Going to give it a try....

Discussion in 'Traditional Archery' started by BrewMo, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. BrewMo

    BrewMo Active Member

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    Sep 25, 2012
    Jeff Co.
    So, a friend gave me this hickory stave last summer. I think Im about ready to give it a try. This will be my first attempt so wish me luck... My first step will be removing the bark. It has some interesting twists..
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  2. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    Ut Oh....:eek:

    No stopping now!
     
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  3. sharps4590

    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    Northern Ozarks
    Time to start chasing a ring!!
     
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  4. BrewMo

    BrewMo Active Member

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    Sep 25, 2012
    Jeff Co.
    Im going to pick up a draw knife tomorrow but I keep reading about cabinet scrapers. I guess I have never seen one?
     
  5. sharps4590

    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    Northern Ozarks
    Might pick up a spokeshave as well.
     
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  6. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    You can use the draw knife as a scraper. Just turn it around on its edge (bevel away from you) or use a big knife that you can grip with both hands and drag it to you on its edge scraping off a small shaving at a time. Go SLOW because once you remove the wood you can't put it back. Don't ask how I know this. :rolleyes:
     
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  7. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    For helpful tips on making selfbows I like to watch Clay Hayes on youtube.

    Here is a video he put together on the needed tools to making a selfbow with any type of wood.

     
  8. BrewMo

    BrewMo Active Member

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    Sep 25, 2012
    Jeff Co.
    I found a little time to work on the stave. Just removing bark and smashing some rock too... 20180222_174351.jpg
     
  9. Wings Fan 19

    Wings Fan 19 Well-Known Member

    Dec 4, 2008
    Kansas City, MO.
    Card scrapers are used for fine finish work. Rolling a burr one one takes a bit to master, but they leave a glass like surface when you get the hang.
    Draw knives are more of a grip it and rip it tool.
    I don't build bows but I know a bit about primitive woodworking tools.
     
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  10. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    Any updates on your progress?

    I see you have a few knotts to play with.
     
  11. BrewMo

    BrewMo Active Member

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    Sep 25, 2012
    Jeff Co.
    I haven' touched it since thursday..
     
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  12. BrewMo

    BrewMo Active Member

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    Sep 25, 2012
    Jeff Co.
    Slowly but surely scraping off the cambium layer. 20180228_172452.jpg 20180228_175639.jpg
     
  13. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    Looking good! Did you make your shaving horse? I should make one for myself. Makes work a lot easier.
     
  14. BrewMo

    BrewMo Active Member

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    Sep 25, 2012
    Jeff Co.
    My dad made it out of some scrap lumber... I need to put a seat on it. I plan to clean a little more from around the knots and Then try to figure out how to layout the bow.
     
  15. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    20180228_121614.jpg YouTube is your friend.

    Started on my first hedge selfbow yesterday. Haven't figured if its best to chase a ring or follow one?