First bow. Sinew backed black locust

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river rat
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11 Sep 2017, 16:57 #11

shave or plain works, so does a rasp. i have a method of using a hammer and my knife. then when i get it close. its just using my knife and files till its done.dont rush it. take your time. look at it. examine it.check out the grain, every little inch of it.let it tell you what you need to do.
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MrWorld
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12 Sep 2017, 12:41 #12

That last sentence is definitely good advice. I've learned so much from this injured locust from the Conrail line. I've learned a lot from the long drop left over from splitting my stave. How they are curling at the skinny sapwood, yet the heartwood is much more rigid.
As far as your knife technique... I had something similar in mind... (I think)
I considered cutting a guideline for the transition from riser to limb with a saw... Leaving some extra meat for fine tuning... Then split from the endgrain, then spoke shave..... But I am still learning.....

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MrWorld
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21 Sep 2017, 11:32 #13

MrWorld wrote:That last sentence is definitely good advice. I've learned so much from this injured locust from the Conrail line. I've learned a lot from the long drop left over from splitting my stave. How they are curling at the skinny sapwood, yet the heartwood is much more rigid.
As far as your knife technique... I had something similar in mind... (I think)
I considered cutting a guideline for the transition from riser to limb with a saw... Leaving some extra meat for fine tuning... Then split from the endgrain, then spoke shave..... But I am still learning.....

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21 Sep 2017, 11:34 #14

Almost there....
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MrWorld
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21 Sep 2017, 11:40 #15

Once I got it tillered I plan to steam bend a slight recurve, dry heat treat the belly, and back it with sinew. Anything I should be mindful of in any of these processes. Any advice as to the order? I have listed them in the order I plan to do them in, but it is all based in theory. No practice.

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river rat
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21 Sep 2017, 21:19 #16

ive bent locust bows in the past. ive always heat bent it. but steam will work too.if your sure enough to heat the belly, i dont see why you cant heat bend the limbs too for instant bends. once it cools its done no form needed. no waiting for it to dry.no possibility of drying cracks. just my thoughts on this.before you back it with sinew, its a good idea to ruff up the back with some coarse grain sand paper, or a sand stone, so the glue has a good gripping surface. b.locust can get real smooth.then wash it so if you got any oils from your hands on it they come off. plus it helps raise the grains once it dries.
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river rat
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12 Oct 2017, 10:10 #17

looking forward to seeing the finished bow.
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