[SCA-AE] Archery Question
donnghaile at gmail.com
Wed Aug 13 08:39:44 EDT 2008
Purple heart is a very attractive wood, you're right there, but also
very hard. A bow of solid Purple heart would be just a bad idea.
However as a laminate layer where fiberglas or other springier woods
are giving the bow its flexibility, it can make for a beautiful bow.
On 8/12/08, J C Ronsen <caleb at buffnet.net> wrote:
> On Tue, 12 Aug 2008 15:57:32 -0700 (PDT), Éadaoin ingen Chanacáin
> > Greetings!
> > I'm a novice archer with (hopefully) a simple question.
> > In looking online at various archery supplier web sites, many
> > bowyers offer an option to have a bow made of purple heart wood.
> > Normally, I would jump at the chance to have a purple bow (those
> > who know me can attest), however I was under the impression that
> > purple heart is a fairly hard wood (heh heh), making it less than
> > ideal for bow-making and using.
> > Those experienced archers of AEthelmearc... is purple heart a good
> > wood for a bow? Or should I beware of anyone claiming they can make
> > a good bow with this breed of wood?
> > NB: I ask because while at Pennsic I saw a lovely, handmade bow
> > which was laquered purple and far out of my price range. It got me
> > thinking about various materials used in bowmaking, and which were
> > more effective than others. I wound up buying a lovely 35# from
> > Meric, so I'm not looking to buy immediately. But it's nice to have
> > the knowledge for the future.
> > Thank you in advance!
> > Eadaoin inghean Chanacain
> > Barony of Delftwood
> Purple heart can be used in bow making. I did a quick search on google
> and found an Engligh bowyer that is selling triple laminate longbows
> with a purple heart core.
> ska: Baron Caleb Reynolds
> mka: Caleb Ronsen
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