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Playing Around.

#1 Post by greybeard » Sat Feb 12, 2022 11:52 am

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 together and locking up in the form.
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The static tips need narrowing on the belly to allow the string loops to move more freely.
A temporary string made from recycling an old string indicated that the bow may need string bridges. I will wait until I have a new string before I decide.

You may notice that the bow is a little asymmetric, right hand limb in the image.
After loosing several arrows the bow felt very tame in the hand which would indicate that the limb timing was not affected.
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Working out the core thickness for a given draw weight was hit and miss and using the limb thickness of .214” from my 38# recurve resulted in a final draw weight of 32#. This result establishes a base line for me to work from.
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N to N is 58” with a total working limb of 31 inches.

Daryl
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#2 Post by greybeard » Fri Mar 18, 2022 2:13 pm

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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"And you must not stick for a groat or twelvepence more than another man would give, if it be a good bow.
For a good bow twice paid for, is better than an ill bow once broken.
[Ascham]

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” [Einstein]

I am old enough to make my own decisions....Just not young enough to remember what I decided!....

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#3 Post by Stickbow Hunter » Sat Mar 19, 2022 10:38 am

Interesting design. Those thick tips would rob a bit of performance I guess.

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#4 Post by greybeard » Sun Mar 20, 2022 12:36 pm

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 157 fps shooting woods at 11.6 grains per pound. Average speed was around 142 fps which probably was a result of inconsistent form.

The bow was made for the re enactor group.

Daryl.
"And you must not stick for a groat or twelvepence more than another man would give, if it be a good bow.
For a good bow twice paid for, is better than an ill bow once broken.
[Ascham]

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” [Einstein]

I am old enough to make my own decisions....Just not young enough to remember what I decided!....

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#5 Post by yeoman » Thu Jun 23, 2022 8:01 pm

Looks great Daryl.

A bit of a pastiche of Turkish bows in it.
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