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shootinwithJesus
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Hello! Read a lot on the forum here but rarely ever post. Ordered tools and a Hickory Stave from Raptor Archery that will be here this coming Monday. This will be my first ever attempt at building a bow of any kind. Would like to create this post in order to have access to the knowledge you guys have. For now, any tips for a beginner? I have numerous custom bows, so I have a good vision of what I would like my ultimate finished product to be. Any basic guidance before I get started? Thanks in advance.

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Be sure it's good and dry, 2" @ fades tapering to tips & go slow on tillering or experience string set.
Just my two cents, others with more experience using hickory should chime in.....

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LittleBen
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Osage tree has good advice.

My other advice: for your first bow:
Make it wide, make it long, make a simple longbow, go slow.

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2x what both said. take and post pics as you go. They really help us help you.

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Will definitely post photos along the way. Materials will be in tomorrow. Thanks guys!

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Pat B
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I'd give the hickory stave a week of two to acclimatize to your area's R/H before jumping into it.

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You will need some kind of drying box if working hickory in NC. Trust me on this. Hickory has to be at least 6% moisture or it will take set and be sluggish. I'm in pa and work a lot of hickory. I use a moisture meter every day on my stuff and I also keep it in the drying box until it's sealed up. But hickory is a good Wood and forgiving of minor flaws. Take your time and you will get a bow that shoots
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Osagetree.
When you say take your time on tillering to avoid string follow.
What does,that mean exactly?

By taking time is it to remove a little wood exercise then wait a day.
In Other words once tillering is started,it should not be finished in a day?
Thanks

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I'm no longer in NC the military has moved me to Hawaii since. I assume that will make it even more of a challenge given the humidity?

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quote:
Originally posted by macbow:
Osagetree.
When you say take your time on tillering to avoid string follow.
What does,that mean exactly?

By taking time is it to remove a little wood exercise then wait a day.
In Other words once tillering is started,it should not be finished in a day?
Thanks

I won't speak for him, but when I second his thoughts I mean don't settle. I other words, tiller carefully. Few scrapes, escercise, check tiller.
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Make a tillering gizmo;

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X'2 on gizmo.
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David Flanrey
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X's 3 on the gizmo.

Also, on the exercise of bow as tillered.

Also, don't try to make it too heavy a bow for your first.

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I just want to watch you build it. SO lets get started. [bigsmyl]
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Haha. It arrives today (Hawaii time) Kelly! I'm as stoked as you. Nervous, but stoked.

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