I got some Elm cut in Early spring of 2015, I split it in half and then quartered it, and threw it in the corner of my shop to dry. I could use it for chair parts, but I have been a long time archer and replicated my own pre-Columbian bows and arrows. Although Osage orange or yew are popular for making single piece archer’s bows for stability. I enjoy using materials that I have available locally and even better when the materials are free. This tree was literally going into the dumpster and I saved the canopy for a friend’s fancy indoor cat tree fort and kept the lower trunk for myself.
In this photo above you see the Elm long split in half, a white oak maul or mallet I turned, You also see a hammer I welded, a froe I made myself, one store bought wedge and piece of off cut walnut from another project that looked like a wedge but it didn’t work that well.
I gave it about 10 months before I started cutting into one of the quarters (some suggest letting it dry much longer) I cut away most of the material and left it alone for a another couple of months. I finally stop cutting on it and called finished. You stop cutting when it looks like a bow right?
In the above photo I am using a jig to stretch the bow so i can see where to take material from the upper and lower limbs.
My Elm log was from a young tree and it has a lot of sapwood and I am hoping this will keep it flexible over time. however time will tell. I will keep you posted.