I hope I'm not infinging their copywrite, oppologies if I am, but I'd think they really belong to the man* who made them, who has now long gone, leaving us to marvel at his skill (*or woman of course)
I'm not sure why the 'tails'? 'barbs' ? are so slender and curved... maybe they are to be lashed to the arrow shaft rather than being barbs... Any ideas or suggestions appreciated! There was also a vertebra of an animal with a arrow head embedded in it a good half inch!
You can see in the pic the crack (indicated by the red arrows) doesn't actually run out where the grip narrows which was the main worry. There is no sign of it opening at 26" draw. The crack on the other limb is even harder to see and looks to be fine. I'll shoot a couple of dozen arrows through it before reapplying the finish. I've narrowed the nock area and taken off a little excess weight, I haven't done too much as it would be foolish to change the tiller.
Here's a pic of the roughed out Elm warbow stave too, that should keep me busy until the Yew is ready to work.