[Ansteorra] Hickery Bow
wilim.penbras at pandora.org
Thu Jun 30 23:03:50 PDT 2011
First Instinct with 'Old' Bows is polish it and hang it on a wall. You
say soak it... is the Bow Dried out? If It's been stored unsealed and
it has dried out... it's done. If it's not kindling then the way I
usually recondition a bow is, SLOWLY. String it with a TOO long
string. Draw it once. Ease off slowly. Repeat a few times. Unstring
it and hang it on a wall. IF the next day you still want to use it.
String it again with the too long string and draw it a few times, easing
off slowly. Repeat for a week or so. Then shorten the string a little
and repeat for another week.... and so on until after a month you have
it back to the correct string length. Once it's worked to the correct
string length, draw it back but a little short of a full draw. Slowly
work, over the next week or so to a proper string length and draw
length. If at anytime during the process it feels "Wrong". Hang it on
If it does come back, and I hope it does, check the poundage and if
it's a little light (as they sometimes get with age) ask about backing
it with rawhide or leather It can add a couple pounds of draw and help
to hold it together if, heaven forbid, it decides it's done suddenly.
On 30/06/2011 11:22 PM, Baronman at aol.com wrote:
> just recieved my VERY OLD hand made hickory 6 foot long bow and was
> wondering the proper procedure to make the wood subtle again. I am thinking
> about soaking the wood but am not sure if it is the proper thing to do to get
> this marvelous bow firing again.
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