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Jen Hau Yang




Location: thailand
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PostPosted: Sat 13 Oct, 2007 6:58 am    Post subject: Maple as a bow wood         Reply with quote

Hey
I heard from somewhere about red maple being used as a bow wood. I am fully aware that yew, osage orange, and degame/lemonwood/lancewood are the most ideal woods for making a bow, but just how ideal is red maple as a bow wood?
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Ken Nelson




Location: central Wisconsin, USA
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PostPosted: Sat 13 Oct, 2007 6:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Red maple works fine for a flatbow, not a welsh style longbow. a flatbow 2" wide near the handle, will have a pull weight similar to the density of the wood. if you are looking for a common hardwood for a bow, I would suggest Hickory. I have made a 62lb bow from Hickory and it shot very nicely. I would also suggest backing a bow made from maple, either with sinew, linen, or a harder wood such as hickory, osage, or lemonwood.
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Curt Cummins




Location: Portland, OR
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PostPosted: Sun 14 Oct, 2007 7:53 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Bamboo or heavy silk cloth might be easier to get in Thailand than hickory or bodark wood. Either will make a first rate backing for your bow. Good Luck.

Curt

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Joseph Buchholz




Location: Colorado
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PostPosted: Fri 19 Oct, 2007 10:43 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

if you are going to be making bows you really need to check out The Traditional Bowyers Bible its a three volume set that you could get from your local library. The first volume has an explanation on alot of different types of wood you can use for your bow. I also agree on the flatbow for Red Maple.
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Josh E





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PostPosted: Sun 11 Nov, 2007 12:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

i recently purchased that series of books and they are a treasure trove of information.
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