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A Simple Longbow

Postby Hank » Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:45 am

I have been contemplating my next longbows to build. Of course I want to work on my semi Hill style, but also have had in mind a reverse handle straight riser one, as well. Saw this one over on the wall and it is close to what I want to build. Looked at an old archery book from the late 50's and they basically did the same thing with a recurve.

Build the bow belly down, with the form straight through the riser section, reflex the limbs as much as you feel you need to. Pop the bow off the form, rough to shape and put in the string grooves. Make everything even with regards to center (riser and limb length) and check the tiller. Then you can flip the bow and decide after the rough out which will be the top or bottom limb, depending on the tiller.

Cut out the shelf and other shaping, glue on any overlays on the belly for extra contour, mass, grip shape, etc.

I really like the looks of this bow and was thinking along the same lines.

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Re: A Simple Longbow

Postby Hank » Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:50 am

This guy used 2 parallels and 1 (.001 per inch) tapered lam. I like how the belly lam and glass go right through the riser. It is 66" long with a 15.5" riser. 51@27

Easy form to make and I bet an easy bow to build.
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Re: A Simple Longbow

Postby Feral Donkey » Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:06 pm

Well, let's get Ernie to grind us up some lams and throw a few of those together. Let me know when you're thinking about doing this and I'll cruise down there and we'll have ourselves a glue session. :D
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Re: A Simple Longbow

Postby cst » Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:31 pm

Looks pretty cool.
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Re: A Simple Longbow

Postby Hank » Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:55 pm

Here is the recurve plans I saw in an older book...scroll down to the link under the paragraph that says "Make a Recurve Bow Plans" and click on that. Looks similar to making this style of longbow...and easy :)

http://www.vintageprojects.com/archery/ ... plans.html
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Re: A Simple Longbow

Postby Feral Donkey » Tue Oct 30, 2007 10:29 am

OMG that looks easy!!
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Re: A Simple Longbow

Postby Hank » Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:15 pm

I think they even use parallel lams in the recurve. I also notice it is 66" long, just the way I like em :)

There were evidently some good shooters back then shooting this style of bow. Very low wrist grip, as well.
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Re: A Simple Longbow

Postby Feral Donkey » Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:01 pm

I like those plans. I might just make a form like they show.
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Re: A Simple Longbow

Postby Hank » Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:53 pm

I have enough really good plywwod to build 2 forms. One is going to be for another Hill style and the other just like this recurve, but without the curves. I just need to figure out how much reflex to put in it for the limbs and still have them lay out like a real longbow when strung.
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Re: A Simple Longbow

Postby Feral Donkey » Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:04 am

I might make up a form just like it shows in the designs. I can cut it all nice and square, smooth, and even in the mill. ;)
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