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    English Yew Stave

    Last week a good friend gave me this log. I have stripped it and split it and now it needs to dry. I hope to get 2 bows out of it (one each) I'm going to back it with hickory.
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    It looks good ,are there many knots which may cause problems?

    Best wishes, Mark

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    jb, your wood is impressive!!

    can't wait to see the finished product!

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    That looks excellent JB, how long will you be leaving it to season? That'll be the one Gav gave you then (he was very impressed with your military arras!)?

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Huffy- Yes, there are two flipin' great brances at the far end, but I have split it so that one stave mostly misses them which should give me about 82" to play with. While the other is about 66" to the two branches. Fortunately the friend who gave me the log shoots a bow of around 68" nock to nock, so I hope to get his bow out of this piece. I'll try and take a couple of pic's of these branches to show you what I mean.

    Leigh- Thank you...

    Dave- Yep this is the log from Gavin and I reckon it's gonna need at least 8 months, but probably a bit longer to dry out.
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    Hi J! Hope it works out for you fine! I'm sure you will craft a real beauty from it!

    Gav

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    dont wanna be the one to tell you this jb, but yew really should have the bark left on while its seasoning, otherwise the moisture will escape too quickly and the stave is likely to check. I would suggest maybe leaving it to dry somewhere cool, like an unheated garage or under a bench in a shed where its not going to get too much sun. It will take a lot longer to season, but it's better than ruining a nice stave!!!! best of luck with the bow!!!!!
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    Nice one John! What ring count has it got? A tasty bit of English yew produces a very tasty bow, saw a Al shooting his the other week, very nice indeed. Goes to show that English yew can be good if it's the right piece and I'll look foward to this one mate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimreaper View Post
    dont wanna be the one to tell you this jb, but yew really should have the bark left on while its seasoning, otherwise the moisture will escape too quickly and the stave is likely to check. I would suggest maybe leaving it to dry somewhere cool, like an unheated garage or under a bench in a shed where its not going to get too much sun. It will take a lot longer to season, but it's better than ruining a nice stave!!!! best of luck with the bow!!!!!
    Just noticed that. Hope it's all ok.

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    Here's a quick one of "Old Rosie", my John Marshall English self yew warbow...I haven't properly shot this one yet, due to lack of free time...




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    Very nice Gav, I really like that one. Do you know whether John chased a growth ring along the length of the bow? How's your elbow holding up?

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    Cheers Dave,
    I think John made a selection of bows when he made this one, but I'll ask him the next time I see him. The elbow is fine thanks (at the moment, until it goes crunch again?)

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    Yew Staves

    I'd paint the ends of the split logs with some old emulsion (or whatever) just to help slow the drying of the nds and to minimise splitting. Slowly rough it out with an axe too, every few months or so take a whisker off the width, as the more timber you remove the less it will split (I'm not saying make the bow with unseasoned wood).
    Not sure why you'd want to back Yew with Hickory? Unless maybe the sap wood has rotted or is damaged?
    Del




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