a strong modern wood glue and replace the wrapping on the
grip. Some old wood bows are actually made of two staves lapped
together. In both cases the extra grip piece is essential to provide
strength, so re-gluing correctly is essential. From then on store the bow
in a not too dry environment like the first floor of a house. Don't leave
it strung in the sun when not actually being shot. I have fixed and used
several such old bows which I subsequently shot for a year or two. I then
sold them to customers who broke the bows immediately during
stringing. This was obviously due to the buyers not knowing how to
properly string a wood self bow. My belief is that most of the breakage
you hear about with old wood bows is due to incorrect use rather than to
the wood having gone bad over time.
Jim Koch (Gladius The Alchemist)
>At 04:10 PM 5/27/2006, you wrote:
>I have been given two unstrung wooden bows. They were stored in an
>attic for 20 or 30 years. Both do not appear to be warped or twisted
>in any way.
> I'm afraid that they will crack or break if I attempt to string them
>at this point. Any suggestions on how to treat/restore the wood
>before I attempt this? I'm excited to get the bows and would hate to
>destroy them due to impatience.
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