Re: Re-steaming a selfbow
- Adding a backing might help a little. It would have to be wood or
bamboo backing and not a cloth backing. As has been pointed out, the
problem is that the cells on belly of bow have been damaged. So you
could add a backing and then try retillering the bow and, hopefully,
scrapping away the damaged portion of the belly.
Or you could try the dry heat, take some of the set out and hope
that you have cooked it just enough to strengthen the crushed belly
cells. You are trying to dry out the wood to take some of its
flexibility away but not dry it too much to destroy the cells even
more. Personally, I have not have too much success with this
My own thought would be to do nothing. Accept that it has lost some
of its cast and get as much life out of it as possible. You can then
decided if you want to make your own bow or buy another one at some
point. If you are going to make one, it's nice to have a bow you can
already shoot so you don't feel the need to rush the bow. If you are
going to buy one, keep using the old one and everytime you do, put a
couple of dollars into your New Bow Jar.
It has been suggested that the permanent set (I prefer the term
stringfollow) was caused by leaving the bow braced for too long.
While that is a possibility, another possibility is that the bow was
drawn back too far. The best selfbows are really designed for one
person and one drawlength. You can 'overbuild' a bow for safety and
to handle longer drawlengths but at a cost of efficiency, cast, and
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "Oakes, George" <goakes@...>
> But based on stuff I have read about making selfbows, would it
> to add a backing????? like a linen, or another wood? bamboo? andas it
> is being glued up remove the set by gluing it up and clamping itin such
> a way as to remove the 'Set" ?down?
> You may need to re-tiller the bow to bring the drawweight back