Sunday, 31 May 2015

Flexing "Second Chance"

The reworked broken tipped Warbow is now 50# at 24".
Here's a still grabbed from the video and a short clip of it actually flexing.
The tillering needs some work still but it's looking pretty good. The right limb had been much stiffer than the left, but now it's reasonably balanced and I can work on getting both limbs curving nicely.
The left limb is a bit stiff mid to outer limb. As you watch it flex in the video, it looks like the right is doing all the flexing and the left is just pivoting down. All a bit subtle (especially at this short draw length*), dunno if you can see what I mean. It's a bit touchy feely at this stage. You really need to get your eye in to how it's moving, which is why I use the video, I can sit back in comfort and study it with a nice cup tea. I think newbies tend to rush at it and don't take time step back and look and think and ponder. The more I look at it the more it stands out like a sore thumb! Still I have 4" more of draw in which to sort it out, hopefully I'll have it coming back further and better by tomorrow night.

The way the thickness of the sapwood changes along the edge of the bow makes it look odd in places. Notably about 1/3 of the way along the right limb where there is a whitish mark on the wall, the limb looks very thin there... don't worry folks, it's just one of those optical delusions! (that's a deliberate Malapropisms in the name of humour)

* That's the irony of tillering. You need to see the problems early, but it's harder to see 'em early because there is less movement to observe!

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