Tawa makes excellent heavy duty arrows. It has very similar properties to ash and I use them up to 12mm thick for my warbow arrows.
I'll ask the lads about tawa. I'm not a bowyer myself just a prolific fletcher. From a survival perspective I'm sure most woods would suffice if only for a short period of time. I have made some bows out of bamboo. Some were training bows for my kids which were 3 or 4 strips of bamboo taped together. They drew about 25lbs. I took it a stage further and used full pieces of bamboo (from the garden centre) bound together with string. I ended up with a bow that drew about 60lbs at 28". It lasted for about 2 dozen shots before a piece broke but it only took about an hour to make.
are you talking about carving a bow from a solid piece of timber or using a branch as a bow?
i was thinking about carving a long bow from macrocarpa, but not sure if it is realy tough enough, it will be easier to carve and probably have a good amount of strength and readily available in my area.
i think as other people have suggested, probably the harder the wood the better, traditional long bows in uk and europe were once made from yew which is a very hard wood, also hickory which again is very hard.
thanks for that,
is the flat bow the same as aboard bow?
yes i would be looking at using a 3-4 inch branch, straighter the better. and carve the long bow from that, splitting it in half and using the good front outer face as the front of the bow,
i would love to have some yew or oak etc but don't really have access without maybe sneaking into someones garden late at night, or maybe hagley park.
this will be my first time building a bow so i'll give macro a go and see what happens, at least it will be easier to carve and when i mess up not too much time lost.
i will post pictures as i go along but first i think i should find my branch and let it dry for a while.
Its been a while
Post it up in the bowyers group if you haven't found that already.
Bowmaking has taken a break ever since the 'discovery' of the .177 air rifle and the bad weather. Will get back into bow-making in the summer through.
If you do find a good Chch wood source, be sure to let us know. Or any source for bowmaking materials in general.
The bush-craft map of nz on the 'home' tab will have a few locations for stuff.