Number 3

Osage Orange

This is one of the Big brother staves to the whippersnapper. Here we start cleaning the stave up a bit by reducing the back and picking a ring.


Tools used for this are my scraper and spoke shave.


More pictures of the stave


Nice and straight!!!!

This picture shows a dip in the back you can see the growth rings well in the sap wood.


Now we pick the ring for the back of the bow.




It's going to take awhile to get there!


Now I move on to clean the belly up a bit using my drawknife.



The back legs of the shave horse were lost in battle, things were not going good that day. I need a better horse anyways.




Looks pretty straight!!!! *joke*


Now that it is cleaned up a bit I need to lay out a profile and begin reducing the stave to it.


The lay out has been done.





 Finding center on a stave can be a little hard. There are a couple differenet ways of doing it. One being the waited string method (show is later) the other one I like is to make a center finding tool.

Here are the instructions for construction and usage.


Center Finding Gauge, Construction & Usage


Once you have the center of the stave then lay out begings for the bows profile. Handle, fades, mid-limb, and tips.

For this one I choose a 4" handle area 1" wide, 1" of fade 1 1/2" wide, mid-limb 15" from the fade 1" wide, and tips 3/8" wide.


This is where the weighted string really comes into play. Once you have the handle laid out, and you have an idea where you want the tips (the center of the stave may not be the best place) check it with the weighted string to see if the string is going to bisec the handle.


By doing this it could say you alot of time from heating and bending wood.




You notice my string is not on the staves center at each end and here is the reason why.



This is where the string lays when it is placed on the center on each end!

But if I move it to the left of the stave I get this.


Much better, so the weighted string is a valuable tool, saving you time and frustation.


Another thing I thought of (probably not the first) when I was trying to lay out my taper from fade to tip. It can be frustrating on a snakey stave, so why not use the staves profile for a crooked straight edge.


I'll put this in my tips/mistakes area.


Laying out a bow on a snakey stave


This blank has found a new home. I have given it to a friend who wants to try his hand at crafting a self bow. I'll help him along and will get some photos along the way.  If I can not get photos of the build I will at least get a photo of the  finished product.


Number 3 came by for a visit, here it is along side the "Whippersnapper".

Number 3 finished out 62 nock to nock and 55# at 28".