overlays

Applying the designer’s “rule of thirds” to tip design

Tip proportionAnyone can glue on some tip overlays and shape them into a suitable bow limb tip, but do they look good? As a graphic designer, I’m always interested in making my bows look good and have good proportions. This applies especially to the limb tips.

The designer’s “rule of thirds” goes something like this…a photo, painting, or design usually looks better when you put the focal point one third of the way from the edge than putting it in the center. The following quote from Wikipedia explains it like this… Continue reading

How to make a simple thickness sander for bow laminations

a simple lamination grinder

When I started making bows, I had to order finished bow laminations and overlays from a bow making supplier because I didn’t have a thickness sander. Even though buying prepared laminations was faster and easier, the problem was that I had to order everything I needed one or two weeks before starting the bow. Also, if I didn’t order enough lams or the right ones, or…smack me with an arrow shaft…I broke a lamination, then I wouldn’t have enough lams or overlays to complete the bow and production would come to a screeching stop. Continue reading

Knife scales for longbow tips?

knife scalesI’ve often admired all of the different types of exotic knife scales for sale at Ebay, and I’ve always thought that they would be the perfect size for use on longbow tips. So, I figured that I would get some and give them a try on my next longbow project. Recently, while I was shopping around Ebay to see if I could find any decent deals on bow materials or exotic wood blocks, I did a little search for knife scales and found a couple of sets that I think will work well. I found this nice retro-looking pair of mint green, linen micarta scales and this nicely figured pair of water buffalo horn scales and put down some fair bids in hopes that I would win. Continue reading

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