Long Bow: How To Make Profiles Historic & History
If any one has experience in bow making any advice would be appreciated. I am currently looking at bow string materials and how to make the string.
I recently read about two methods were to back the bow once it was finial tilled.
One person used dry wall tape glued in place with carpenters glue. The person claimed it was to prevent any possible cracking or splitting of the wood. I think there is merit to this as it would hold the fibres in place especially where one shaves from one tree ring into the next.
The second method that I might try is backing with sinew and animal hide glue. The sinew(deer leg tendons) gives more recoil to the bow. The animal hide glue is strong but flexible when dry an completely Sand able, at least I have been told it is Sand able. The down side is the hide glue is susceptible to water and is very dark.
I found the sinew at the local native reservation not as expensive as I thought it would be.
I am going to stain the bow to help seal the wood or perhaps use oil instead. I would appreciate some thought as to which might be better for the wood to protect from water damage while not changing its characteristics.
Edited: krakyn on 5th Feb, 2007 - 4:25pm