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Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Another try with Hornbeam
I wanted to try a different wood from the usual Yew and Hazel, my previous attempt with Hornbeam broke where I'd tried to straightenout a big sideways bend.
This time I'm letting the stave dictate the bow, it has a huge natural reflex which a bit of deflex at one end. It's fairly short and wobbly too, so should be a challenge. My bandsaw blade snapped (it was getting a bit blunt) so I've gone back to basics and am using my axe. Oddly the bandsaw doesn't like the Hornbeam, it's heavy and dense and gives off a sweetish slightly cloying scent a bit like cow parsley or Sweet Chestnut as the saw blade struggles to cut through it. The axe seems to love it though! I had visions on sore fingers, tennis elbow and blisters, but I've been chopping away at the back outdoors enjoying a bit of sunshine with no ill effects. In the picture on the right my finger shows about where the tip of the bow will be the very end which kinks to the right being sawn off. The first pic shows that I need to weed the patio, hmnm maybe that would be a good name for a gardening based computer game?... don't spose it'd catch on, more a pull 'em up rather than a shoot 'em up. Final pic shows my progress so far. I'll make it fairly wide an flat to allow for the huge bend needed to even get to brace height, maybe I can end up with a high initial draw weight which then increases slow and smooth? Who knows, we'll see, and that's part of the attraction. I'm probably looking for about 40# which is a nice manageable weight.