HopHornbeam 66in Flat bow 50lbs@28″

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HopHornbeam 66in Flat bow 50lbs@28″

I Made this hophornbeam selfbow from a tree or sapling about 3″ at the base. American Hophornbeam, sometimes called  American Ironwood or HardHack has a Specific Gravity of .63 and Janka Hardness of 1,860 making it one of the native northeast hardest woods.

The String is braided 15 (3 – 5 strands each – red/black/orange) strands BCY B55 Polyester Bowstring with .030 BCY Halo Serving.

This has been sitting in my shop for a few days waiting on my wrist to heal. It’s been killing me not to be able to shoot it. Today it felt good enough to get a couple shots in.

It’s 66 1/2″ tip to tip with limbs 1 3/4″ at the widest just outside the fades

It tapers starting about halfway on the limb to 1/2″ at the tips.

I may add some kind of arrow rest, but I’m still undecided. Recommendations certainly welcome.



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  1. Beautiful weapon! Looks a bit whip-tillered (bending a lot towards the tips, too little at the handle), but still a servicable stick-slinger. I’d like to try doing one of this wood soon.

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