Well I broke my bow early this morning hunting and I have decided to make a new bow I was thinking of Hickory or maybe a yew bow. I would like to back it with maple or sinew or maybe laminate it. I think I will make this one with recurve tips. Wanted to know what the board thinks. Any Ideas?
Ok, here is what I was thinking (for what its worth;-).
If I had both wood available I would make a 66-68″ Møllegabet bow of the Hickory stave (these have pronounce thin, stiff outer limbs and wide inner limbs and stiff handle).
Yew is wonderfull for all designs (imo), but makes especially beautifull recurve/reflex bows, so a bend though the handle design with slightly recurved tips. You can make this shorter…60-64″. The width of the bow will be dictated by the quality of the yew available.