by Dark Factor
19 Nov 2017, 13:18
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 26
Views: 521

Re: New project - Ash longbow

that's not as I work at all, but yes, that's interesting to see how other bowyers do.
by Dark Factor
14 Nov 2017, 19:33
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 26
Views: 521

Re: New project - Ash longbow

A too large handle add archer paradox to the arrow too, that's why it's always better to have a narrow handle. for flabows, limbs are flats, but bowyers (milleniums ago too) understood that's better to work the handle differently to reduice paradox with a narrow handle.
by Dark Factor
14 Nov 2017, 19:31
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 26
Views: 521

Re: New project - Ash longbow

the handle is the most important to be good on the hand, but if you feel it well, so that's not a problem. I just mean the proportions seems too large and you could take out wood on the sides to be closer to a square section and not a rectangle. but it means you had to take out half of the wood and ...
by Dark Factor
14 Nov 2017, 18:45
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 26
Views: 521

Re: New project - Ash longbow

your section seem very large to me. I mean when it's too large you don't have it well on the hand and I consider you can't shoot so well (just my point of view, not sure if other archer here feel the same). But if it's not too large, you could add a piece of rawhide. Generally longbows have rounded ...
by Dark Factor
10 Nov 2017, 19:05
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 26
Views: 521

Re: New project - Ash longbow

Also, 6-8% moisture is very low for a bow and I don't really understand how this can be so low in a porch. Whithout heating, that's hard to be under 12-14%
by Dark Factor
10 Nov 2017, 19:03
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 26
Views: 521

Re: New project - Ash longbow

Yes, i suppose warbows were used at long draw because they have to shoot very far without real accuracy. A french-seaking medieval text say archers have to put string to the right breast... which is already very far and more than 32'' for me. Also, the draw weight were very high and  that's better t...
by Dark Factor
09 Nov 2017, 19:58
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 26
Views: 521

Re: New project - Ash longbow

a 60#@28'' bow is about 75#@32'', so that's a bit different if you plan the draw weight for 28 or 32''. but 32'' will bend the bow more so this could break easier. that's why it's better to have longer bows at 32''. At 28'', the bow will shoot faster if it's about 170cm long, at 32'' this will be be...
by Dark Factor
08 Nov 2017, 18:42
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 26
Views: 521

Re: New project - Ash longbow

Hello. I don't see problem with narrow rings. For me, that's better. Ash can make 60-70lbs longbows without problem if the rings aren't too thick. For me, it's better not to spend time with heat treatment... Time consuming. 2m is long... But it depends you draw length, at 32" that's good, but if les...
by Dark Factor
04 Nov 2017, 11:44
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 975

Re: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow

Yes, I know 2-3 other bowyers on medieval fairs if one day someone want to make a gathering !
Belgium isn't so big! Car isn't always necessary.
Jaochim... I've sent you an email to your private box
by Dark Factor
31 Oct 2017, 17:13
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 975

Re: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow

I live near Tournai (Doornik), near the french frontier. Exciter isn't so far as he live near Kortrijk if I remember well.
by Dark Factor
17 Oct 2017, 18:19
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: Old greek bows
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: Old greek bows

Yes, I'm searching the informations since some days and somes comes from poteries (never sure the artist know how is a bow), other informations from old text, but no exact ideas. I have found this : https://koryvantesstudies.org/studies-in-english-language/page210-2/ http://www.salimbeti.com/micenei...
by Dark Factor
16 Oct 2017, 16:27
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: Old greek bows
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Old greek bows

Hello (sorry to be boring about my questions of old bows...) I desire to build a gastraphete, which is like the ancestor of the crossbow. What I read about, describe it like a greek bow with a cross to let it bent (bending the bow with the belly/body and not the arms). People try to make the "cross"...
by Dark Factor
25 Sep 2017, 16:26
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 975

Re: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow

Yes, I don't explain why it's so low moisture. especially if it's nearly outside. Generally when it dry outside you never go down to 12% but 14-16%. The wood hasn't had a heat treatment? Someone once told me that wood with heat traitment can't go back to a normal moisture, but not sure it's true or ...
by Dark Factor
20 Sep 2017, 16:35
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 975

Re: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow

Yes, that's strange your wood is too dry if you put on a garage (no direct sun...) Do you know the moisture % in your garage? Are you sure you correctly use your moisture meter? That's not about you, but the one I have need some settings according to wood species which make a little difference (3-4%...
by Dark Factor
19 Sep 2017, 17:30
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 975

Re: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow

I don't pay so much importance to moisture as I make bow drying on my house and they stay at home when it's finished, so they finally stable at the moisture rate they will always be. but normally at home, they stable at about 9-11%. To be at 6% means the room is very hot or very dry. Normally, you j...
by Dark Factor
19 Sep 2017, 16:42
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: American oak
Replies: 11
Views: 307

Re: American oak

My website in online for some day... once again... I must explain, we have been hacked and we don't really know how to stop this, someone use the website to send millions of emails, so it stops till we find a solution.  We really think we have found a final solution now (I hope). we have make this o...
by Dark Factor
16 Sep 2017, 11:38
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: American oak
Replies: 11
Views: 307

Re: American oak

leaves are the best way to identify both, but when it's cut, I don't know at all. Yes, Quercus robur is the oak used in Europe for construction (a bit less now) and furniture. but for bow making, 2 close species can work differently... and even in the same species, a tree that grow on shadow and roc...
by Dark Factor
15 Sep 2017, 16:30
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: American oak
Replies: 11
Views: 307

Re: American oak

The tree I speak about is "chêne pédonculé" in french (peduncled oak ?), the most common here... I don't know the english name. In latin: Quercus Robur, Latin names are sometime the best way to speak about the same tree. There is also the Quercus Petreae, but less ordinary here and I've never tried....
by Dark Factor
14 Sep 2017, 17:50
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: American oak
Replies: 11
Views: 307

Re: American oak

I've never tried Red Oak, only european Oak.
to my point of view, it's stil very big, you can split and start making bows till floor tillering. After this, you'll only need some days/weeks to dry it. It also help preventing cracks. Big logs cracks easier (less when it's already split).
by Dark Factor
24 Aug 2017, 18:03
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: Sugar Maple Sapling
Replies: 9
Views: 431

<r>these knots aren't terrible at all... you can make the tillering as if there is nothing, I think. If you use a drawknife, you can follow the rings and have some nice curves... as you prefer.<br/> here a page I've made about knots and curve on bows; but in french, so not sure you'll understand :  ...