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    OrienM
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    Howdy From New Mexico

    Post by OrienM on Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:06 am

    Greetings to the Guild!

    After some months of lurking and reading this fascinating forum, I thought I'd better join up so I could introduce myself properly! My name is Orien, and I'm a craftsman (knife and tool maker, primarily) from southern NM, USA. 

    I've only just started attempting to build crossbows,  but I have many years of experience building and shooting handheld archery bows. I am really enjoying the crossbow experience so far (the high draw weights and "interesting" geometries are going to take a few tries to nail down, though!)

    This is my first successful crossbow...basically a toy  Razz . Wooden (elm) prod of some 70# weight, Tiller of desertwillow (Chilopsis linearis, a local tree in the Catalpa family), wooden roller nut with steel sear and tickler trigger.

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    It's awesome fun to shoot, with probably enough power to hunt small game with...of course I immediately decided to make another with much, much higher draw weight  Suspect , which is now in process. 

    I could not have gotten this far with xbow building without the help of this fine forum, so...thanks to all for sharing projects and info! I look forward to sharing my work with y'all, as well.

    Cheers!
    -Orien
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    Re: Howdy From New Mexico

    Post by kenh on Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:54 pm

    Welcome!!

    Nice first bow.  And all wood!  Congrats.  I love the Desert Willow tiller.  How long is that prod?  You could hunt with that, but remember that a 70# crossbow won't have the impact of a 70# vertical bow.
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    Re: Howdy From New Mexico

    Post by OrienM on Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:46 pm

    Hi kenh, thanks for the welcome! I appreciate the nice words on my crossbow, it was a particularly fun project. This crossbow-building thing is fairly addicting, I fear... Surprised 

    The prod is 36" end to end. I figured I'd have the best chance of success making a wooden prod, since I'd made wooden bows before...actually it was quite hard to get a high enough draw weight, and I blew up one prod before getting this one to work. I can tell it has a lot less power than a handbow of the same weight would, but the bolts are fairly light so they fly pretty fast. A rabbit at close range would be in trouble, I think.

    What I find I'm really interested in trying is steel bows. I have another small crossbow with a 14" long leafspring prod almost finished up, and also started the forging on a 24" medieval-style prod with rolled ends I hope to get 300# out of. Should be tricky to heat treat, but as a fairly experienced knifemaker I feel like I have some chance of pulling it off (I'll still be testing it from behind a plywood baffle, using a long cable and a come-along, just in case  nooo )

    Thanks again!

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