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Offline Sparky

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Yew ELB build along...
« on: January 29, 2005, 04:47:00 PM »
Well, got myself a E-bay Yew half log the other day. Real good buy for the money. I got two decent staves out of it and one marginal stave. Guess I'm gonna attempt a ELB from one of them. I have only made one ELB from ASH, and it didn't make it. Anybody got any good dimensions to compare to. Looking for about 55# @ 29". The stave is 73" long.
  I'm gonna take my time on this one...hope you guys ain't gettin tired of the build-alongs.

 First pics in a little while.

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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2005, 05:03:00 PM »
I don't think I'll ever get tired of buildalongs. Keep 'em coming   :thumbsup:  

I'll be watching this one with interest
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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2005, 05:10:00 PM »
Fantastic!  I love build alongs.

I don't know about yew Sparky but if I had to guess I'd rough cut it to 1 3/8" and 5/8" at the nocks.  Then I'd look to reduce it by 1/8" in width carefully.  On the thickness I'd rough cut it to 1 1/8" down to 5/8".  I expect finished dims to be inside of 1 1/4" x 1" at the handle and inside 1/2" round at the nocks, if you don't pike it.  If you built it proud of 72" and then piked it for the nocks down to 71" or so I bet you could have a hum dinger.  

Any reflex in it?

See if you can get a detailed pic of the rings and sap wood thickness.

Offline Buemaker

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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2005, 05:12:00 PM »
Oh yes, get it going. Those buildalongs are always interesting. Bue--.

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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2005, 05:29:00 PM »
Sparks bud, I have a yew stave that I started last year. Mine is deflexed Throughout.I put it on hold until I get the bug for it.Maybe you'll "spark" me.8^

I'll be watchin!  :saywhat:
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Offline Sparky

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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2005, 05:39:00 PM »
Here's the first round of pics of the half log & stave. I have it backed down cept for sanding smooth. Sapwod is right at 1/4" thick. The wood is perfectly straight. Got some pin's and knots, but think I can miss alot of them in the final profile.

 http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/sparkylongbow/my_photos

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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2005, 05:47:00 PM »
Glad you guys are intrested...I'm gonna need help with this one. I have wanted a Yew ELB for such a long time. I'll get some better pics of the end grain tomorrow.
  Tim...git'er done man...  :bigsmyl:  

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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2005, 06:43:00 PM »
Wooo whooo another buildalong, I'll be watchin for sure Sparky.
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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2005, 06:49:00 PM »
love these build along although you will never see on from me...you guys build them,I'll shoot them... ;)   BLM
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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2005, 09:00:00 PM »
I love them to Sparky. Thanks.Jawge

Offline Dave Bulla

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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2005, 09:05:00 PM »
Hey, that's gonna have a bit of character too aint it.

I'll be watching.
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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2005, 09:32:00 PM »
looking forward to the ride Spark... did you say perfect straight:) maybe grain wise but it sure is gonna have some woopteedos:) Are you gonna leave the sapwood 1/4" or reduce it to 1/8"-3/16"

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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2005, 10:25:00 PM »
Joe Don,

Who in their right mind would want to work with a perfectly straight stave?  Does such a thing even exist?

Offline Sparky

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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2005, 11:02:00 PM »
Thanks all...dis ought to be fun. JD, when I said straight I was answering David's question with regards to reflex...LOL
  Yep it's gonna have some whoop-te-doos...   :help:    I will prolly leave it at 1/4" unless their is an advantage to thinning it.
  Don, if it did it would be worth more than Gold...LOL

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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2005, 10:38:00 AM »
Hey Sparky, you are planning on backing this with rawhide aren't you?
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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2005, 12:04:00 PM »
Yep Dano...got some whitetail rawhide I made. Gonna do the horn nock thing too. Got some Elephant Ivory for the strike plate.
  Ring are not as thin as I would like, but for $64 plus shipping I ain't complaining.

Sparky
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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2005, 01:10:00 PM »
Yeah Sparky.....Yew gonna' have fun with that one!     :thumbsup:

Dano....I've never worked with Yew but, I thought if you left the sapwood on you didn't need to back it??
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Offline Richie Cunningham

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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2005, 01:22:00 PM »
nice build along Sparky. Ok question for everyone according to the bible and several bowyers yew have to chace the single groth ring on the back. I have also heard that yew don't need to, just put a rawhide back and yew'r good.

Richie

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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2005, 01:42:00 PM »
Richie,

No, you can cut through sapwood growth rings on yew.  The old timers in WA and OR used to plane through them.  Rawhide backing is always good.  

Hinge.

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Re: Yew ELB build along...
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2005, 02:02:00 PM »
Hinge, your right what was I thinking:)  a charactor for a charactor like yew....

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