Martin came to collect the Yew bow and brought Ridgeback, the one I'd made him back in 2012 to check the draw weight.
It was great to see how Ridgeback had matured to a lovely colour, it was interesting to see the bow as I'd made the grip deeper than I'd remembered with quite a high arched D section giving it a slightly Victorian look, but only over about the central 10" or so. It also felt remarkably light in the hand.
Seeing the two bows side by side showed the contrasts and similarities (Ridgeback is the left one in the pic). The top nocks are different but overall they look very much to have the same feel.
He shot a few arrows from the new bow, it looked nicely manageable and was noticably heavier than Ridgeback, which I checked as 55# at 28"
It was good to have a chat and to find that he's hoping to join Cloth of Gold field archery club (which I heartily recommended), so maybe we'll bump into each other up there some time.
He also gave me some beers as an thank you which was much appreciated, especially as I've just finished the Christmas supply!
I'd have taken more pics but the camera (the little Canon SX220) seemed to be playing up... looking through the settings I found the lens retract set to 0 secs, which seems a pretty bonkers concept and is quite likely the problem.
I set it to 1 min and it seems ok now, (hopefully).
Just had an E-mail from Martinn to say he weighed the two bows, Ridgeback weighed 580g and Wonky weighed 800g
That's quite a difference so it will be interesting to re-weigh 'em in the summer or in a year.
There is the "Mass Principle" which some people use with bows, which basically says for any particular bow, length,poundage etc there is an optimum weight. I don't use it myself, but the heavier draw weight bow does weigh more, other than that I can't really muster the enthusiasm to delve further into it. I can't really imagine that about five or six pounds of draw weight and half an inch weight should add that much mass. My guess is it's more about the state of the wood.
If you all sit patiently for six months I'll report back. (Sit still hands on laps, no fidgeting!)