Thank you, Rizzar, I really appreciate your constructive criticism.
I agree with you about the pin. I am not that happy with it. I felt it was too long, once I put it in place. As well as, a bit too skinny. I hadn't paid enough attention to it, really, and the bow was pretty much done once I placed it, as it would have encumbered my tying the prod on before, or putting the finish on. I let it go, as the client had decided she wanted it by a certain date. But a mental note was made for a shorter, thicker one in the future.
As for prods, we CAN get those, they are made in Europe, and we've ordered a few in the past, however, they are several hundred dollars. And, generally, the clients do not wish to pay it.
Also, if I understand correctly, those prods are quite strong. Which, while correct, make it much harder for the clients to play with the bows, and they want to shoot them!
this client wanted hers for target shooting, and the bow is in the range for that. By which I mean, it is 'easy' to shoot, she does not have to really fiddle with a cranequin, or gaffe. She should be able to pull it by hand. *I* could not, but, I have arthritis in my shoulders, which, when it flares up, makes it so I can't span the bow. And, it flares up in winter.
So, partly, that is the compromise we make, I'd LOVE to have it more authentic, AND, we have to go with what the clients want, as well.
As far as I could from the photos, the pin is in the "correct" place. I downloaded the photos of the Ulrich from the Met, and carefully gridded it out as well as I could.
I should really pester Ivo, with his Mad Computer Skillz, to help me with that in the future! I knew the length, but had to extrapolate all else from that one figure. And, I am clever with my hands, but NOT with math! So there was much measuring and re-measuring. The door of the shop is still covered with taped up printed copies of the Ulrich, penciled all over with measurements, and notes, etc.
The wood was cherry, she wanted a 'lighter' color. Otherwise, I think I might have done it in walnut. On the other hand, the grain was quite pretty in this one.
On the other other hand, I learned early this year that many "nice" bows were laminated woods, with a veneer over them.
So, unlike myself, I have to wonder if the grain of the wood was not important to the folks making them back them, and moreso, the bone and other decorations. I think that likely the case. The wood being just the vehicle?
Any other thoughts? I am very open to them. Here to learn.
It was thanks to Max, and some German videos that I learned to tie the prod on "properly", and I have learned so much more from you all.
Youall are an invaluable resource, thanks!
And, if ANYone knows anything at all about working horn, I would love to hear it.
I searched the web, Geezer found some stuff, my hubby found some info as well, we used heat, (a toaster over) as well as heating it in lard, all of which worked somewhat.
I ended up needing to use pins to tack the horn and bone on.
As the weather changed here, the wood swelled, and shrank, and the bone lifted in a couple places.
In the future, I need to learn to pin the bone, and put in plugs so they don't show. The pins have a certain esthetic, but, I don't always want that.
Thanks again, Rizzar.