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Item Number: 447001X
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  • Q:

    I want to build a Howard Hill style longbow with four laminations of bamboos, backed and faced with fiberglass. What thickness of laminations should I use to achieve a 65-75 lb. bow at 28 inches? A standard bow would only have two laminations of bamboo.
    Asked on 4/7/2014 by Bill from Queen Creek, AZ

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      It depends upon the length of the bow.

      Answered on 4/9/2014 by Sam from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    I want to build all wood reflex deflex bamboo backed osage longbow. I have several I made from your osage lumber and planned bamboo backing. my question is if I use your planned bamboo backing can I use osage tapered laminations for the core without glass on the belly of the bow. Will the laminated osage take the compression without glass on the belly and if so what size and how many laminations for 64in. 48# @ 28 in. bow.
    Asked on 2/28/2014 by Tradhunter from Carrollton, Ga

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      No, the tapered lamination's are designed for going under fiberglass

      Answered on 3/5/2014 by Dave from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    Is the "size" of the lamination the butt thickness of the lamination followed by the given rate of taper which I think is .001? Thanks in advance for any help.
    Asked on 12/29/2013 by Wanna be bowyer from Seattle WA

    3 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      This is correct.

      Answered on 12/31/2013 by Art from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      You are correct!

      Answered on 12/30/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, the size would be at its thickest point.

      Answered on 12/30/2013 by Darsteed from upstate NY
  • Q:

    Are the Laminations treated with any thing or steamed or are they just plan dried wood?
    Asked on 12/25/2013 by Tay from Michigan

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes they are plain wood, with no treatment
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 12/28/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      These are air dried laminations and are not treated with anything.

      Answered on 12/27/2013 by Art from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Just plain dried wood. You don't want treated wood for lams.

      Answered on 12/27/2013 by Darsteed from upstate NY
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      They are dried wood that is properly tapered and cut directionally as advertised (flat elm, etc.).

      Answered on 12/25/2013 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    This might be rather elementary, but I just need reassurance I guess. I want to use Zebra wood laminates backed with clear fiber glass so that the wood grain will show through. But what about the glue? Does it turn clear (invisible) after the bake so that you can see through the clear fiberglass right to the Zebra wood?
    Asked on 11/4/2013 by August from United States

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      The glue and fiberglass will blur the wood a little, making it hard to see
      fine grain patterns like wenge and
      oak, but zebra will certainly show through. The glue gives the wood a
      color similar to natural stain.

      Answered on 11/5/2013 by Darsteed from upstate NY
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      If it's ea-40 it dries clear ( best glue ever! )
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 11/4/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I use Smooth On epoxy and it will cure clear just as the glass will. Both
      start out opaq but both will finish clear. Take care to get all the air
      out from between the laminants.

      Answered on 11/4/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Using the Smooth On Epoxy, I get good clear results.

      Answered on 11/4/2013 by Sam from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    In recurve bows how do twists happen and how can I prevent that?
    Asked on 7/30/2013 by joe

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      In recurve bow twists can happen for a couple of reasons. The form its
      made on could not be level across the width of the bow.
      This would cause twist. If you make the laminations, and one side is even
      slightly thinner than the other across the width, the tip will twist towards
      the strong side. If the limbs are cut off center, this can cause twist.
      The easiest way to prevent twist if your just starting out is to make a
      reflex deflex longbow rather than a recurve, as they tend to correct twist
      when drawn rather than worsen it, or just don't make a tremendously
      recurved bow the first time. A little twist is ok.

      Answered on 7/31/2013 by Darsteed from upstate NY
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Buy using a bow stringer when stringing it

      Answered on 7/31/2013 by Dave from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    Can I use 1.5 inch laminations with 1.75 inch fiberglass or will it cause issues?
    Asked on 6/14/2013 by osageorange4 from Hodgenville,Kentucky

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      You'll have a quarter inch overhang which will be bad. If you really want
      1.75 but can't make your own lams and your using black glass you can buy an
      extra and cut it into 1/4 inch strips to extend the lams and give you the
      correct width.

      Answered on 6/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      You could but I really would not recommend it and. Plus it would be a lot of extra sanding involved.

      Answered on 6/18/2013 by Clint from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Cut your 1.75" laminations down to 1.5. No problem.
      ~ Marc

      Answered on 6/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It will cause issues. The lams will slide. However, if you have a bandsaw, you can simply cut the 1.75 glass down to 1.5 and solve your problems.

      Answered on 6/18/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      Not if you want a total width at the widest part of the riser of 1.75" (usually for recurve bows). If there is not a firm bond btw. layers, then the limbs will probably have problems, or look really crazy b/c there will be a gap. Now, you could trim the 1.75" Fiberglass down to 1.5" to use with the laminations, but I'd just suggest getting both laminations & fiberglass the same width to start with.

      Answered on 6/19/2013 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I like the idea of actionboo as a backing. Why doesn't it come in six foot lengths?
    Asked on 3/5/2013 by mountainman from melbourne, fl

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      These laminations are meant to be used with fiberglass. We have other bamboo that works better for backing a primitive style bow.

      Answered on 3/5/2013 by Justin from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    I noticed that Tonkin Bamboo is pictured as a lamination choice, but does not show as a choice when trying to place an order. Is Tonkin Bamboo available?
    Asked on 3/5/2013 by Bowman

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The Tonkin is currently unavailable. As soon as we receive more it will be made available online.

      Answered on 3/5/2013 by Justin from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    can these be used as bow backings?
    Asked on 12/31/2012 by riley from United States

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Your best bet is the bamboo. The problem with the others is that if they
      are 1/4 sawn you have grain ending in the plane of the wood which is a point
      of weakness. The bamboo (and possibly the Cane) have vertical grain.

      Answered on 1/1/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      I would not recommend using these laminations as backings. With out anything on the other side of these laminations you would run the risk of splinters popping up and causing weak points in the bow.

      Answered on 1/2/2013 by Justin from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Is they have a taper in them then no...

      Answered on 1/5/2013 by Anonymous
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