All of my wood is prepared in my shop. I start with
rough kiln dried lumber. It is then sawed into strips and then each
lamination is ground to the desired thickness.
All laminations are book matched from the same board. This makes
both bow limbs look as similar as possible.
The strength of a bow comes from the fiberglass. The wood gives
the bow characteristics such as smoothness of draw, light weight and
Red Elm is the favorite lamination material.
It is light, glues perfectly and has excellent shear strength.
Osage is a heavier wood than elm and is the
strongest wood. It is one
of the old traditional bow woods. It
is also called Boisd.ark
which means “wood of the bow”.
Bamboo is actually a grass not a wood. It is
extremely light and makes a smooth drawing, very fast bow.
Amberboo is bamboo that has been laminated
and then heat treated. It
is actionwood made from bamboo. It has the advantages of bamboo but is
even more stable.
I will also use other woods for special orders but
the above are my favorites. Some
other options are ash, maple and hickory.
I also use some exotics or fancy curly maple for a veneer for beauty but the core laminations are made from standard woods so the bow still has the desirable performance characteristics.