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Offline AZStickman

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What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« on: June 04, 2006, 02:06:00 PM »
I love it when we finally start getting our 110+ degree days here in AZ.... There's no better time for sinewing......The glue stays at a good working temp without any effort and sets up quick enough to allow easy blending and working of the sinew.... This bow is the Ferret Friendship bow I featured on this tillering build along....
   "Ferret Friendship Bow: Finessing a Tiller"  
 The Elk sinew I'm using was prepped in Javie camp a couple of years ago by Mike Westvang, Rusty Craine,George Nagel,Bobby Hunziger, and Mickey himself....these folks are true Compadres and made naming this bow easy.... Meet "Compadre"

I prepped the bow and am following the same process I've outlined on my site the Bowyers Workshop:
  Bowyers Workshop: Sinewing a Bow  

 I applied the first course of sinew Yesterday and let it set overnight....
Here's a pic of me set up ready to apply the second and final course:

   

Here's a picture of the bow after the final course is applied.... I've feathered the sinew towards the tips allowing room for overlays and also toward the sides to allow for the rawhide backing I will apply in a couple of weeks to protect the sinew from moisture.Feathering the sinew to the sides and leaving a bit of wood to apply the rawhide edge to creates a seal for the sinew. Also note how the edges of the bow have been rounded off before sinewing. This is important as sharp edges will sometimes lift a splinter as the sinew shrinks:

   

In couple of weeks I will apply the rawhide backing. The bow will be in my garage during this time.... With temps here hitting 110 pretty much daily my garage becomes a natural heat box.... Arizona was made for sinew.....    :D    Terry
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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2006, 02:47:00 PM »
Holy Crap..when it hits 113 here. they close the schools , people board up the windows, pull down the shades and crank the AC on high and stay inside until the temp outside gets reasonable again,

Bow is looking good Terry. Love the name! How appropriate.

PS I think I see that pesky blade of grass coming up over in the corner again! ha ha
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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2006, 03:01:00 PM »
Hey Mickey, That's dry heat! LOL If it hits 90deg here we suffer!
   Terry, I'm looking forward to seeing the final results. ...and yes, sinew bows were made for the west. I made a sinew backed hickory bow that lost almost 15# from winter til summer. Then I sent it to a friend in CO to play with and it gained back that 15# and another 10# to boot.     Pat
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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2006, 03:01:00 PM »
LOL... I've stopped trying to cut that blade Mickey.... every yard should have a token blade....   :D  Glad you like the name compadre...   :thumbsup:  Terry
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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2006, 03:08:00 PM »
Pat.... I made a sinew bow for the St. Judes Auction a couple of years ago.... "La Corazon"  
As you can see I had it weighed in at 52# after letting the sinew set for two months.
  George Nagel won the bidding and last time I talked to him he said it felt like it was pulling 70#...... I went with a little lighter sinew job on this bow..... initial target weight was between 40 and 45#.... I wound up down at 38# chasing tiller..... I really don't want to gain more than 10# on her..... We'll see.....    :)   Terry
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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2006, 03:23:00 PM »
Terry, Our winters here in the mountains of NC are quite dry but once summer hits the humidity can get very high. At least in AZ your humidity stays fairly low most of the time. It's that up and down humidity that kills the effects of the sinew.     Pat
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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2006, 06:26:00 PM »
Terry...Looks you're having fun AND being productive.  The only concern I have is somehow you are starting to remind me of Wingnut with that bandana on your noggin     ;)  

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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2006, 06:31:00 PM »
Yeah......... But Its a DRY HEAT Out Yonder Mickey!! Yeah, What Pat B Said!!  "[dead]"
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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2006, 06:45:00 PM »
And the scruff on your chin  :D
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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2006, 07:09:00 PM »
LOL.....Bobby that was one of the first things I learned at the Mike and Rusty school for wayward bowyers..... The headband is "not" optional..   :D   Terry
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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2006, 07:16:00 PM »
Just had to respond here. It is 55 and raining here. Thinking about you down there in the heat.

I want to sinew a couple of bows soon, sounds like I should wait until July when it will be 95+ and 12% humidity.

Good info Terry thanks.
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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2006, 07:21:00 PM »
Terry...I really like the name "Compadre"...you have a special gift for coming up with bow names.

Me and my dial up have to snipe on the auction before the servers melt down.  Have fun!

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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2006, 10:07:00 PM »
Chad, 12% humidity? LOLOLOLOLOLOL

In the winter we get down to 40-45%..in the summer we hover between 75 and 90%

Wonder what 12% would feel like. Probably have to put water drops in my nose to keep it from bleeding LOL
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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2006, 10:09:00 PM »
Just looked at weatherbug..here's the stats for 10:00 pm 6/4,2006..check out the humidity level and it's not even summer yet

Temperature:
 54.0°F
 
 Pressure:
 29.96"  
 
 
Average Wind:
 0mph S
 
 Sunrise:
 6:11 AM
 
 
Humidity:
 98%
 
 Sunset:
 8:57 PM
 
 
Dew Point:
 53°F
 
 Moonphase:
 -58
 
 
 
Wind Chill:
 54°F
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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2006, 10:27:00 PM »
You must live in the deep freeze Mickey. Come on up here where it's 84 degrees, dry and sunny    :)
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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2006, 10:31:00 PM »
And in Indiana they are calling for Isolated and "Pop-Up" T-Storms for Most of the Week. Yippee, I can hardly wait.  "[dntthnk]"
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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2006, 07:03:00 AM »
You deserve it George..I remember some of your winter emails ha ha
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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2006, 08:20:00 AM »
George... That cooler weather and dry climate probably explains why La Corazon gained so much weight.... It was still in the 100's here and the sinew had been set up for a bit over 60 days when I weighed her last.... Terry
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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2006, 06:03:00 PM »
I sinewed a bow inducing about 2" reflex about 2 months ago. I put it inside on my broke-down chevy and forgot about it till about two weeks ago. That sucker is now holding about 5" of reflex and is quite intimidating for me, the tiller impared.  :scared:  

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Re: What to do When Temp hits 113........ Sinew!!
« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2006, 07:53:00 PM »
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Originally posted by Littlefeather:
I sinewed a bow inducing about 2" reflex about 2 months ago. I put it inside on my broke-down chevy and forgot about it till about two weeks ago.  :scared:    

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