Is my yew bow useless?

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seesinsilhouette
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Is my yew bow useless?

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I recently was given a self yew bow with a draw weight of 50lbs

I tried to keep it oiled and out of direct heat but it seems to have formed a very slight sideways curve which leaves the nocks about 1 1/2 inches to the left of the center of the bow. It's not getting worse and otherwise the bow is giving no sign of fault. What I need to know is, is the bow still useable? Or is there anything I can do to straighten it?

Any advice would be most appreciated

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A picture would be good, as its difficult to give an opinion without seeing it
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Re: Is my yew bow useless?

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How does the bow appear strung ? Are both nocks to the left by this amount ?

I have a 70lb bow which has a slight twist, but this corrects when strung.
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Don't worry about it. It's a common characteristic of Yew bows.
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Re: Is my yew bow useless?

Post by seesinsilhouette »

Thanks for the advice. The nocks are both out by that amount. If you imagine a straight vertical line at the center of the bow the top and bottom nock sit maybe 1" -1 1/2" to the left of that line. I've seen self bows with some " twist" in them before but I worried because as far as I noticed it had appeared in the time I'd had it in my flat. I guess one way to find out if it affects the flight of the arrow is trying it out :)

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Re: Is my yew bow useless?

Post by The sempster »

My first yew bow was a light English yew bow, and it twists and turns in all sorts of directions. It did not damage the bow, but I did affect my aim, and once I got used to it I could not shoot any other bow without being wildly off :-) So hopefully your bow will be fine, it might just take you some time to get to know it

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Re: Is my yew bow useless?

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One thing though, do not upon any account try and straighten it yourself! If it is a problem, take it to a bowyer. Wood bows can be steamed and brought back into shape, but its not a job for those who haven't done it before. Those that try usually end up with a pile of matchwood for their trouble!!! ;(

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Is my yew bow useless?
I guess it depends on how good or bad of a shot you are. :wink:
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