River Rat, thank you for your wishes!
WillS, thanks for all that info, a man learns something new every day!
About the tips: I'm fairly new to bowmaking, haven't made a lot of them I just thought stuff up I read about bow making, and there's so much info and knowledge to be had on the subject and sometimes too much at once, mixing up stuff and what not ... However someone earlier already said I should go for working tips, and I get why I should now, so that is the way to go...
I find it strange tho opinions are sometimes so varried about the wood.... Sometimes I read ash is not good for high poundage or this or that, but I guess it's all to do with personal experiences with the wood?? (also 160#? holy! who can pull that kinda weight? it draws more poundage than I weigh)
Interresting stuff on the shapes also... To get a true "pill" shape a sapling with a nice rounded back is preferred I guess? I'm working with a log I'd say the rounding is moderate..
As for the section I have it's about this: (the black)
and final shape should be rounded with the red... something like that
It's drawn in paint but I even think the back is about the same on the real bow, maybe a bit less radius on the real bow... it gives you an idea
Anyway here is the 'progress' from this weekend not much but I think I am fairly consistent in my arc, it bends throughout maybe not enough on the tips yet I think. next step is when saturday is dry to tiller it further to it's target poundage... The whole bow has a little twist to it also, but I think it wont matter it's not much.
(it is not raining btw, it was over)
It is strung with a loose string about the length ntn. drawing that to about 20" is about 40# already. It still goes back to it's original reflex. (which I am glad about, when I made my other bows, they quickly took "set" if that's the correct term).
I do have a problem stringing it however with a normal length string 4" shorter than ntn. I use paracord 4mm it's quick to make a string and strong... (have dacron and waxed linen and plan on learning the string making but first learning to make the bows) However, when I string it with my paracord (I need to pull it to the 20" with the loose string I mentioned) the whole thing just pulls my string and back it goes again to it's reflex shape. The string thus stretches I guess, paracord to stretchy for heavy bows? Have to figure this one out by the weekend as well...........
anyway this was the update sorry for all the text!