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    Draw length VS. prod length on wood prods

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    Draw length VS. prod length on wood prods - Page 2 Empty Draw length VS. prod length on wood prods

    Post by Daniel Levesque Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:04 pm

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    Hello y'all !

    Quick question here for those used to wood prods. I tried to search the forum for an answer but couldn't quite find it so here goes. 

    What would you guys consider to be a good (safe) proportion of draw length (counting brace + power stroke) vs. length of a wood prod NtN (hickory recurve style with a good sinew backing) ? 

    I usually work in a 3 to 1 basis (prod being 3 times the draw length distance).

    What do you guys thinks ?
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    Draw length VS. prod length on wood prods - Page 2 Empty Re: Draw length VS. prod length on wood prods

    Post by Dark Factor Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:32 am

    european yews are very curvy too, but we can find good branches on century old trees. European maple are a bit light, but they can make good bows. European birch are very light, so not the best wood for strong bows. I don't know for canadian ones at all, this can be very different between 2 species. A french Medieval text says that we can make bows from every wood, but the best is yew! So you can try all you see around... and make your experience.
    Generally in cold countries, wood grow slowlier, so best for bows. Mountain and rocky ground are good candidate for strong bows.

    If you cut some trees, that's generally better during winter because wood as less sap, so they dry faster. but you can dry wood for a bow in some weeks in a good situation (so not the most important).

    If we measure experience in bow making with the bows you break, so yes, I have some experiences!
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