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Ryans Yew ELB

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Ryans Yew ELB

Postby Spider 1 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:26 pm

Hey guys, I've been working on a bow lately. My second Yew English longbow. The first one didn't turn out so hot, in fact it sort of detonated in my hands! I got the Yew from a buddy of mine in Alberta (Thanks Ears). He sent me 2 sets of billets...good thing too. I want to get it done by mid march for Ryans Birthday so I figured I would post what I have done so far and maybe it'll light a candle under my butt to get it finished in time.
Well, here goes. I hope ya enjoy ;)
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Re: Ryans Yew ELB

Postby Spider 1 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:28 pm

First off I'll post a couple pic's of the stave, forgive my photo skills...I'm a machinist, not a photographer!

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Re: Ryans Yew ELB

Postby Spider 1 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:29 pm

This stave had a few bendy areas and one small knot that gave me a few fits. But it started to look ok after I thinned it down a bit.

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Re: Ryans Yew ELB

Postby Spider 1 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:30 pm

After a few days of scraping here and sanding there, I was able to get it on the tillering tree. After another day of scraping, It was starting to bend pretty well.
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Re: Ryans Yew ELB

Postby Spider 1 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:31 pm

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Did I mention, Ryan is my grandson, he'll be born sometime in mid March and I want to be ready for him :)
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Re: Ryans Yew ELB

Postby Carbon Caster » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:32 pm

I about passed out when I saw the length. :shock: :lol: Congrats and fine looking LONG bow!
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Re: Ryans Yew ELB

Postby Spider 1 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:34 pm

I got the nocks glued on the other day and just finished the final shaping.

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Then I roughed them out.

First the top.
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then the bottom.
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Re: Ryans Yew ELB

Postby Spider 1 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:36 pm

Thanks Carbon caster. It's about 24" long. I figure a good ELB is at least as tall as the archer and both my son and his wife are very tall. 24" should do it ;)
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Re: Ryans Yew ELB

Postby Spider 1 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:39 pm

I just couldn't stop there though, I needed the nocks finished so I could get the bow back on the tree.

The top nock, complete with a hole drilled for a piece of green silk ribbon.
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And the bottom nock.
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Re: Ryans Yew ELB

Postby Spider 1 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:45 pm

The next step was to make the string. I hunted around a bit and found just what I needed, some waxed linen string at the local hobby store. It was kinda thick, so 4 strands was all I would need. I twisted up a flemish loop for the top and tied the bottom on with a bowyers knot. A little tweeking and it came to a brace at 2 1/2"!

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With a little more work on the tree and a bit more scraping in the handle area, I was able to get a nice bend to a full 10"!!

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