Gidday Rob, welcome along mate, sounds like you have quite a wealth of knowledge to share.
I'm through in Picton, whereabouts are you in Marlborough?
So what wood are you using for your bows, I have a friend in Chch who is into bows and we've been struggling to come up with a suitable native timber.
Sweet as, I work across the other side for the Shark Nett gallery, if you've seen a guy out spraying or scrub barring over on the track around the foreshore and native plantings that's me. =)
I have heard good things on lemonwood, but using kowhai and tanekaha are new ones to me for tillering.
We found kanuka split too easily for a bow.
Hahaha yea mate if you see me out there feel free to come and meet, my names Deano