I don't mean to offend. It's probably going to happen anyway.

Saturday, March 23, 2013


I may not actually be able to bring my bow to the next blogshoot, for reasons I hope are obvious from this picture.

Lessons learned:
1. Be more careful in tillering.
2. Use several layers of backing.
3. Be more careful in tillering.
3. Popping noises are very bad.
5. Be more careful in tillering.

With any luck, the next attempt will go somewhat better. Time to get started.


  1. Oh that stinks. Painful lesson I imagine.

    Just to make it clear you are welcome at the Blogshoot without your bow (just not as welcome -joking).

    What exactly is 'tillering'?

    1. It was thoroughly frustrating, yes. Take 2 will hopefully be significantly more efficient, since I now understand more what I'm doing. (Already having the tools helps too)

      I'll be there in any case, I'd just rather like to have an offering.

      Tillering is the process of turning a stick into a bow. You load the bow to different lengths of pull and tensions, and try to get uniform curvature at the desired weight. I wasn't careful enough and ended up with a hinge, which took too much load. I was focused too much on lessening the weight and not enough on making sure it was still doing what it was supposed to. Ah well, lesson learned.


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