I finally got the brush rest done on the Hickory flight bow, so I went to the flight field with the 60 pounder Yew bow and the Hickory flight bow.
The Yew 60# shot lovely and smooth with the 11/32 diameter field arrows, (490grain) reaching 190 yards. Oddly with my regular 5/16" field arrows (~400gn) it was about 5 yards shorter, mind they are about 1" shorter, so the draw was less.
With a bamboo flight arrow (28" overall length) it made 234 yards.
With the Hickory flight bow, my nerves are still shot from the 2 smashed arrows, so I had extra strapping on my left arm, safety glasses and a bump cap (yes really!).
The arrows flew sweet and true, I was using the 28" (over all length) flight arrows, but just didn't have the bottle to take 'em anywhere near full draw. First shot was only 260yards, but then I got a couple at 278, I could barely see 'em as they left the bow so cleanly.
I'm hoping I can make some more arrows and get the confidence back into my draw and loose. I may also heat treat the belly some more.
It was hot out on the field, so when I got hope I made myself a concoction in a tumbler, a dollop of ice cream, some shards of dark chocolate topped up with tonic water. I sat outside contemplating that it would maybe better with some Gin or Whiskey in it.
Talking of which, I spent an enjoyable afternoon with Nick a guy form Cambridge way who popped down to see if we could find him a stave.
We went over to the woods and found a big Hazel which had recently toppled and got 2 nice lengths of timber off it. We ran them through the bandsaw and also trimmed some of a Yew branch which he'd brought for me to look at, it looked V promising.
He'd also brought a half log of unidentified wood which he'd found fallen and had been cleaning up, it looked a bit dodgy with some blue/grey streaks on the back and I could dig my thumb nail right into it. So I tried to flex it and could hear it going... I just lent a bit harder and snapped it clean in two! A half log that size should have been able to support a small car!
Anyhow, it saved him wasting any more time on it, and the Hazel staves we cut are were a far better replacement.
The time flew by and presented me with a nice bottle of Whiskey for my trouble... just a shame I didn't think of putting a splash of it in with my concoction!