I am from New Zealand and am new to crossbow building.
I've been interested in making one for a good few years now and have scoured the net for info and pictures etc. Now that I have a good set of tools I've decided to finally get on and build one.
So far I have gathered some brand new trailer leaf springs (the longest leaves are around 600mm) for the prod. I intend to strengthen the middle of the prod with some extra metal and a few bolts given that there is a 5/16 hole right in the middle. I'm going to use a bit of 40mm round bar as part of a rotating nut type trigger. Kevlar thread made into a reinforced endless loop for the bowstring.
What sort of timber is recommended for the stock? I am in the middle of nowhere, but have access to various offcuts from building and pallets, as well as some eucalyptus trees to cut down (I have read it is extremely hard)
In terms of engraving/decorating, is it possible to engrave the prod without messing with it?