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Longbow by Nimpsu Longbow by Nimpsu
A medieval ash longbow with black finish.
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CosmoMaker Apr 26, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I'm making a longbow! post photos soon! really like this! that wood is?
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Nimpsu Jun 5, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Yes, It's ash.
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FallowpenStock 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.
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Nimpsu Feb 5, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Thank you so much :)
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Whats the draw weight?
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Nimpsu Feb 25, 2011  Student Interface Designer
About 25lb (12kg)
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IceniFaoiltiarna Dec 21, 2008
did you make it?
i'm trying to make my own longbow out of hickory. any advice?
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Nimpsu 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.
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IceniFaoiltiarna 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.
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Nimpsu 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 :)
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