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by greybeard
Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Free to good home
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: Free to good home

It is above my work working skills to do it justice Making a laminated recurve may seem a daunting task but if you take time to think it through it is relatively easy to make a successful bow. After reading and understanding the instructions all starts to fall into place. A couple of dummy runs cla...
by greybeard
Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Free to good home
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: Free to good home

That is a very generous offer.

What draw weight did you order as this may help people decide weather they can make use of it?

Daryl.
by greybeard
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Bamboo backed Osage
Replies: 7
Views: 278

Re: Bamboo backed Osage

Having a working bow is a good end result. Even for longer term bowyers of non glass bows lessons are still learnt. Just about every new bow will throw up another challenge. Think of it as a life long apprenticeship. With custom bows I tiller them to the archers actual draw length and required draw ...
by greybeard
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Bidwillii Build-along.
Replies: 22
Views: 1646

Re: Bidwillii Build-along.

Hi Bob, Unfortunately I scrapped the project as there was no way I could remedy the effects of the hard stiff knot area. As many bowyers have experienced there are times when the bow / stave reaches a point that it can not be saved. Clear glass out of Bingham’s is getting expensive and allowing for ...
by greybeard
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Bamboo backed Osage
Replies: 7
Views: 278

Re: Bamboo backed Osage

The tiller is nice and symmetrical, well done. * bambooOsage.jpg * You will notice in the photo that the limb tip to string angle is almost 90 ̊. If the bow is drawn past this point the bow will start to go into stack. Longer fadeouts may help de stress this area of the limbs. From watching YouTube ...
by greybeard
Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Scene & Herd
Topic: LONGBOW ARROW????
Replies: 1
Views: 377

LONGBOW ARROW????

Unfortunately the story teller did not offer any evidence to back up their claim and highlights their lack of knowledge of archery.

Daryl.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-01/ ... /100043886
by greybeard
Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Outdoor Gear
Topic: Cleaning Arlec Plastic Lamp Body
Replies: 1
Views: 387

Cleaning Arlec Plastic Lamp Body

The plastic body (green and black) of my Arlec led lamp has become sticky to the touch. I have tried liquid soap, metho and tar and bug remover without success. It has had ten or so hours of use since being purchased on 3/10/2015. When not in use it is stored in a cabinet. Being rechargeable and hav...
by greybeard
Wed Mar 24, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: One for the Ladies – you can do it.
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Re: One for the Ladies – you can do it.

Jeff,

I have been watching quite a few videos on making traditional bows in Asia and the bowyers appear to prefer using traditional hand tools.
Perhaps they believe using traditional tools is the way it should be.

Daryl.
by greybeard
Sun Mar 21, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Traditional Archery Events
Topic: North Albert Field Archers, Easter Weekend
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: North Albert Field Archers, Easter Weekend

Is there an alternative to the QR code sign in for those who do not have a smart phone/internet access?

Daryl.
by greybeard
Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: One for the Ladies – you can do it.
Replies: 3
Views: 269

One for the Ladies – you can do it.

I thought this was quite an enjoyable build along. Notice the home made fletching jig.

Daryl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NfeBgtVFrY
by greybeard
Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Traditional Tackle
Topic: Hollow Limb Design [HLD]
Replies: 1
Views: 694

Hollow Limb Design [HLD]

Some years back I found a picture of one of these bows on the internet but no text to accompany it. Whilst searching the net this week for bows incorporating a concave belly I found the following web site. You may get the following alert. * Not Secure.jpg * http://primitive-bows.com/hld-a-new-progre...
by greybeard
Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Bidwillii Build-along.
Replies: 22
Views: 1646

Re: Bidwillii Build-along.

Hi Jeff, The bow is braced to 5 ½”. A few short draws indicated that there is a fair amount of draw weight left in the bow. * 17 Knot Areas.jpg * If I can resolve the issues with the knotty sections and re-tiller the limbs, steaming recurve into the tips may help compensate for loss of draw weight. ...
by greybeard
Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Bidwillii Build-along.
Replies: 22
Views: 1646

Re: Bidwillii Build-along.

I disregarded my own advice and spent too much time using the long string. It was giving me false readings with the knot area, approximately six inches in length in the left hand limb, this area refuses to bend. Consequently the outer limb section is too soft, I may have ruined the bow. The bow can ...
by greybeard
Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: board bows and grain orientation
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: board bows and grain orientation

What has me confused is when I watch tutorials for selfbows (boardbows) made from a single board sourced from the hardware shop. Why no mention of ring orientation for these? No chasing a growth ring for the back, just, cut to shape and tiller. Most likely the board used in the YouTube video was ha...
by greybeard
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Bidwillii Build-along.
Replies: 22
Views: 1646

Re: Bidwillii Build-along.

Yesterday turned out to be quite productive. Aligning the limbs proved to be a lot easier than anticipated once I had come up with the plan of attack. With the handle of the bow firmly held in a vice an L shaped wooden block was clamped against the limb at the pre determined pivot point. A wooden st...
by greybeard
Sun Jan 10, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Bidwillii Build-along.
Replies: 22
Views: 1646

Re: Bidwillii Build-along.

Although tedious some progress has been made. The left hand side limb is getting closer to where it needs to be but working around the hinge is slow work. In the early stages of roughing out the stave I was a bit heavy handed in this spot and now I am paying the price. Fortunately there appears to b...
by greybeard
Thu Jan 07, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Bidwillii Build-along.
Replies: 22
Views: 1646

Re: Bidwillii Build-along.

I was not completely happy with the modification to the left limb so more work was carried out. I scraped and sanded the affected belly section and reduced the high spot on the back of the stave. Fortunately this wood can handle growth ring violation with no ill effects. This section was given a sec...
by greybeard
Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Bidwillii Build-along.
Replies: 22
Views: 1646

Re: Bidwillii Build-along.

I was amazed at how easily the hump was flattened out and the overall simplicity of the method employed. Some time was lost through refilling the steamer but the overall steaming took about forty minutes. To date this has proved the best method for selective wet heat bending. * 10 Steaming Hump.JPG ...
by greybeard
Sun Jan 03, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Bidwillii Build-along.
Replies: 22
Views: 1646

Re: Bidwillii Build-along.

One of my Osage bows I made was very similar to that with the one limb having a big hump in it. I spent a lot of time on it and it turned out to be a great bow. I look forward to more progress photos. Jeff Jeff, as you are aware these twisty and knotty billets can be challenging but rewarding with ...
by greybeard
Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Bidwillii Build-along.
Replies: 22
Views: 1646

Re: Bidwillii Build-along.

Working the belly of the stave has been a slow process, unlike a straight stave or one where each limb profile is similar. With this particular stave each limb requires slightly different approach to bring them into balance. * 7 Tiller Comp.jpg * At present the mass of the limb on the left outweighs...
by greybeard
Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Bidwillii Build-along.
Replies: 22
Views: 1646

Re: Bidwillii Build-along.

"In the synonym, Austromyrtus is from two Latin words, australis, south, myrtus, the myrtle tree" Today I reduced the overall width and thickness of the stave. Spoke shaving the bulk of the bark enabled me to establish a new centre line and modify the limb plan. Leaving some bark on allows me to re...
by greybeard
Thu Dec 31, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Bidwillii Build-along.
Replies: 22
Views: 1646

Bidwillii Build-along.

Austromyrtus bidwillii; pronounced: oss-trah-MERT-uss bid-WILL-ee-eye The growth rings are very close together and this may account for the fact that you can violate the growth rings without affecting the integrity of the back of the bow [based on a previous experience]. * 1 Grain Compilation.jpg * ...
by greybeard
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Tri Laminate Carriage Bow.
Replies: 3
Views: 494

Re: Tri Laminate Carriage Bow.

The sleeve system works well when you need to use every inch of the billet. Usually I like to make self longbows 68” n to n. With sleeves I can use 2 x 35” pieces, if splicing it requires a minimum of 2 x 37” pieces of wood. It may not sound like much but it can make a difference in bow design. Daryl.
by greybeard
Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Tri Laminate Carriage Bow.
Replies: 3
Views: 494

Tri Laminate Carriage Bow.

From; https://www.archerylibrary.com/books/ https://www.archerylibrary.com/books/ford/ Archery, its theory and practice by H. A. Ford, 2nd Edition, 1859. “As regards backed-bows other than yew, it has already been observed that they are inferior to the two sorts just treated of. But it must not be s...
by greybeard
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Not My First Choice of Bow Woods…But
Replies: 6
Views: 499

Re: Not My First Choice of Bow Woods…But

I found this old image of bows made from Australian hardwoods. * * Aus Hardwood Bows.jpg * * At that time both Glenn Newell and Alan Jones were making these styles of bows but I can’t remember who made these particular bows. Keith Keddie was making similar bows and I think his main timber was red as...
by greybeard
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Not My First Choice of Bow Woods…But
Replies: 6
Views: 499

Re: Not My First Choice of Bow Woods…But

That's some sweet action mate, let us know how it fares with some use. What sort of draw weight is it Looking Good, is it a shooter and what are the specs. Cheers Roadie The finished bow is 70” n to n and draws 35# at 26” dlpp. This was the ball park weight that I was after as it suits the re-enact...
by greybeard
Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Traditional Crafts
Topic: Not My First Choice of Bow Woods…But
Replies: 6
Views: 499

Not My First Choice of Bow Woods…But

Generally I would place Ironbark way down on my list of bow woods because of its physical / mechanical properties. Making a successful bow could be a bit of a challenge. The debarked billet 8’ long and 3 ½” across the crown used for this project had been sitting in my storage rack for about five yea...
by greybeard
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Outdoor Gear
Topic: Free Energy Generator Self Running
Replies: 2
Views: 1426

Free Energy Generator Self Running

Free Energy Generator Self Running by Magnet Have any members tried one or more of the following ideas? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVE6ofG9d9c https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WilbSXmeV8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZzNh9Bd9ZU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEsj0lb2AZA I have tried the one...
by greybeard
Thu Oct 29, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Traditional Archery Events
Topic: NORTH ALBERT TRADITIONAL TOURNEY 24/25 Oct. 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 1034

Re: NORTH ALBERT TRADITIONAL TOURNEY 24/25 Oct. 2020

Hi Sue,

Thank you for posting the photos.

My camera was playing up. I will try to get some photos from Wombat.

Daryl.