|how far do your kids bows hit? im 12 and im british.i
make my own bows... i just find a neat branch in the
local woods and use plaited horsehair for the string
(my sis does horse riding).For my arrows I use
pheasant tail feathers for the tail, and a sharpend(with
a minus headed screwdriver)flint. I can hit a target 86
feet away so am I good or am I bad? - J Hills 04/17/2007, ID=2858
The rattan bows will launch a 1/4" arrow a hundred yards. They are nice bows, but you are on the borderline at 12 of finding them too small.
|Laminated bows: Dean, I have made many
laminated bows over the last four years, all of them
along the lines of your video. Typically, I use three
pieces of material: bamboo or hickory backing, core
slat and riser blank. I have noticed that some
bowyers, when laying up the bow, like to insert an
extra lamination (or several pieces) between the
backing (bamboo) and the bow core in the handle
area. This piece may only be 1/2" thick in the
middle and taper into the limb around the area of
the fades. Does this piece serve a purpose other
than looking "cool"? Are there any should's or
should not's when adding this piece? For instance,
how far out into the limbs should it be tapered?
Does this cause a hinge in the fade area? As
always, I appreciate your time and knowledge you
share with us. - Aaron Williams 04/10/2007, ID=2856
Using lams allows you to conserve wood by sandwiching marginal pieces of wood between the back and the belly and thereby keeping them out of harm's way. MUlti lam bows do not hold their shape better or perform better, or to my eye look better. Indeed, they depart from craftsmanship and approach engineering to the point that they are lacking only a layer of fiberglass.
|will hair from a horse tail make a good bowstring? it's used as a violin bow and works because it is rough. if used as a string for archery, will it "saw" the bowtip off (or weaken it) at the string grooves? - phil carpenter 04/09/2007, ID=2855
I don't know the answer, but I know how you can find out.
|I noticed in your DVD, HOB, that you use a block plane
to thin your stock and then a toothing plane to groove
the surface for gluing. I have an inexpensive Stanley
block plane from HD that just makes a mess of
everything I work on. What type of plane and No. do
you recommend for thinning bamboo and other
general stock? Any pointers on setting the plane up
correctly and sharpening it? Thanks again. - Aaron Williams 04/06/2007, ID=2854
Bamboo is very hard on sharp blades and the plane irons in block planes are not up to the task. I've replaced all of mine with better irons. Woodcraft Supply sells the Hock replacement blades, and though they are expensive, around $30, they are good. There are others around, too, all of them better than the original blade. I have a Hock and a Samurai, or a name similar to that. It is cheaper and every bit as good as the Hock.
|Hello Dean, I have your video Hunting the Bamboo
Backed Bow and wonder how many grains of resin and
hardener do you use to glue the bamboo back on the
osage stave? I would hate to be a teaspoon short when
glueing or a 1/4 cup too much wasted. Thanks - Jack Lea 03/22/2007, ID=2852
Jack, what works for me may not work for you. I have an artist's palette knife with a slightly concave edge filed into it that allows me to trowel on the thinnest wet coat of glue I can manage (on both mating surfaces). If you don't do that, you'll fall quite short using my mix.
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