Monday, 1 August 2011

Osage Bow

The bow is coming along slowly, it's floor tillered (that's to say it flexes when you lean on the grip with one hand, with one end on the floor and the other end gripped in the other hand).
I've put it up on the tiller with a string which will just fit onto it, but it's still too strong.
Being rectangular in cross section it looks a bit like a bit of 2"x1"!
There is one nice ripple on the lower limb in the pic where there was a knot.
I'm taking it slow and steady, the wood cuts nicely but can tear and leave nasty hard sharp edges and splinters. Areas where there are knots or the grain is uneven are being worked with a rasp rather than the spokeshave to avoid that problem.

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