Swiss Yew Longbow

PLEASE HELP TO FUND ARCHERY INTERCHANGE

Skyfox

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Was lucky to have received some yew saplings or branches. 4 to 6 cm diameter. As I trained on various and funnily bent wood pieces like ash, hazel, willow and fir, I really fell in love with working with yew. With 37,2# at 29" this became my first selfmade bow over 30# which has been my target weight for a long time😅. The length is 74,8" (190 cm).
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More pics to follow...
 

Del the Cat

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Well done... it's surprising what a relatively skinny bit of Yew will do. Hopefully you'll be able to find some bigger stuff to work with.
Del
 

Skyfox

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Thanks Del for the kind comment! With a little bit of will, one can make a bow out of any kind of wood. Some will be rather week but they still work for a beginner. Worse wood will develop chrysals, but even that won't destroy a bow. One of my experimental hazelwood bows has frets all over the belly and real cracks from too much heat bending. But it still lives and I continue to give it an extra hard time, just to see what a weak bit of wood can take.
Yew on the other hand is just cool to work with. No chrysals at all and not much set/string follow. It wasn't straight from the beginning, and the slight 'S'-shape kept me from heat bending it.
From top:
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The side:
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One of the tips:
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Skyfox

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The measurements of this bow are:
Width in cm:
Middle 3.1, tip shoulder 2.1, tip 1.0
Thickness in cm:
Middle 2.7, tip shoulder 1.6, tip 1.4

From middle to tip shoulder the width and thickness gradually reduce, give or take a bit due to the shape of the stave itself.

The set is now a 1 finger wide gap below the middle of the handle with the tips on a level surface, after some 3D parcours and many an arrow in training sessions.
 

Skyfox

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So, the next work is in progress. Another yew branch, but much harder and very bent.
As I have to heat bend it I don't target a high draw weight, and it is also not that long.
 

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Skyfox

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And here how it looks a little straighter. Measurements will follow when they become clearer...😁
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Skyfox

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Finally, it is almost finished. Brace height is reached, the string made, the arrows shoot nicely, but the draw weight came down to about 19#-ish. This was the toughest bow to make so far for me because of many knots and a very curvy stave.
 

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