Black locust recurve

Black locust static recurve

This stave has a few knots on one limb and had a sideways bend in the middle but the other side is really clean.
After roughing out I corrected the sideways bend in the handle with steam. It also has some twist but I could not get that out. The grain curves down in the handle section (still visible in the handle pic below). Because of this grain dip the stave was thinner at the handle so I glued some maple, walnut and bamboo on the belly.

Started the hollow limb with a large gouge and bent the recurves with steam just after first stringing.
The original plan was a 70/75 lb bow but halfway during tillering the large knot on the side split from the side (which I left extra wide for safety). I thought the bow was ruined! Examined the bow the next day and decided to fill the crack with superglue and rasped of as much of the knot and crack as possible. Now there is half a knot on the side, will see how long this lasts…

Lowered the draw weight about ten lbs for safety because there is stil a little of the crack on the side. Shot about 50 arrows to see if it holds up and then fumed it for 4 days.
Kinda liked how the handle glue up turned out after fuming so decided to leave it without a leather handle wrap.

Stats:

Wood: black locust
Length: 64 inch ntn
Draw weight: 63 lbs at 26 inch
Handle wrap: build up wood laminates
Extras: Fumed, Hollow Limb Design
String: 8 strand fastflight


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Mulberry bendy

Mulberry bendy

This was a leftover split of mulberry, both length and width are almost unchanged except for some sanding. Kind off nice when roughing out the basic profile takes only 10 minutes;-) there’s only two rings in this bow, you can see the light earlywood separation in the closeup of the tip.

I don’t make a lot of bendy handles but somehow it felt right for this stave.
Narrowed the handle just a bit and flipped the tips a little with steam.

This was a very pale coloured mulberry so I fumed it for about five days. Came out pretty dark for cheap low concentrate ammonia from the supermarket!

I glued some cork on the handle to make it a little more comfortable (I like beefy handles) and wrapped it with cotton cord and some brown b50.

Shot it a bit over the last week and it shoots really smooth so I am probably going to use it for the upcoming target competitions.

update: The bottom limb developed a hinge at the bottom of the recurve, I heated that spot with a little extra reflex to stiffen it up and removed some wood from both limbs to even the tiller. The bow is now about 43 lbs at 28 inch

Stats:

Wood: mulberry
Length: 62 inch ntn
Draw weight: 48 lbs at 28 inch
Handle wrap: 2 different color stringwrap
Extras: ipe tip overlays, fumed
String: 8 strand fastflight


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