Last August I cut a wild seeded pear and split out some staves. I also took one stave and roughed out a bow blank.
I let this blank slow dry for a few months and then hung it at the ceiling above my wood stove to finish. This week I made a bow from it.
Its 63" NTN 52# @ 27" with Kingwood tip overlays and a JD style wrap handel.
I stained the bright white of the wood with a red/brown water based stain and put a couple coats of shellac to seal it. The back is the cambium layer with mottled camo appearance. The wood is very fine grained and unbelievably light. Shoots with plenty of zip.
Here's about 26" of draw - its hard to do full draw with the camera timer but you can see the tiller.
Its now drying with the first of several coats of Tru-oil.
Very nice, tiller looks great. How wide is it?
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That is a bow to be proud of. I've a wild grown pear in the side yard that needs consideration, too. Dean, having been raise on an orchard there are certain woods that can work well and other fruit trees that are just too brittle. Peach would not be a good choice but many apple varieties should make a fine bow. Man of the many ten's of thousands of limbs I've cut over the years that would have made great arrow launchers.
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Pat, fruiting frost pear wild seeded, I think it might be called Keifer variety. Large tree with pears that are hard till after the first frost.
sulfer, not much experienced with other white woods, but it is quick and very light.
Pear is very fine grained and stable. It would not form with dry heat, I tired on the cull before tillering. It has been used for fine measuring tools like architect's rulers for a long time. Very nice to work.
Pat, in spite of not being able to induce backset before tillering, the bow holds at about 1/2" string follow which is right where I like them for shooting. Don't think the trade off for another few feet per second would be worth it.
Very cool, Shaun! I love seeing bows from "other" white woods. I would like to see a front profile and please give the dimensions. It looks like a narrow elb type to me? Terry
Posts: 741 | From: Bella Vista Arkansas | Registered: Aug 2005
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Bow limbs are fairly standard flat bow = 1 3/8" wide from fades to about mid limb and then tapering to 5/8" tips (soft light wood requires wider tips than osage). It tapers evenly in thickness from about 5/8" at fades to 3/8" at tips.
Joe, I had a good time and that was one nice straight tree we found. Forgot to advise you to spray some bug stuff on the bark for the staves you were going to hang in the rafters as well as the end sealing we talked about.