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Making The Elm Self-Bow (Read Discription) Part 1

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Uploaded on Oct 7, 2009

I did not intend for this video to be "entertainment", or "educational". I am testing the camera angles for next time when I make lengthy and and real bow-making footage (as well as covering how to make arrows, flint-knapp, and make bowstrings of natural fibers). Anyway, this is just me working an Elm stave I got from a 9" inch thick tree I cut back in June ( I know, I know, I cut it in summer when I usually cut my trees in winter when the sap is low). I split the log with a steel and bone wedge and set the log halves aside to season for a bit, but I did work the wood while semi-green. Im using all kind of fancy tools in this video though, im used to just knives and hatchets. Im working and removing wood from the belly of one of the limbs, and im scraping with a knife at right angles the back of the bow, bringing the growth rings down a bit. This bow, I hope, should be pulling around 55# at 26". I left three rings of sapwood on the back, and the belly is full of heartwood. The stave is 58 inches long, im used to making West Coast style short bows. Anyways, this bow is nearly done (on contrary to the thick upper limb). I have been working on it for 6 days, but arrows will take me a good 2 weeks, and the bowstring will take time as well.

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