Hi Colin, just bumped into your post on bows etc. left to Ryan. Not sure that the Maori had bows as such, not on the South Island anyway? There were short spears (throwing), long spears (thrusting), axes and adzes etc. I can't find any reference in my books to bows, but if you do find out anything let me know, would be interested as I too have wondered what would make the best cordage for such things...
Draw horse does indeed look like a useful bit of kit- the black and decker bench of the medieval era! I have seen them before but have gotten used to working without. Might give one a shot though.
I have seen quite a few ash and elm (the golden variety seems popular) trees here in Auckland.
Quick tip- look at weedbusters site, they list a lot of invasive pest plants suitable for bowmaking.
Ash is listed, so is spindlewood, black locust, yellow locust, hawthorn (meant to be excellent if you can find a straight bit) strawberry dogwood and my favourite tree privet... I'm sure we will find someone willing to let us loose with a saw!
Coppicing is a great way to yield bow staves. Quite a few coppiced trees in Epping forest when I lived in the u.k.- neglected art nowadays.
For making my set up is pretty basic-
I rough out with a small hand axe,
Tidy up with a combination of stanley surform, drawknife and machete,
Fine adjustments with a spokeshave and cabinet scrapers.
Nocks are started with a small triangular file and rounded out with a chainsaw file.
Then sandpapers down to a fine grit- finish with danish oil.
No powertools, no bench etc.
I need to figure out recurving the tips slightly with dry heat- thats next!
Did you bring the ash with you or stumble on it here?
Thanks for the welcome Colin.
Good idea with the bow making group.
I don't have any photos here at work but will upload some later.
In the mean time please check out http://paleoplanet69529.yuku.com/topic/34061
which shows the bows I have made... work has begun on the next already.
I read somewhere that there are some osage orange (maclura pomifera) trees in the waikato.... would love to get my hands on some!
I don't know about cutting down native wood (legaly etc) and so stick to invasive imports. What woods are you using?
Not sure about ethnicity of members, but native cordage would be interesting to learn about. You could use your pages status update to broadcast the question (like I did with the flintknapping question) you never know what you'll find out.
Once the network is fully up and running, say august, contacting some local iwi to get their perspective would be a great idea. I'll remember that, really good suggestion.
Had a chance to check out the Bow making group yet? I just want to double check that you have access.
Anyone on this network can create a post on anything bushcraft you definitely don't need to go through me, this is a community after all =)
So go ahead and publish a post on the Parang (check out this tutorial if you are lost: How to use your blog you can insert the image into your post)
As far as the video goes I'll write up a quick tutorial and send you the link soon.
let me know if you have any questions
Nice to have you as a member! We are about to officially launch the network and so please let us know if you have any ideas or feedback via the Suggestion Box
In the mean time why don't you introduce yourself?