Thursday, 18 June 2015
Spliced Yew Braced
It's a bit of a pig to brace and I needed to file extra nock grooves for a stringer. There is no chance of having a low brace as it flips round and the string pops over onto the back of the bow.
Even at this brace height, I had to force the string across to help remove some lateral waggle on the lower (most reflexed limb).
It's looking pretty good, but I'm a bit nervy about it.
Not sure how the splice will hold up, hence the grip is left fairly deep.
How good is the heart wood? What's going on with the colour variation in the sapwood?
It needed bracing to get a real feel of the poundage and to check the tiller. With reflexed bows it's easy to end up under weight as there is more poundage required to brace it, and this is deceptive if you are pulling it on a long string.
It feels good in the hand, plenty of early draw weight when pulling it a few inches. Of course it's not been tillered or drawn yet and so a lot of that will probably disappear.
I've not pulled it on the tiller at brace yet, it's just standing in the corner strung to let it settle.
This is a "Where I am at the start" post, dunno what it will look like by the end of the weekend.
Some bows feel you with confidence and you feel you could pull 'em back to the ear, others leave one feeling twitchy... but there's no real correlation between the reality and the expectation. Some that I felt really solid about have exploded and other bows that felt worrying have turned out great.
The secret is to make sure no one is standing behind you ready to clap or break a stick when you are tillering or at full draw with a new bow.
Note:- in each pick, the limb at the top is the lower limb of the bow and the one with most reflex and the bit of waggle.