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Longbow by Nimpsu Longbow by Nimpsu
A medieval ash longbow with black finish.
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EndlessPoetry Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a lovely bow, but, I think the brace height is a bit too high.
CosmoMaker Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm making a longbow! post photos soon! really like this! that wood is?
Nimpsu Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Yes, It's ash.
FallowpenStock Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful form an colour. One day I'll have a bow like this, and that will be a very good day indeed. It's fantastic that you have the skills to make them yourself.
Nimpsu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Thank you so much :)
Daratum Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Whats the draw weight?
Nimpsu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Interface Designer
About 25lb (12kg)
IceniFaoiltiarna Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
did you make it?
i'm trying to make my own longbow out of hickory. any advice?
Nimpsu Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Student Interface Designer
Yes, I made it. Well, I don't know. I've made just two bows so far so I wouldn't consider myself an expert. It's good to measure the moisture of the wood before starting to work on it. I tried to make a long bow out of yatoba wood and after many hours of work it blew to pieces as I was bending it. After that I measured the moisture of the wood and it was completely dry. So it's best to check these things before starting the project. Especially if you don't know in what kind of conditions the wood has been stored.
IceniFaoiltiarna Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
i'm not familiar with yatobo wood. i have a 4 foot hickory sapling i'm working on right now. its not as big as a long bow should be but i am going to make it look like one.. only smaller.

so far the moisture in the wood is pretty decent. its easy to work with anyway and when i start to bend it (after i've finished carving) i'll add some more with some heat.

someone told me that making a bow is dangerous stuff, that it could snap while in use and hurt the archer. have you any experience in that area?
how well does your bow work? i'm trying to gather as much knowledge and experience as i possibly can.
Nimpsu Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Student Interface Designer
I know people who are far more into medieval/historical archery than me and I've never heard that anybody would have hurt them selves from a broken bow. The only accident I've heard of, that has happened to a person I know, is that he had an arrow that was shorter than what he was used to and as he stretched the bow the arrows tip went behind his hand and then as he released the arrow, it shot right into his hand. But that's kind of an extreme case and can be avoided by paying attention a bit more :)
IceniFaoiltiarna Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
that would be more concerning than the bow snapping in half, quite right!

thank you for the info on that. i appreciate it!
Caffienated Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
nicem there was a guy in my archery club and he had that type of black finish, he said he got the idea from a book
CanLocaRide Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
Simple but beautiful. Very nice.
miringel Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
thats a nice looking bow you got there!! whats the drawweight?
Nimpsu Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Student Interface Designer
Thanks. About 30 pounds.
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