Re: [SCA-Archery] Sapling for a bow stave
- maple is used for the core of many fine laminate bows. It should be
fine for a self bow but might be a little shocky.
At 08:39 AM 10/19/2007, you wrote:
>I want to try my hand at making a self bow myself from a sapling. I--
>have a maple growing in an awkward spot in the backyard that I should
>have cut down a couple of years ago already that might do.
>Is maple a decent wood to use?
>What is the right time of year to cut the sapling?
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> If you want something more authentically period, base yourdesign
> construction off of the construction of a osage orange bow in
> approximately chapter 3 of V1 of the Bowyer's Bible. The ELB
> of the Yew bow in chapter 4??? will be a dissapointment except in,I will point out that "ELB" yew bow by John Strunk in Volume 1 is
> as stated before, learning techniques.
not a true English Longbow at all. It is more of a cross between an
American Flatbow and an English Longbow.
But whether it is English Longbow, American Flatbow, transitional
bow, or board bow, it looks more period than a takedown recurve.
And you will enjoy the flights of your arrows even more with a bow
you built yourself
Tiller of ELB is pretty simple. Tiller of a flatbow is pretty simple
too. As Nigel pointed out earlier, it's not difficult, it's just
Your first bow will probably come out underweight or have too much
stringfollow or have a hinge. I have built around a dozen bows and a
whole lot of firewood but I still consider myself a rookie.
Have fun, start shaving