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    Post by GodricSwin Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:12 am

    Hello!
    It's been four years since I tried making a wooden prod.  It was a dismal failure . . .  Actually I should say "they".  I now have a piece of hornbeam that has weathered since that time and I'm thinking of giving it another try.  Has anyone used hornbeam for a prod?
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:23 am

    No, but I have seen several archery bows built from it and the builders all rated it as excellent
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    Post by banuvatt Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:17 pm

    Are you going to make a self prod or back it with sinew?
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    Post by OrienM Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:58 pm

    I made a few selfbows from it; a tough, hard wood, something like hickory or hard maple.
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    Post by banuvatt Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:43 pm

    The problem with bows made from white woods is they can be pretty heavy in weight and sluggish you can try fire hardening the belly it will increase draw weight and make it prone less likely to set. You can also try maybe reducing the sap wood these are just suggestions.
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    Post by OrienM Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:59 am

    The trunks I harvested had no heartwood, they were sapwood all the way through. This was Ostrya virginana (American Hop-Hornbeam). It made very nice bows, if designed appropriately.

    I also made few bows from Carpinus caroliniana (Blue Beech or Musclewood, also called Hornbeam in some areas) which is a somewhat different, but also very tough wood. Hop-Hornbeam tends to grow straighter, and the wood is less prone to warpage.

    IMHO some of the best info on wood and wood/sinew prods here on the forum is in posts by 'Mac'...he's no longer an active poster, but a bit of digging around should turn up some valuable stuff.
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    Post by banuvatt Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:30 am

    What poundage did you end up with?
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    Post by OrienM Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:06 am

    Like most of my archery bows, they pulled something like 50#. Higher draw weights never interested me much, at least until I got into making crossbow prods.
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    Post by banuvatt Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:18 am

    I think in my opinion a all hardwood bow or that is either sinewed backed or has minimal sap wood would  be the best performing.

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