dixieangler wrote:I think I might back one of them (after made into a bow) with Yucca leaf fibers using pine pitch (tar) rather than sinew with hide glue and then see if I can overcoat it with vegetable (plant) oil (rather than wrap it with animal intestines or snake skin). I will probably not back the other one and just overcoat with vegetable (plant) oil.
This is just one of the skills that the McPherson's include in their instruction to the U.S. Military Special Operations Survival Instructors in their on-going relationship with them.
wikipedia wrote:A composite bow is a bow made from disparate materials laminated together, usually applied under tension. Different materials are used in order to take advantage of the properties of each material.
This article describes mainly the traditional Asiatic composite bow, which normally uses horn on the belly and sinew on the back of a wooden core. Sinew and horn will store more energy than wood for the same length of bow. The strength can be made similar to that of all-wood bows, with similar draw-length and therefore a similar or greater amount of energy delivered to the arrow from a much shorter bow. Some Mongolian composite bows are known to have been able to produce a draw weight of nearly 160 lb (72.5 kg).
Curdog wrote:Lemonwood (still not sure if this is a citrus lemon or not),
No- it is not citrus lemon. It is also called Degame, and was native to cuba and maybe parts of Central America. I have been told it is available as an introduced species in South Florida.
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