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by greybeard
Sun Jun 26, 2022 4:47 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Covid lockdown activities
Replies: 2
Views: 575

Re: Covid lockdown activities

Rob,
Nice workmanship on the cases, they should provide ample protection for the bow and arrows.
Daryl.
by greybeard
Sun Jun 12, 2022 11:05 am
Forum: Traditional Tackle
Topic: BEWARE; Cheap Chinese Made Bamboo Arrows.
Replies: 1
Views: 117

BEWARE; Cheap Chinese Made Bamboo Arrows.

I wanted some bamboo arrows to use with my Asiatic style bows. At $49.00 per dozen after discount and delivered to my door I thought it worth the risk. The self nocked arrows appear to be well made although the parallel slip over field points may be a little difficult to remove from some type of tar...
by greybeard
Sun Jun 05, 2022 3:55 pm
Forum: Shooting The Breeze
Topic: Cyclone Dust Collector.
Replies: 2
Views: 1063

Re: Cyclone Dust Collector.

I connected the cyclone dust collector on the 20th. March this year and I had to empty the 20 litre collection bin on the 4th. June. This unit has proved to be very efficient as only about a teaspoon of sanding dust was in the bag on the exhaust end of the dust extractor. Daryl. * Sanding Dust From ...
by greybeard
Sat Apr 30, 2022 4:36 pm
Forum: Shooting The Breeze
Topic: Cheap 68" Longbows
Replies: 3
Views: 631

Re: Cheap 68" Longbows

If your draw length is around 30” and you want to shoot a longbow I agree with Jeff. A 70” n to n bow is probably the better option but your choices maybe limited with an ‘off the shelf’ bow. To ascertain if and when your bow goes into stack build a jig as shown in the image. * String To Tip Angle.j...
by greybeard
Sat Apr 09, 2022 3:37 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Choosing a board to make arrows?
Replies: 6
Views: 673

Re: Choosing a board to make arrows?

Hi Cam, Are you making arrows for particular style of bow at a given draw weight and draw length or just experimenting? If you are not familiar with the AMO details for arrows check pages six and seven in the attached PDF. * AMOStandards.pdf * The information is most likely based on Port Orford ceda...
by greybeard
Sat Apr 02, 2022 10:11 am
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Choosing a board to make arrows?
Replies: 6
Views: 673

Re: Choosing a board to make arrows?

Hi QIMB, Perhaps you could try to source some of the following timber. You may have to check out wooden boat builders and I believe picture frame manufacturers also use straight grained knot free Huon pine. Daryl. https://www.wood-database.com/huon-pine/ https://www.wood-database.com/douglas-fir/
by greybeard
Tue Mar 22, 2022 3:56 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Second Spotted Gum bow
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Re: Second Spotted Gum bow

Angus,

I was fortunate to get a good pole from my local Bunning’s store. I was told the stores have a certain amount of autonomy as to the depth of products they stock.

I was able to get six strips out of this 10 cm pole using my cordless circular saw.

Daryl.
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by greybeard
Mon Mar 21, 2022 9:42 am
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Second Spotted Gum bow
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Re: Second Spotted Gum bow

Hi Angus, String follow / set is inevitable with selfbows. Steps such as pulling the limbs into reflex using heat can help minimise the amount of set. I prefer to use wet heat [steam] rather than a heat gun. http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php?topic=33079.0 https://www.tradgang.com/tgsmf/in...
by greybeard
Sun Mar 20, 2022 5:55 pm
Forum: Shooting The Breeze
Topic: Cyclone Dust Collector.
Replies: 2
Views: 1063

Cyclone Dust Collector.

After watching several videos on making a dust collector with hit and miss results I thought paying $34.00 for a commercially made one a bargain. My biggest challenge was finding a suitable flexible hose, rigid pvc pipe and fittings. I managed to find the bits and pieces at the local Bunning’s store...
by greybeard
Sun Mar 20, 2022 12:36 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Playing Around.
Replies: 4
Views: 416

Re: Playing Around.

Jeff, They are probably a bit slow in lighter draw weights and would need to be in the 50# plus to get better performance. Tip mass would be similar to that of a 30# bow. I found a video of a similar style bow; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_1bH2gezX4 Best performance I could get out of 31# was 1...
by greybeard
Fri Mar 18, 2022 2:13 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Playing Around.
Replies: 4
Views: 416

Re: Playing Around.

I finally finished the bow a couple of weeks ago and all going well it will have a new home.

Daryl.
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by greybeard
Tue Mar 15, 2022 2:25 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: First bow attempts with Silvertop Stringybark
Replies: 13
Views: 1239

Re: First bow attempts with Silvertop Stringybark

Angus, I don’t know if the bow was dead vertical in the photo but you should be able to work out the stiff spots. * Part Draw.jpg * Usually I have found once the bow is braced with the correct length string I can scrape the stiff spots on the belly, every so often exercising the limbs with short dra...
by greybeard
Fri Mar 11, 2022 3:29 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: First bow attempts with Silvertop Stringybark
Replies: 13
Views: 1239

Re: First bow attempts with Silvertop Stringybark

You need to be more selective in what timbers you use. Vic ash is a generic term covering various species of eucalypt and probably one of the worst timbers for bow making. Try sourcing some hickory or hard rock maple from a specialist timber merchant. Straight grained spotted gum can work and using ...
by greybeard
Mon Feb 28, 2022 10:40 am
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: First bow attempts with Silvertop Stringybark
Replies: 13
Views: 1239

Re: First bow attempts with Silvertop Stringybark

Have a look at the following link, quite a good explanation and images.

Daryl.

http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/inde ... ic=44850.0
by greybeard
Sat Feb 26, 2022 10:45 am
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: First bow attempts with Silvertop Stringybark
Replies: 13
Views: 1239

Re: First bow attempts with Silvertop Stringybark

I'll see if I can find some a 'bend through the handle' examples on the Internet. Perhaps I should have worded ‘bend through the handle’ differently. Don’t add a handle block or shape a riser. Rely on the thickness of the stave in the ‘grip’ area and it will bend slightly during the draw cycle thus...
by greybeard
Fri Feb 25, 2022 6:08 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: First bow attempts with Silvertop Stringybark
Replies: 13
Views: 1239

Re: First bow attempts with Silvertop Stringybark

It is a little difficult to evaluate a situation from an image. The first thing I noticed in the images was the abrupt fadeouts of the glued on handle. This has a similar effect of bending a strip of timber over the edge of your work bench. Has the timber lost its moisture content? I would suggest a...
by greybeard
Thu Feb 17, 2022 7:50 am
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: First bow attempts with Silvertop Stringybark
Replies: 13
Views: 1239

Re: First bow attempts with Silvertop Stringybark

What style of bow are you trying to make?

Could you post an image of the bows edge profile showing the handle, fadeouts and indicate where the limb is failing. Also what shape is the limb cross section and nock to nock length of the bow?

Have you tried a bend through the handle bow?

Daryl.
by greybeard
Wed Feb 16, 2022 3:28 pm
Forum: The Cutting Edge
Topic: 1084 Hunter
Replies: 5
Views: 1292

Re: 1084 Hunter

I really like the combination of steel and timber in this I like the clean lines of the knife and agree with the handle and blade combination. The leather work will improve and I think most people would appreciate the hand made look as opposed to something punched out in a factory. Well done, Daryl.
by greybeard
Sat Feb 12, 2022 11:52 am
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Playing Around.
Replies: 4
Views: 416

Playing Around.

I made a new form to make a bow similar to an Egyptian style bow but I think I went a bit off track. Although the final product is not what I envisaged it appears to perform well. The shaped handle and static tips were glued to the bamboo core and allowed to cure before bringing the laminations toge...
by greybeard
Mon Feb 07, 2022 5:02 pm
Forum: Traditional Tackle
Topic: new limbs on a broken one piece recurve
Replies: 9
Views: 1066

Re: new limbs on a broken one piece recurve

Unless thickened the fadeouts may be too thin to support the limbs at full draw particularly with heavier draw weights. There appears to be sufficient thickness to accommodate threaded inserts and possibly the alignment pins. The takedown limb wedges would essentially lengthen the riser and probably...
by greybeard
Sun Feb 06, 2022 6:18 pm
Forum: Traditional Tackle
Topic: new limbs on a broken one piece recurve
Replies: 9
Views: 1066

Re: new limbs on a broken one piece recurve

Hi Clinton,

I do not know of any bowyers who would be interested in re building the bow.

It is something you could do if you are willing to do the research, put in lots of time and spend a fair amount of money.

Daryl.
by greybeard
Fri Feb 04, 2022 5:17 pm
Forum: Traditional Tackle
Topic: new limbs on a broken one piece recurve
Replies: 9
Views: 1066

Re: new limbs on a broken one piece recurve

Hi Clinton, Were you thinking of salvaging the laminations and then have them re glued to the riser or just saving the riser and having new laminations including the glass glued to it. A bow form would need to be made to complete the task. Overall the refurbishing would be an expensive exercise bein...
by greybeard
Thu Jan 27, 2022 11:01 am
Forum: Traditional Tackle
Topic: Chinese Recurves Warning
Replies: 17
Views: 2645

Re: Chinese Recurves Warning

Hi Matt,

I recently had an experience with a Chinese made Assyrian style bow that was supposedly 35#.

It went the other way and came in at 23#.

Daryl.
by greybeard
Sun Dec 26, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: The Cutting Edge
Topic: Battle Axe
Replies: 1
Views: 800

Re: Battle Axe

It looks as though it would do the job, I would hate to be on the receiving end.

Daryl.
by greybeard
Sun Dec 26, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Maple flatbow in an afternoon
Replies: 4
Views: 890

Re: Maple flatbow in an afternoon

No, I haven't tried that method as I have a workshop full of power tools. When needed I use a 50 mm power planer that does the job. I envisaged a milling bit up to 50 mm in diameter which would cover the limb width in one pass down the length of the limb instead of several passes with a small diamet...
by greybeard
Fri Dec 24, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Traditional Tackle
Topic: Hollow Limb Design [HLD]
Replies: 7
Views: 2452

Re: Hollow Limb Design [HLD]

metalhead wrote: Thu Dec 23, 2021 8:09 pm Don't ACS takedown longbows have a concave belly?
Perhaps they were inspired by Howard Hill's patent.

Daryl.
by greybeard
Fri Dec 24, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Maple flatbow in an afternoon
Replies: 4
Views: 890

Re: Maple flatbow in an afternoon

Dave, I often wonder why offset handles never became popular; Ben Pearson tried it in 1955 with his Bushmaster recurve. Patents for offset handles were lodged many years before 1955. Time passes quickly; https://ozbow.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=16177&p=167720&hilit If the belly tape...
by greybeard
Thu Dec 23, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Traditional Tackle
Topic: Hollow Limb Design [HLD]
Replies: 7
Views: 2452

Re: Hollow Limb Design [HLD]

Dave,

I haven’t got around to making the profiling bits to try the following.

Daryl.
by greybeard
Sat Dec 18, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Video Links
Topic: Which Longbow?
Replies: 10
Views: 2728

Re: Which Longbow?

Was the different limb length a Hill innovation or are the bowyers producing his bows responsible. From memory this idea was reasonably popular when making selfbows. Supposedly it made tillering easier. Extract from the http://www.vintagearchery.org/howard-hill.html "Hill had never really been ...