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Looks like you might be a mountain biking fan.

Riding trails is about the only thing as much fun as archery, IMHO.

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I do a fare amount of mountain biking but mostly ride my dirtbikes. Trail riding is a lot of fun on both of them though.
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Decided to try my hand at using steam to get some of the twist out.
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Is it possible to ruin the wood if you steam it for too long?

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Starting to bend a good bit. I'm thinking one more time with the heat to try to get rid of the last bit of twist and it should be ready for tillering.

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I need some help guys. I removed the thick tips and built a form to make a D/R bow and not sure if my beginner eyes can see proper tiller with the extra curves added in. Thoughts? I see a stiff spot on the far right just before the reflex and a weak spot just inside of that. Middle to outer of left limb before the reflex still looks a tad stiff as well to me. I'm wanting the left limb to be the bottom limb of the bow if possible.

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when did you cut the wood? how dry is it? The bend looks pretty good but if the wood is still wet, bending it is not good.
Looks like a molly.

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Cut it a month or so ago and immediately shaped it and steamed probaly 3/4s of the total length to try to straighten it out. I read that after steaming wood the remaining moisture is driven out pretty quickly. Wish I had a moisture meter to know for sure but it feels very dry compared to the other staves from the same tree that I haven't touched yet.

What's a molly?

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Molly is our slang for a molligabet (not sure how to spell it) which is a bow with a wide thin bending section and narrow thick tips that act as levers.
I'd say your wood is still too moist to be bending it right now.

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I didn't know that steam would aide in the drying process. I look forward to more input on this I know some ppl will wait for like a week after steaming for moisture content to equalize before going on with the tillering process. I'm not that patient though.
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"I'd say your wood is still too moist to be bending it right now"

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can you weight it, keep it inside with the A/C
and weigh it in a week.

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No central a/c here in Okinawa and 100% humidity is very common so we have 3 small dehumidifier in our house. I've had the bow in the utility room with one of the dehumidifiers for weeks so I'm sure that has helped. Wish I had a scale accurate enough to weigh the bow.
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It has to be dry.

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What is dry? It's at 13% moisture according to the little handheld moisture meter I got
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give it 2 or 3 more days with the dehumidifier and check it again.

I would bring it back in the house when you are not working on it.

Good luck with it.
I looks great.

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Thanks for the input and humoring all my questions. I did some reading on moisture content and it seems like areas with high relative humidity(over 60%) you can work with wood that is in the 11-13% range but if you are in a dry climate(below 30% humidity) you want the wood to be closer to 5-7%.

Already started working one on of the other staves while I let this one sit for a few more days. Man this is fun!

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