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BMorv
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If I would have used ipe for the riser you wouldn't be able to tell where it started. That was one of my 1st bows, and it could have transitioned even better than that. The oak is feathered to the ipe.

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John Malone
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Thanks Bmorv, that's a nice one. So you guys are referring more to the angle of the transition into the limb when you say feather it in? It appears to end in the same place the flare ends. It gets thinner in relation to the flare getting wider. I like the way it has a smooth flow to it. Id like my next one to look more like that.

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BMorv
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Take a look at Kennym's bow build post a few down from this one if you haven't already. Although I don't build glass bows, you can learn a lot from those guys especially riser design. See the pic of his riser after he marked out the thickness 1 and 2 inches from the ends. That riser has been feathered to a feather edge. You wouldn't be able to tell where the riser ends and the board or lam starts.
I'm referring to thickness feathering btw.

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John Malone
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Gotcha, if I'm making furniture I can feather a 45 degree angle. Ill check out Kenny again.

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Pat B
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This is where my handle is now. Even though it's far from finished you can see how the riser is feathered. As I'm tillering the limb I work with a rasp and scraper from up on the fade so I get a nice transition.
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JamesV
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I have used a lot of poplar for lams in kid's glass bows with good results. Cheap and easy to find good poplar lumber.

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The nice green color makes veneers. Think it will turn brown after awhile though. I used it as core along with Aboo in one bow and as far as I know still shooting well.

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John Malone
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Yes unfortunately ive never seen the green color stay permanently. It turns brown with age no matter what you finish it with.

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Pat B
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The green colored poplar is the heart wood. It is more brittle than the sapwood. I have arrows made from poplar and the sapwood makes the better shafts.

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John Malone
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Thanks Pat I was wondering about that.

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