Friday, April 22, 2011

Making a new WARBOW

I've had this stave for awhile and decided to start tillering it along! It boasts a hickory belly, Ipe core, and Bamboo backing. It is 76" long and 1 3/16" wide at the handle. I would like it to end up around #130@32" however anything over #90 would work.
The upper limb is on the right side of the picture (the side with the vent).  Both limbs appear to be stiff from mid-limb to the tips. I'll concentrate scraping there until an even bend is achieved. 

I've been advised to used a shorter tillering string so I'll remedy that right away. That should help give a better idea of how the bow will bend at certain draw lengths.

I'll be making a series of post tracking the progress of this bow so check in periodically to see whats new.  Please don't be shy! Comment!


  1. Looking good! Generally all staves are stiff mid-limb to the tips when starting to tiller. It's just how wood bends.

  2. Thanks Zach! Yeah, I've been told to work from the center to the tips when it comes to english longbows. I've really got my work cut out for me, those limbs and tips are thick and my only tools right now are a pocketknife and a crummy rasp! Haha, thanks for the comment and following, keep checkin in!

  3. I like bows, so I added myself as a follower.

    Grant ~ Arrows of Victory

  4. Thanks Grant! Hope you enjoy it!