by Exciter
Yesterday, 19:31
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 24
Views: 449

Re: New project - Ash longbow

Yes of course I also keep mind of that if I a flat bow to narrow the handle more, but with this bow to keep the appearance of a "D-style longbow or warbow", or whatever :) it should be the widest part of the bow I think, however 1 1/2" is I think personally the borderline for this for the arrow issu...
by Exciter
14 Nov 2017, 19:03
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 24
Views: 449

Re: New project - Ash longbow

JoachimM The moisture thing probably learns me my moisture meter is pure crap ... :) I don't believe my bows will be at 6% in the environment they're in when indoors @20° it's about 13%... hmm gonna need to think about this about the arc... well I don't know if you can trust the pic 100% if it is t...
by Exciter
13 Nov 2017, 19:57
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 24
Views: 449

Re: New project - Ash longbow

should they be rounded a lot, wont that affect my one growth ring back?
by Exciter
13 Nov 2017, 19:35
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 24
Views: 449

Re: New project - Ash longbow

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 so...
by Exciter
05 Nov 2017, 15:30
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 24
Views: 449

Re: New project - Ash longbow

Stalker wrote: Was that a board?
Nope, a quarter log
by Exciter
04 Nov 2017, 13:11
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 963

Re: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow

car not necessary no, but taking the train with 3 bows on your back and a bunch of arrows gets you incarcerated in times like these.... :) anyway should there be a gathering I hope to hear from it, will always be interesting to meet experienced bowyers  :)
by Exciter
04 Nov 2017, 10:54
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 24
Views: 449

New project - Ash longbow

Heya! I'm currently building a new bow, a ash (fraxinus excelsior) longbow in the style of the medieval english longbows. Started with the idea to have the D-design but came back from that and now I'm going with a rectangular design with rounded edges on the belly, with should also give about the lo...
by Exciter
04 Nov 2017, 10:27
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 963

Re: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow

Where in Belgium do you live? I’m located 40 km east of Brussels (kortenaken). Always good to meet fellow primitive bowyers. Joachim Dark factor too: Ik spreek Nederlands et je parle francais, so we should definitely have a little Belgian bowyers gathering😉. And i have loads of bow wood to share as...
by Exciter
23 Sep 2017, 06:51
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 963

Re: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow

I have no idea of the moisture % in the garage... however like I said I would estimate it taking about the same as outside as it opens a lot during the day, no heating or anything whatsoever... As far as I know I used the meter correctly, it's also no high end equipment and the settings are also cor...
by Exciter
19 Sep 2017, 19:11
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 963

Re: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow

Well, I was really surprised to see the wood was too dry... it's in the garage, no heating there, the garage opens up quite a few times every day, warm, cold or rainy weather. So one would think the atmosphere would mix with the one outside, it's not big either, so I thought they would be good there...
by Exciter
19 Sep 2017, 16:16
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: American oak
Replies: 11
Views: 304

Re: American oak

Yes, so many variables to take in account when looking for wood.... kind of demoralizing in a way... seeing as it's hard for me to get to proper wood... but we wont give up :)

btw dark factor, can it be your website is off line again?
by Exciter
18 Sep 2017, 15:57
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 963

Re: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow

Hi Rod.. Well the boards were bias ringed and the growth rings were perfectly straigth... however I've recently bought me a moisture meter... and I think I found the problem.... My first bows made of same boards but in ash, which have a violated back still shoot to this day.... but the hickory which...
by Exciter
15 Sep 2017, 18:09
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: American oak
Replies: 11
Views: 304

Re: American oak

Dark Factor.. Quercus Robur is latin for the summer oak (by my knowledge) or indeed the common oak (according to wikipedia) which is european which would be a different tree than the american red oak I "should" have (not 100% sure it's that one, but I'll try to find out for sure) . Quercus Petreae w...
by Exciter
11 Sep 2017, 17:33
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: American oak
Replies: 11
Views: 304

Re: American oak

Hi, not Dutch, I'm Flemish from Belgium. anyway, done some research, I always thougth it was the white american oak that grew here (they still do but are rarer I read). but apparently the red oak is indeed more common. The wood is self is little pink like so it'll probably will be a red oak, altho I...
by Exciter
10 Sep 2017, 14:59
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: American oak
Replies: 11
Views: 304

American oak

Greetings! got my hands on a piece of oak with careful cutting or splitting I could get 3 to 4 staves out of it I guess. still have access to the remaining log original log was about 30 cm in diameter, that's about 12 inches. life rings are about 10 per inch directly underneath the bark. Latewood bi...
by Exciter
16 Aug 2017, 18:32
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 963

<r>Hi Rod!<br/> <br/> Thanks for the tip on that rawhide dog chew, I'll be sure to remember it as a possible solution if I ever need it, all tips are helpful and welcome!<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> On an other note here's an update on the backed hickory bow:<br/> <br/> Here's a pic of the *almost final*...
by Exciter
13 Aug 2017, 10:32
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 963

<r>Yes, exactly my thoughts on the tree cutting along the highways, always wondered how many bows I could make out of them.... hahah It's a pity they turn them into sawdust indeed<br/> <br/> well probably gonna go cut off a few branches now anyway, got a hazel pretty nearby, a little secluded.... It...
by Exciter
10 Aug 2017, 19:13
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 963

<r>Haha, what a coincidence! yes Tournai is quite the same as my region, but chopping trees by the side of the road, I thought it was illegal to do that here in belgium <IMG src="forum_data/forums.pa/pale/paleoplanet69529/smilies/114.gif"><s>[img]</s>forum_data/forums.pa/pale/paleoplanet69529/smilie...
by Exciter
10 Aug 2017, 18:24
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 963

<r>Well, I know one can dry wood in a sort of oven but I do not have the space to do that on a large scale I barely have the space indoors to make my bows.... , I could maybe in the future make a small one to dry 1 or 2 pieces at a time....<br/> <br/> Yeah, well problem for me is, I'm not that mobil...
by Exciter
10 Aug 2017, 17:55
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 963

<t>Had to make a new post, couldn't edit my previous because of the images... sorry for those!!<br/> <br/> <br/> Just wanted to say: now I know what you mean with gnarly and knotty wood!!! Your bows are very, very impressive !!!<br/> <br/> <br/> I can only imagine how long it will take when I get to...