I put a lot of work into this bastard. They all hurt, but this one…
I broke a bow today.
Four straight broke sticks.
What can I say?
The BrokeStick StringWorks©®™ is finally staffed up and in full operation…
Here is my new bow scale, a present from my lovely assistant.
I had been checking my bows’ draw weights using a bathroom scale and a 2×4. Now I have this guy and let me tell you …
Just when you think the body of bowyerism knowledge is exhausted — read the chapter on string making in Vol. II — the authors of the Traditional Bowyer’s Bible open up all new avenues of bowyeristic mysticism.
I just finished the second volume. The G. Fred Asbell chapter on improving accuracy was immediately helpful. The rest….
The video below, part 1 of two parts, shows how any well adjusted person might make a quiver out of PVC pipe and various other materiel. Only two things about this video bother me: its velocity and it makes too much sense.
I can’t say this experiment was a failure. I feel I have insufficient evidence to draft a final judgment. I do know this: the steamer tube bent and then held its shape better than the bamboo. And I clamped the bamboo down fresh from the nearly liquidified tube.
Here’s a gratuitous clamp collection photo:
And now for the end result….
I can’t begin to explain how monumentally important it is for me to be able to steam wood so that it will easily bend to the contours of a bow-making form. So I won’t bother trying.
Here’s the finished steamer set up on top of the other bow heater — the sacred glue-up oven.
And here are remaining details on how the steamer came to this state and what happened next…