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Newbie to the bowyer scene here and was wondering what would be a good basic design for a starter selfbow?  

I have found a few designs on google but thought I'd poll the trusty Tradganger's to see what you recommended.

P.S.  I plan on using rock maple.

Pat B:
A lot depends on your draw weight and draw length but if you built a bow that is 68" long, 1 3/4" wide at the fades and out 10" or so then taper to 1/2" tips you should be OK.
Are you using a board or a stave?    Pat

Pat, thanks for the info. I have 4 staves drying right now.

How critical is the density of growth rings with rock maple?


Pat B:
I have not worked with hard maple but I would think that is a good one. The crown looks a bit high. How wide and thick is that stave?     Pat

   Start with a board as many have while your staves are drying. This will help you understand what is happening and what you will need to do when it comes to tillering a stave.

It will also help you get organized as far a tools and techniques go.

There is some info about my first red oak board bow here.


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