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    Help please with NZ wood for bow.

    Hey Guys - my son has been making bows himself and now wants to improve them into something suitable for a little hunting. Like any young fella he has watched lots on youtube and picked up some good information. But any advice especially for NZ would be appreciated.
    - What timbers native or other timbers make good bow staves ? He has heard Lance wood is ok and currently has a piece drying in his room. He wants to try few different species ?
    - How long do we need to season it for ?
    - And do we simply season with bark on and just let it dry ?

    Cheers

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    What diameter is the lancewood? It has a tendency to split during drying.

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    It's about 3.5 inches diameter and about 10 feet long. How long do you reckon it will take to dry, he is pretty impatient like all young fella's.

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    What diameter is the lancewood? It has a tendency to split during drying.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMANpElhULs - good video from Josh James on making his own bows
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    I don't know how it would go in a bow stave, but it does (suprisingly, at least to me, but apparently not to Maori who used it extensively for walking sticks) make a superb springy and tough walking stick - Kowhai
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pengy View Post
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    Yew was that good for bow making compared to other species, that the introduction of firearms to Western Europe basically saved it.
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    Bamboos.
    But I am not sure we grow them big enough in nz for descent bow construction.

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    This is a French documentary on bow making. Just watch to see what is involved.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qN-ghlfo9vE

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    What about heavy schedule PVC pipe? No seasoning required.
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    There I'd guy in hamilton making them in pvc and selling them on trade me I think?

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    I heard privet is pretty good for making bows. Have a google and you will probably find the same info I did. No first hand experience on this though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete_D View Post
    Hey Guys - my son has been making bows himself and now wants to improve them into something suitable for a little hunting. Like any young fella he has watched lots on youtube and picked up some good information. But any advice especially for NZ would be appreciated.
    - What timbers native or other timbers make good bow staves ? He has heard Lance wood is ok and currently has a piece drying in his room. He wants to try few different species ?
    - How long do we need to season it for ?
    - And do we simply season with bark on and just let it dry ?

    Cheers
    Most milled timber will dry at 1 inch per month. With a 'bark on round' a guess would be to double that. If your son wants to make a primitive style but very fast bow he could try a long branch from a Macrocarpa. If you take one of those whippy branches from the bottom of a spreading tree especially one that the cows have been using as a back scratcher he will be surprised at how good it is. Better than Lancewood IMO. With a bit of suitable cord on the back of the bow like a sinew bow and a binding it will rocknroll
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    Rule of thumb for drying properly stacked and stickered rough sawn timber was always 1" of thickness per year. Obviously there are many variables that influence the actual drying time including species, initial moisture content, ambient temperature and humidity, ...
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