Elm longbow 66/28 (No. 34)
This is red elm harvested in early summer, so it has very nice early wood on the back. Lots of little warts are on the back and matching little pin knots on the belly – looking like pepper. A beautiful piece of wood.
I have dyed the early wood with brown and black, when dry polished with steel wool until furrow and warts came out nicely. It was a joy to work on this stave. A simple straight classy bow come out. Only one single flow from a dead branch is on one side of the upper limb, but caused no problem.
The overlays are water buffalo, the inlayed arrow pass is a sanded down bronze broadhead with a filling of black stone powder / epoxi mixture.
The bow is 70,5” long ntn.