Remember this guy?
The zebrawood belly chrysaled (lots of tiny cracks) about mid limb, rendering the stick broke. With nothing to lose but time, I decided to do some surgery. This is what happened…..
FYI: The string referred to in this post is the one I made for the walnut bamboo longbow in this series. The critique of that bow follows this string thing because one needs a string to shoot the bow for critique purposes.
If you really want to learn to make a bowstring, fly to the bottom of this post and check out my string mentor, Nick Tomihama’s videos. The videos below are the ones I watched before attempting my first string.
On the other hand, if you’re killing time or want to wade in to string making, read on…..
When we last left the bamboo walnut longbow build, we saw how linseed oil brings wood color to life.Behold, the handle and fades. The limbs are walnut backed with bamboo. The too-thick yellow chunk is yellowheart. And the stripey stuff is aptly named zebrawood, AKA zebrano. If I were to build exactly this bow again, I’d make the yellowheart layer no thicker than the bamboo. I’d also do something truly crazy: extend the handle woods into the fades.
After the linseed oil bath, another color treatment remains. This time, the bamboo gets it. A baptism of fire. Very dangerous business…..
The handle is glued up and posing for photos. At this point, photography is a form of procrastination, rather than a distracting chore. Because the next step feels really dangerous…..
Love to see this packing tape. It means another shipment from 3Rivers Archery has arrived. In this case, more Dacron B-50 and a jazzy nock serving widget — birthday swag from St. Roslyn herself.
Note: I mention 3Rivers Archery Supplies with some frequency. And that’s because I like and trust the shop. I mention Sam Harper a lot, too. Neither 3R nor Sam knows me and I receive nothing but satisfaction when linking to them. I discovered 3R while reading Sam’s bow-builds.
There are other sites that cater to traditional-style archers and builders. Bingham Projects is one such. I take it from builds I’ve seen online that Bingham is known for it’s bow kits. Since I just learned that they sell Smooth On EA 40 by the quart and gallon, I’ll probably be ordering from Bingham very soon.
At some point, I’ll post a list of online suppliers. They’re not hard to find. Lancaster Archery Supply is another I just thought of.
I feel pretty secure in mentioning Bingham and Lancaster because lots of trad archers show warm regard for them.
The darker piece is domestic walnut, black walnut. The lighter piece is bamboo. The walnut will be the belly, the bamboo the back. Bamboo makes good back.
Together, they’ll make a 68″ longbow or flatbow. Far as I know, unless you’re talking English longbow, flat and long are more or less swappable. As far as I know.
Now, let’s get to work on this thing.
The 4B* is the O’Hare Field of insects. Generally speaking, I hate insects. They put the ug in ugly. They fly like maniacs. And they don’t taste good.
I’ve put holes in aluminum arrows, shattered carbon arrows, shot off fletching, and broke I don’t know how many knocks. But this is the first time I did a Robin Hood. Here’s how…..