Elm Bow

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.

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