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What does the addition of carbon do to a longbow? Does it increase performance or just increase strength of the bow?
Speed and stability
Maybe Mr. Coffey will correct me here if I’m mistaken, but seems I recall that he considered both carbon and foam cores as fads and no longer uses them in his Java Man bows, except perhaps by special request.
My experience with the bows I have made, is that the minor increase in speed, may not be worth the extra trouble in making the bow quiet. No one has complained about lack of speed without carbon.
Since the only advantage is speed, and speed is not everything. I prefer not to work with carbon at this time.
That’s my opinion, and should not be considered as hard fact with other bowyer’s products.