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Bow staves

4feathers
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11 Feb 2018, 03:25 #1

Hello everyone,
     New to PaleoPlanet, but it all looks and sounds awesome. Have something of a problem with older bow staves that have dried down to far to be safely used, most likely below 6 percent. I normally dont use a moisture meter but tried it on some red oak staves and it did not register, thus thinking it was lower than 6 percent. First oak bow blew up, seemed DRY, tested it and doesnt register on meter, thinking was over dry. Tested my all wood bows that I use and they do not register either. Worried that the MC is low and may blow up my bows and the future staves that are stored with them. Long story short, how, it possible, can I re-hydrate the staves and finished bows? Is it possible? Thank you to all , in advance.
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George Tsoukalas
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11 Feb 2018, 13:33 #2

Where do you live? Jawge
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4feathers
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11 Feb 2018, 13:34 #3

Hello George, i live in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada.
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George Tsoukalas
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12 Feb 2018, 13:52 #4

Hi, 4 feathers. Winters in NH can get dry too. I've found that the outside of a stave is at 6 % but the inside is fine. I have a moisture meter and use it all the time. I never rehydrated anything. 

I don't live where you do so I can't advise for sure.

Was your oak bow a board?  Usually grain problems break board bows.

Jawge
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4feathers
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13 Feb 2018, 03:16 #5

Hello, yeah dry winters but started the humidifier in the spare room, my bow room, haha. The oak was salvaged trees from the spring flood, where I usually get my firewood from, cut 6 ft pieces from the trees, and split them into rough quarters. Split so nice, almost as nice as ash. Sealed the bark side, no bark, i guess coming down the river during the flood would take the bark off of most things. I am working on a smaller version of that type of bow, wide pyramid bow and it seems fine to about 20 in draw, although the other blew up at 22. It just looks to dry to me but,,,,, just un sure. Either way, it is all a great learning experience. Thinking of recurving an ash or oak or both and sinew backing them. Have a great day, thanks.
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