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    • DiGi
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      What are the top 10 tools a beginning bowyer needs to start out with? Also, where would one obtain these tools?

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      Selfbow Tools

      Hatchet
      Drawknife
      rough 4 way rasp
      fine 4 way rasp
      cabinet scrapers
      1/8″ chainsaw file
      sandpaper 80 – 120 grit
      tillering board and string
      leather hole punchers
      a good whittling knife

      The guys making laminated bows probably will list some different tools.

    • George Tsoukalas
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      Digi, there are buildalongs on my site. I like Duncan’s list. I’ve always uses a surform. I used to use an old meat cleaver as a scraper. Jawge
      http://georgeandjoni.home.comcast.net/~georgeandjoni/

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      George,
      I have the surform too but I always seem to grab the 4 way for some reason. Also I should have mentioned the spoke shave too. I have a Stanley but mt favorite is one I got at an antique shop. The steel in that one only responds to the stone for sharpening. It is a little harder than most blades.

      Duncan

    • George Tsoukalas
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      Duncan, the 4 way is a good tool and I use it for shaping nocks. I like the surform. It is an aggressive tool so I check tiller frequently. I also use a farriers rasp but don’t really like it. Soon after I string the bow I use a scraper like tool which for me is a Swedish drawknife held at an angle to the stave. That makes for less sanding and nick removal later on. Once I string it I am in no hurry. Jawge

    • Clay Hayes
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      Duncan’s list is as good as it gets. I use a hatchet and draw knife for about 90% of the work. Once it’s bending I move on to the scraper. I mostly use the rasp (farriers) for shaping the profile, handle, etc.

      ch

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      DiGi wrote: What are the top 10 tools a beginning bowyer needs to start out with? Also, where would one obtain these tools?

      I got most of mine in hardware stores but you can often find good deals at flea markets and junk shops. Might just need cleaning and a good sharpening.

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