The Art of Making Selfbows

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AuthorHouse, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 192 pages
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This book is meant to be understandable and fun to use. The topics range from the beginnings to the end -- cutting and curing wood through building a selfbow of almost any type and finishing it. Selfbows are wooden bows with no laminations in the limbs. Both beginners and advanced bowyers should find the book useable and worthwhile. There are detailed descriptions and directions thoughout, supported by over 200 individual color illustrations. Beside the usual how-to directions, there are sections on heat-bending, spllicing billets, shaping handles, and treating problems like knots, cracks, etc. Several unusual topics are addressed, such as suggestions on how to make a bow only a few measurements, reduce handshock, eliminate stack, stabilize arrow flight, shoot where you look, and increase arrow speed.
 

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Contents

WHY MAKE A SELFBOW?
4
CHOOSING A BOW DESIGN POUNDAGE AND WOOD
16
SELECTING CUTTING SPLITTING AND CURING WOOD
31
CUTTING WOOD
37
HEATBENDING CURED OSAGE
44
MAKING A BOW BLANK
52
Check for bugs
58
Trace the outline
64
the importance of EDGES Look at Figure 78D and 82B
81
Keep your bow strong
94
Adding nock overlays
100
the Jim Hamm technique
106
Balancing the feeling of the bow when you draw
117
TUNING FOR STABLE ARROWS
127
IMPROVING ARROW SPEED
145
BOWSTRINGS
153

PREPARING THE BOW BLANK FOR TILLERING
75

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