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    longbow maintenance

    Hi,

    I have been using my longbow for several months now and I am after advice on maintenance, specifically whether I should oil the limbs with Linseed Oil or Danish oil for example.

    Unfortunately there is only one other member in our club who occasionally uses the longbow for fun and they do not appear to treat the bow. We both thought linseed my be a good option, but would rather take advise on this first.

    If you have any other tips please feel free to advise.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Hi Mutley, I use a bees-wax based polish (as recommended by Bickerstaffe). The one I use is Coloron- from B&Q's etc. This seems to work very well and protects the bow from moisture- I do this about once a month or so. Is your bow varnished? If so, Danish or linseed oil won't be any good as it need to get through to the wood to be effective and the varnish would prevent this (unlees anyone tells me o/w).
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    I use beeswax polish, make your own with beeswax and turps or by a comercial on ..Sainburies even stock a beeswax balm furniture polish which is excellent.
    I don't like high gloss finishes, beeswax is nice and subtle.
    Personally I wouldn't use linseed oil, I feel it may penetrate too deeply and can stay a bit wet....if you want to use linseed oil, maybe try boiled linseed oil, I have used it on the Yew antlers of a Deer scupture.
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    Thanks for the info.

    No the bow is not varnished, so i'll taje the advice. Beeswax it is.

    Hope to get a Bickerstaffe in the future when I have a bit more experince.

    Thanks, Tim.

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    Mutley ... beeswax is the way to go
    If you have any local bee keepers in you area, give them a call and ask if they have any raw wax. I penetrates wood really well and polishes to a rich luster finish.
    good luck
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    I am sure I remember reading a plea by Carol Edwards somewhere for people not to use linseed oil as it makes the bows impossible to mend and means they lose cast
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