Is my yew bow useless?

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seesinsilhouette
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Is my yew bow useless?

Postby seesinsilhouette » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:43 pm

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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Re: Is my yew bow useless?

Postby Hinny Annie » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:15 am

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?

Postby Man from Coventry » Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:41 pm

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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Re: Is my yew bow useless?

Postby EnglishArcher » Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:30 pm

Don't worry about it. It's a common characteristic of Yew bows.


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Re: Is my yew bow useless?

Postby seesinsilhouette » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:19 am

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?

Postby The sempster » Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:50 am

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?

Postby Phoenix Rising » Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:44 pm

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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Re: Is my yew bow useless?

Postby miscreant » Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:10 pm

Is my yew bow useless?


I guess it depends on how good or bad of a shot you are. :wink:


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