I have several black cherry staves that Iím debating if I want to keep messing around trying to get heavy selfbow from, it to cut them into lams to try in glass bows and as cores Iím trilams. Sandwiches in clear glass, how does black cherry do performance wise? Iím a fan of hill style bows, so thatís what I would probably start with. Though Iíve never tried to make a glass bow.
I've used black cherry (some call it wild cherry) as lams in glass bows. It works great and is quite underrated in my opinion. I've used both air dried cherry from trees I cut, and kiln dried store bought boards. I found some nice figured/waterfall cherry boards at the hardwood store last time I was there.
I tried several selfbows with split staves from trees I cut, varying the design each time they failed, and finally flattened their backs and backed them with hickory(no glass). The hickory was just 1/16" thick. The one I still have here is 1 5/8" wide, radiused belly, 68" ntn, 58# @ 28" and still shows overall reflex. It's light as a feather in the hand and has good cast. A lively bow. I'd use it as the center lam in a trilam, but I doubt I'll ever us it again for belly wood. I love it in glass bows though.
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