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    Post by tghsmith Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:23 am

    this would be recreation of a medieval composite prod/lath.. trying to source and gather material.. looking at the grooved laminated sections laid at 90 degrees to the bow face..
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:21 pm

    I'm sure some of the others will chime in on this but here is my twopenerth. Do not fall into the same trap as me. I bought a box of offcuts, 16 water buffalo horn ends. This yielded a huge amount of scrap and an amount of usable horn, but all in small pieces that are an enormous struggle to scarf together and multiplied my work load.  Invest in good quality horn. Large sheep or ram horn is what I would use next time but water buffalo is seen as most cost effective.  I cannot comment on gemsbock or other exotic antelope species. 
    You can only use the side strip, the top and bottom plates won't straighten no matter how hard you try.  
    You will need to saw and resaw into strips 5mm thick, any thicker and it won't straighten for you.  Straighten with dry heat and fix when straight with cold water.  The longer the strips the easier the work.  A crossbow takes surprisingly little horn, 1 good size water buffalo horn might be enough. You need maybe 9 strips of horn 11mm wide 75cm in length to get a 300lb bow. I cut mine much too wide and lost a huge amount of good horn as I reduced the eventual thickness .  The work is not too difficult but there is an awful lot of it. For instance, you will have to groove at least 12 yards of horn...
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    Post by kenh Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:16 pm

    Water Buffalo horn is the de facto standard for all wood-horn-sinew bow construction, with a mixture of fish and hide glues to glue them down.  You want the absolute longest horn you can find, with the pieces just touching or slightly overlapped at the center of the prod.   Horn on the belly and sinew on the back, of course.

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