Very nice collection my friend. I only have two bows(three counting the recurve) because i never did much bow hunting or shooting. Id go deer hunting a few times when bow season first opened, but that was usually just to get a feel for the land and how the deer were moving for when rifle season started. Im just now starting to appreciate the more artistic side of the traditional bows, but i see myself owning quite a few of them in the future.
Well, bad news fellas. My string arrived today and after i got the bow strung up i realized that the lower limb is warped. It isnt noticeable when i didnt have it strung, but its very noticeable now and it gets worse and worse as the bow is drawn. I talked to my dads old hunting buddy and he gave me some tips on straightening it back out, but he also said that theres a possibility that it will never be straight again. All i can do now is wait and see if it straightens out. Wish me luck fellas.
Sorry to hear about that. Hopefully it can be repaired. If your friends tips aren't successful, try searching for articles on the internet that show techniques to repair a twisted limb. I've seen a couple of very good tutorials. Anyhow good luck.
Well it seems to have straightened out some, but its still not good enough to shoot. Whendrawn to around 26" or so the twisted limb is so bad that it causes the string to sit about a half inch off center. Hopefully it will straighten out with a little more time. On a better note, its been strung for over 48hrs and isnt showing any signs of stress other than the twisted limb. Not bad for a relatively low end recurve bow thats over 43 years old. Actually, its quite impressive considering most cars these days are made to last half that long :lol:
Ive also decided that i will be making a bow. I wanted to go all traditional at first, but i think ill build my first one using laminates just to get a feel of working with bows. Then, if all goes well with that one, i really want to try a traditional sinue backed bow.
Does anyone know of any forums that deal with bow building or traditional bows period? Ive done tons of research over the past week or so and even bought a book on how to build bows, but its always good to have a forum to look to when you have a quick question that needs answering. Thanks in advance fellas.
Just one other thing and that is several coats of true oil is better than a heavy coat. Other than that viper one gave you some good info. I even use the tru oil to do a total used bow I got. I just cleaned it up and then gave it sever light coats of tru oil. The bow was a old browning, came out just like a new bow. Also give the bow a change to dry between coats, I let the bow dry for 3 days between coats etc...
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