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Offline Keith Wolfe

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Hickory backed pecan build
« on: March 10, 2019, 02:32:53 PM »
This is a rebuild for a friend that had my first limb failure in a long time. That was un-backed hickory with walnut handle. I think I crowned the belly too much. This time I'm doing hickory backed pecan. I got three backing strips and this was the best one but it has heart wood and sap wood. To match the backing strip better the handle blanks are made of layers of contrasting hickory and pecan that have lots of character. I made a miniature of the belly half of the handle to see how the layers would look before i glue the handle on and i think it's going to be pretty cool. The backing strip is glued on but i still have to thin it to 1/8th inch. I still have to draw the limb thickness on the side of the bow once i get the backing strip to proper thickness. Then i can glue on the handle and really make some progress on the bandsaw and belt sander.






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Re: Hickory backed pecan build
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2019, 10:13:35 PM »
i am open to correction on this, but based on what i have read- is pecan not deemed to be similar in properties to hickory?
i have never used pecan before- but built a few hickory and HBH bows.
others will offer their opinions soon i bet!

if it is to be treated like hickory- being that it is stronger in tension than in compression, personally, i would not be "radiusing" or crowning  the belly, i would be building it wider, maybe trap the back- and toast the belly.
i think if one wants to build a crowned belly on a bow- and i do agree they do like quite spiffy, i would use a wood on the belly more suitable for that- but would still trap the back- to try and help equalize the forces at play.
just my thoughts  ;)

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Re: Hickory backed pecan build
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2019, 10:26:38 PM »
Pecan IS a species of Hickory.  Both are the Latin genus Carya.  Pecan is Carya illinoinensis and is native to northern Mexico and the southern US.
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Offline Keith Wolfe

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Re: Hickory backed pecan build
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2019, 10:53:29 PM »
I agree!!! After the failure deffinitely not crowning belly. On the first one it wasn't crowned per say but I was close on draw weight and got to desired weight by rounding belly corners more....definitely much more than the back. It really sent me back to school and created self doubt so in my extensive post mortem,  I believe this was a big problem. I may not "trap" but instead just do the opposite and do more rounding on the back

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