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YosemiteSam
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Going to try to get some pictures up here.

Thanks again, mwosborn, for the ash stave. This was my first bow from a stave, first use of a draw knife and my first parallel-limb (non-pyramid) design. It was also my first attempt at heat bending & heat treating. So lots of firsts and, of course, plenty of trial and error.

Here is the original stave (top):
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Side profile:
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And here is the (mostly) finished bow
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The bow finished out 65" NTN after taking it down a few inches from the intended length. It only pulls 30# at 28" so it's going to be a backyard bow. But, over the weekend, I took my last board bow to a 3D shoot and it raised a splinter. So this one came in just in time to replace that one for backyard fun.

Since I did so little scraping on the first half of the limbs (near the fades) after floor tillering, I think that is where I took too much off. Most all my tillering time was on the last half or third of the limbs. Lesson learned: be more conservative on the floor tillering stage.

It still has a sideways crook, even after I steamed the handle a couple of times. Here's a shot of it after roughing out.
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But since the string is off to one side a little and I cut a shelf in, it's almost centershot. I shot a mixed group of 11/32" 50# spine and 5/16" 35# spine shafts and they all group together at 20 yards (low shots were me drawing a bit short).
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I wanted to experiment with a gray stain since the places I hunt have a lot of weathered wood on the ground. I may do that again next time.

I'll put a little felt on the shelf, add a leather strike plate and finish it with some beeswax later in the week.

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Yellowwood
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Congrats ! On your first stave ,watch out they get addicting !
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BMorv
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Nice job! Full draw pics?

The biggest advancement I've made in building bows is making sure I get the thickness taper nailed down at floor tiller. It makes the rest of tillering so much simpler. If you mess up there, the rest of your tillering will be a headache.

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Roy from Pa
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Nice, congrats.
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mwosborn
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Nice Job! It is not uncommon for the first one (or few) to come in lighter than you want. It is definitely a process to learn...I am still learning it! [Smile]

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Pat B
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Congrats on your first. Now get started on the next one.

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George Tsoukalas
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Congratulations on your first stave bow. Jawge
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