elm longbow, 120#/28″ (No. 20)
The third bow in this row is really heavily heat treated, it has nearly the same dimensions as bow No. 2 – but came out with such a heavy drawweight I didn’t expect. See my stuggle and my grimace in the fd pic, this is somehow in the 90#.
The bow is the bare stick, only tip overlays (horn) and arrowpass/mark (horn-bone-horn) added. The bow had about 90# before heating – I estimate about 120# after. I’m shure it will loose some weight in fine tillering and shooting in, but I cannot do this. My shoulder and my tillertree setup produces crack noises, so I wonder how to get on: leave it or bring down to at least 90.