i then added some osage orange trim pieces to cover the patch work and the previous person's lack of patience and skill. i shortened the tiller to achieve an 8" draw from the 3.5" brace height. i polished the aluminum trigger, nock points and rails, then sprayed the whole thing with 6 coats of black lacquer, then rubbed it out until it was slightly matted.
i'm presently working on a trigger guard, foot stirrup and bolt retainer. the bolts in the top pic are a 262 gr bamboo, a pieced together broken cedar arrow and an vw beetle aluminum push rod shaft with a standard screw on broad head.
i'm still trying to design the foot stirrup so that it's solidly mounted to the tiller without interfering with the prod. i considered mounting it to the prod bolt, but not sure if it would be too much of a load. the 1/4" prod bolt is screwed into a birch dowel that is glued into the tiller crossways, so it may be ok to mount the stirrup there. any suggestions?