|Project by CheyenneB||posted 04-27-2009 09:37 PM||8061 views||7 times favorited||6 comments|
This was my first reflex/deflex bow. After making half a dozen board bows and a flatbow, I wanted to make one that took my skills to a new level and would perform better and be a stronger bow.
The body is a red oak board from the lumber store, and the backing is bamboo. The handle piece is a maple block with cedar. The tips are water buffalo horn from Asia. It is finished with a polyurethane.
My mistakes were to sand the nodes off the front of the bamboo backing, which I did to make it flatter and easier to glue. This was the first time I used bamboo, so I did not know that this would cut the front fibers and defeat the whole purpose of a backing. When I was tillering it, fibers began to lift at one of the nodes in front that took a lot of stress, so in the end I backed the backing with silk fabric. Not ideal, but it worked and the bow shoots well.
Also, cedar is too soft and shows any and all marks. The bow now has a leather handle wrap and a leather piece on the arrow rest.
Any comments are welcome.