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mrbxzzz
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I have always used i simple board with nails as a tiller tree, thinking i should switch to pulley as I start to use more exotic staves.

Does leaving a wood board bow drawn on a tiller tree cause any damage to the belly of the bow ie induce set, reduce cast, etc.

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Pulling it a few inches at low weight probably doesn't hurt anything. But IMO the further it is pulled under greater weight and the longer it is held, the more damage done.

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quote:
Originally posted by mwosborn:
Pulling it a few inches at low weight probably doesn't hurt anything. But IMO the further it is pulled under greater weight and the longer it is held, the more damage done.

yep

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Yep

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Yes, sir.
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Roy from Pa
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So how long is too long to hold a wooden bow drawn on the tree? And how much weight might a bow lose if held drawn that long?
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I shoot all my bows with a pretty long hold at anchor, maybe 1-3seconds typically. I haven't really noticed that doing anything terrible.

I also commonly leave a bow drawn on the tree for long enough to quickly step back and look, then mark the belly side with a pencil where I need to scrape. Maybe 10 seconds.

I try to reduce how much I need to do that, but at the end of the day a well tillered bow will last longer, and you got to do what you got to do to make a well tillered bow.

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I try not to hold any selfbow for longer that 2 or 3 seconds. When I shoot I release as soon as I hit my anchor. If I find myself getting sloppy or short drawing I will hold for a second or 2 before releasing.
Remember wood in a natural material and too much stress can shorten it's life or at least add more set.

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Yeah during tiller it should be quick as others have suggested, but also always have a scale on it and never pull it over the intended draw weight.

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During tillering a bow should be treated like you plan on shooting it. Any more draw weight pulled or unnecessary time held is going to be extra damage to the wood cells
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George Tsoukalas
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I once had the T stick break. The bow gave me a nice bump on my head. I burned the t stick and made a nice portable top and pulley.

Nails driven into a board can work their way out.

Y'all are much braver than I am. I have no desire to get my head near a bow under construction while at full draw.

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Roy from Pa
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Ah come on, Jawge...

Where is your sense of adventure? LOL

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I shoot a video with my camera and pull to full draw.
Then I use Windows live movie maker and get a snap shot at full draw to post for you guy's.

You could do the same at any part of the draw.

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Roy from Pa
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Been 8 hours now.. Lose the camera?
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Look in the sock drawer. [Wink] [dead horse]
Dave.

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