Part II: Putting it Together
|Step 1: Hand
Spining Limb components is the Key
The first thing we do when we start to build your bow is spine test every piece of fiberglass and every piece of wood that goes into the bow limbs. We do this because there is tremendous variation in strength and flexibility of fiberglass and wood from piece to piece. As time consuming as it is, it is the only way we can assure you of properly balanced and functioning limbs. We believe we are the only manufacturer who does this.
In a true custom recurve bow, the limb should be flexed and the tip open at your draw length. Some bowmaker's accomplish this by bow length. At Bighorn we know that this is best accomplished by moving the "sweet spot" - which is the fulcrum of where the tip opens and the limb bends just right. In both the recurve and the longbow, just where that "sweet spot" is depends on your draw and limb length. Making it happens at just the right time is a product of experience and technique.
Step 2: Limb Material Choices
LIMB CORE: Limb cores are the wood laminations within the bow limb. We use four or five laminations in the longbow, and two or three laminations in the recurve (depending on specific limb lay-up and/or bow weight). Choose from any of the woods, or combinations of woods shown for our custom limbs. The debate over what woods are best for limb cores has gone on forever. In truth, our work has shown that limb design is what dictates performance; we feel all these woods perform well and are comparable. In addition to your first limb core choice, you can opt from the same list for a second or third limb core. Designed to compliment limb core number one and our riser, limb core two or three is a vein of beauty that runs down he center of the first limb core.
LIMB GLASS: We offer Black, Brown or Clear fiberglass on your custom limbs. Clear glass showcases the beautiful grain of the limb core you select.
LIMB TIP: The limb tip is not only a beautiful highlight to the bow itself, it also strengthens and protects the limb and it's tip by reinforcing the string groove support are. You can:
Step 3: Riser Material Choices
The riser, or handle, is the focal point of a beautiful bow. Everything radiates from the riser. We offer two types of wood as a beginning base.
The Ramwood riser comes with a triple laminated stripe arcing thru its length. We call the stripe a riser bridge, because it strengthens and stabilizes the riser considerably. As an aesthetic choice, we offer several variations to the riser bridge. (See examples below.)
Overlay & Insert Options
The overlay is the additional layers of material laminated to the front and rear of the riser. These added layers are for beauty, accent and strength. Choose from the following:
RISER CUT-THRU OVERLAY: Add one, two or three cut-thru overlays, wherein the top layers are only visible at each end and in the middle of the overlay. These overlays can be any of our option woods, or black.brown fiberglass, or sheep horn. Again, the possibilities are endless.
Step 5: Trim Accents