Well (gulp), nothing ventured, nothing gained. Here is my very first attempt.
Client wants a target crossbow for his wife. He has supplied the prod, a laminated wood and glass version rated 81#@15", measuring 32 1/2" ntn. The tiller is beech, 31" tip to butt, made by gluing two beech planks together for a final thickness
of 1 1/2". The trigger is a teeter totter style, at clients requests (simplicity, past problems with a roller nut), modeled in maple right now to test movement and placement, ultimately to be steel. It is smoothed down, but not (by any means) finished, as it is a test bed to learn with. When everything works smoothly (hey, I'm a glass half full kind of guy), we'll move on to a more finished version. The only power tool so far is a hand drill, for the stirrup, and to start the hole for the bridle.
Thanks, and I appreciate your help and insights,