elderberry flatbow with cherry bark backing, 52#/28″ (No. 22) – Stonehill Primitive Bows

elderberry flatbow with cherry bark backing, 52#/28″ (No. 22)

This flatbow is backed with 3 strips of cherry bark, spliced under the wraps. It is 62½“ ntn and 52# /28″.
First time bark backing for me, done with TBIII.
The stave was about 2½“ in diameter and had a really thick pith, I drilled out the spongy material.
Cross section is more or less rectangular with absolut flat belly and a bit crowned back which runs at outer third of limb from a trapezoid into a triangular tip.
Five color dying, partally sanded down with steel wool and a piece of old leather gives this bow a „used look“.
Finished with several coatings of hard oil.

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