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Offline crazysquirrelpoon

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traditional bowers....need some help
« on: January 02, 2005, 08:52:19 PM »
hey, i'm just starting my winter project of making my first recurve and need some help.  I live in NW MN and want to make if out of wood that is native to this area.  I think i've got a good handle on everything, but was wondering would an oak riser be worth a darn?? i mean how much does the riser actually flex?  My plans are to use burr oak for the riser and ash for the limbs.......would it be worth while??
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2005, 10:37:29 PM »
Risers do flex a little, how much though, I don't know.  You could try it and see what comes of it.  At best, you've got a really good looking bow.  At worst, you'll have to make another riser.  I doubt on a recurve bow that the riser will flex enough to matter though.
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2005, 01:15:23 PM »
i'm about finished with a red oak long bow. oak is finewood for your use. howmuch a riser flexes is up tothe design,an english longbow flexes threw the handle.others don't flex at all.  take a look at a website called bowyersden,,,,http://www.xsorbit4.com/users/buildabow/index.cgi
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2005, 02:08:02 AM »
Osage orange ("hedgeball") is really good. My try with ash was a bust. Lemon wood is good, but not native to your area, I imagine. Years ago, many long bows were made of lemonwood. Nowdays, there are a lot of folks using Osage orange.
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2005, 09:06:33 AM »
so how is it comming? have you gotten anywhere with the bow?

 


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