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Jason Jelinek
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I've made fiberglass laminated longbows before, all with a rigid handle section with fade-outs. They have worked well. I've also made many all-wood bows and really enjoy shooting English longbows. I want the consistency and durability of a fiberglass longbow.

I took a break from making bows in 2006, I decided to get back into the saddle and make a couple.

I had a co-worker cut me a single board of hickory 1" wide, 5/8" thick in the middle for 4" then tapered to 1/4" at each end. I then split a 2" wide, 0.04" thick fiberglass lamination in half and glued it on the back and belly with G2 epoxy using bicycle inner tube on a straight form. Then added tigerwood overlays.

The bow turned out 70# @ 28" with 3/4" of set.

Here's the bow braced up:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Cx3HFIFiA6RehTMq2

Here's the wood core drawing:
https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1E96lHipI8Mmbt9O4QLsKW5M1FkuFwGyHCZ5mrJyEI5s/edit?usp=sharing

Here's the link to my google album:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Y9q0mX0aLNJ1xMxZ2

I'll add more pictures as the bow progresses.

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Shredd
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That looks Purty Good...
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Mad Max
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cool

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choochoou
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Nice !

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Wolftrail
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Been there dun that. If she holds together my hats off to you, on a long note it looks great.
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Jason Jelinek
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Wolftrail, did your attempts fail? Is so, why do you think so?

I used a hickory board that has really good straight grain, though I haven't shot it yet.

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mikkekeswick
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There is no reason for it to fail? If normal methods were used glass bows are next to indestructible.
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