Two of the smoothest bows I ever owned were Brackenbury Quests. One had vertically laminated wenge cores and the other vertically laminated walnut cores. All of my Schafers are actionwood cores and are smooth as silk.
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I've found elm (red elm as well as American elm) is the best in performance and durability, followed closely by walnut. On one of the things about bamboo is the limbs have to be thicker than limbs with wood cores. It still makes for good limbs if you don't mind the extra thickness, most people don't.
The other ones you mentioned are pretty much equal.
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I like most of the woods listed. Some I like better for short bows, some I like better for longer bows. I do think its more about design and build. Danny, Its funny you mention the laminated hardwoods. I just carried a literal ton of wood into the shop, and I am trying to decide how I am going to use some of it. A vertical lamination panel was talked about. We'll see
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Red Elm. Had a Dan Quillian Canebrake that has a reputation of being fast and smooth. Search/Google it and those characteristics will be prevalent. Sure, it was the result of his design but he could have used any wood and chose Red Elm to complement the design.
I have had two of the same identical bows. One was made with maple and the other with a bamboo core. The only difference, I thought the maple was quieter.
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There is so much variation in cell structure within the same species of wood it's almost impossible to give a definitive answer on this.I personally love Yew but have processed multiple sets of core lamination's in the same thickness from different boards and they will all weigh very different. Having said that,on average raw bamboo(not actionboo) and yew seem to consistently weigh less than any other woods I've used,less mass equals a faster limb. I doubt the difference in core woods will translate to more than a few ft/sec between them all with limb design being more of an influence on speed. Foam gives you the most consistent results in my experience.
I'm a curious sort. I'm in the group that feels design trumps material.
What I am interested in is: material vs material at equal design.
I like hard facts to make decisions.
Are there any bowyer's or individuals who have chronographed SIMILAR design bows (same design, draw weight, same amo, same arrow etc), HAVING DIFFERENT LIMB MATERIAL ( ie bamboo vs elm vs maple vs "limb material of choice")?
Real chrono data requested. Anyone?
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