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Forum topic by John healey posted 06-24-2011 01:46 PM 1226 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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John healey

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06-24-2011 01:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bowyer redoak wood

New to the site and a new bowyer just wanted to pick up as many tips as i can im build my first red oak american flatbow tommorow and would like some tips and like to say hi to everyone here

-- JohnHealey

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#1 posted 06-24-2011 02:44 PM

Hi John.. No tips here. Don’t know anything about flatbows. Welcome to the site tho.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 06-24-2011 03:32 PM

While I’m not a bow-yer, I don’t think red oak would be a good choice of wood to use. Instead you may want to look at acquiring Lemonwood, California yew or Osage orange for constructing a bow. You may want to check with an archery supply place for materials.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#3 posted 06-24-2011 03:48 PM

John, Here is a search for building a bow. I am sure you can find some topics that will address your post in the list.

Let me also welcome you as a member.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 06-24-2011 04:23 PM

There was a lady LJ that built a bow around here. I just can’t find it. Someone should remember her.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 06-24-2011 05:27 PM

I have made, and broken, a few bows. The first one was made of lemonwood, a wood preferred by beginners for its forgiving nature. I threw a few hundred arrows with it before it snapped, dang but I loved that bow. Yew is preferred by most, so long as it is good wood for it…no twists or pin knots; easier said than found. If you get your own wood, take an upper section of the tree and split it with a hammer and wedge to see if the wood twists; if it does, it is useless for bow making. Read a book called “The Bowyers Bible, part 1”; great info. Lastly, take your time and be extremely patient! Be very careful bending it in your testing, bend it just a little at a time and take it easy or you will have lots of broken pieces. Good luck!

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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Don W

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#6 posted 06-24-2011 05:54 PM

Hi John, welcome to LJs. Just put “flat bow’ in the search windows, You’ll find a few. I built a few several years ago. I’m not sure I ever finished any, but they are still hanging in the shop. Maybe someday.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 06-25-2011 03:29 AM

I have made two oak bows. Bought the oak at Home depot. Worked well. Need to look for streight grained wood. There is a forum, like this one ,just for making bows. I have not been there for years now, but lots of good info there.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Website>

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John healey

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#8 posted 06-25-2011 07:01 AM

Jim finn whats the name of the forum????

-- JohnHealey

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#9 posted 06-26-2011 04:02 PM

-- No PHD just a DD214 Website>

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