OK, 'tis finished :shoot1:
Just south of 40lb at 30", and has taken a couple of inches of set (probably due to me tillering before it was dry enough).
Sarah (my eldest) has called dibs on this one, and did the artwork for me.
Sarah doesn't believe in wasting any available drawlength...
Hmmm - I'll have to sneak it into the house and hope the Management doesn't notice :D
Is there any way of telling when the MC is low enough, without spending one's hard-earned wedge on a moisture meter?
And thanks for the tips!
Thank you, kind Sir :)
Finish drying - I may have been a bit impatient to get started... It's been down about 6 weeks, and split for 4. As the garage temperature hasn't got to double figures for longer than that, I doubt the stave is anything like dry enough. I just hope I haven't done the...
As I have recently acquired a large quantity of ash, I thought I'd have a go at making bows (as you do).
Not having a drawknife, and being a devout cheapskate, I made a drawknife from an old file and set to with wedges, carving axe , drawknife and spokeshave.
Yes, indeedy :D I managed to restrain my drawkniving enthusiasm and switch to the spokeshave and then the scraper at about the right point.
I could maybe have done with switching earlier, but you live and (hopefully) learn.
Next bow will be shorter and wider.