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Can anyone direct me to a place I may be able to purchase a Yew Branch as they are very rare around here & i'm wanting to start a project carving a Hunting type Bow?
Thanks in advance
:yikes: Be careful what you get hold of. It takes about 5 years to season a yew limb over here. Wouldn't want you to have any problems.
You can get yew staves sent in from the US (dont know how much it costs, but I am sure I can find a man who does)
I have some Yew in the garage, but it is still many years away from being useable. Let me know how you get on :-D
ARRGH! Don't do it!! :lol: Bow making can become dangerously addictive...BEWARE!
Will this be your first bow? If so, I would give yew a miss. Even in medieval times there was trade in yew with europe. The UK stuff isn't all that good for bows, at least, a good bit is hard to find, and probably is growing in someone's garden or something! A branch will work, at a push, but it likely won't be the easiest to work and won't make a really good bow. US bow grade yew is EXPENSIVE. Heck, osage is cheaper, and hickory cheaper still, if you are going to import.
Despite what some people will say, you can make excellent hunting weight bows from ash and elm. The right 3" diameter tree will work, though something bigger, 6-10" will be better. A 3 inch ash is more likely to be straight than a 3inch yew, the wood works easier too. Ash is common as mud and you can afford to mess up the first couple. It also dryes fast and you can go from green tree to seasoned bow in a couple months quite easily.
If you haven't read The Traditional Bowyer's Bible (at least vol1) I would thoroughly recommend it.
Wow thanks. It is my first Bow so I will try Ash as thats everywhere here.
The Bowyers Bible? Do you have the ISBN of that one?
I can't wait to start...Twang
Just go to Amazon.co.uk and type Bowyers Bible into the book search. It will bring up the lot.
Wow, they are paper back now. When I got mine they were all hardback at about £22 a pop.
Personally I would say, get the book, at least the first one, before so much as cutting wood. It talks about choosing wood, cutting and seasoning, bow design and so forth.
I rushed into my first, using a 3-4 inch diameter yew tree, before I had heard of these books. I worked the bow too green, too flat, incorrectly around knots, I tried to dry it too fast, :roll: Pretty much did everything wrong. It didn't break, but is permanently C shaped with about 5 inches of set, pulls about 30lb and jars my teeth on the loose! :shock: :lol: In retrospect it wasn't a bad bit of wood, oh well, live and learn!
You do know that you will have to learn about making strings and arrows too? :wink:
Check out http://www.stickbow.com/ The LeatherWall used to be a great place to learn about bows. Haven't been there in a while, but it is worth a look.
The english actor Hardy wrote a marvelous book on the longbow some years ago. Wilderness Way magazine over here has several sources of raw materials and finished native bow styles.
Why dont you get hold of Tom Foy at www.archery-centre.co.uk my brother and I have used Tom many many times in the past and he really is a master in his field, even if he cant help you with the raw materials that you need he has a wealth of knowledge surrounding long bows and in any case you should find his web site helpful :-)
Another site that you may find helpful www.cix.co.uk/~courtney01/combrogi/longbow.htm