Bowyers and fletchers, stringmakers and arrowsmiths. Materials used, methods. Historic Guilds. Apprentices.
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Bloodwood or Satine (brosimum rubescens). I am looking at drawings of laminated British Sportsbows from 1790 and through the 19th Century. Is there any information if they used this wood as a belly/compression laminate?
If bloodwood' is alternatively 'Rubywood', then Yes. I have examples, the most prominent being one by Waring the Elder who used it as a compression wood in company with hickory for tension. I think it also appears as a scarfed-in laminate on a couple of other 18C bows. Whiteley, and |Ainsworth.
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