After having survived 3 winters here in the heights of the Black Forest, the actual winter began a bit lately in December but such heavily with tons of snow. Around the 15th of January there was a bit thaw, but the snow came back, again icy temperatures. We all were awaitng spring to come at the earliest in April. But my horse was telling me another story, since a week or so I was wondering why she was rubbing her winter coat off.
shayela- my 18- years old pinto mare forecasting an early spring 2011? The donkey of my daughter wants to be posted too
Last Saturday I found it to comfortable outside for not to go for staves. Last fall I´ve cut down some locusts nearby, time for picking them up and to split them. The last 3 winters there was no way to go to the forests for picking up staves cause of the heavy snows.
......still alive after the snow......its such impressive to feel the freshness all over
tracks of does, deer and maybe boars along my way to the locusts
the locusts I´ve felled last fall
The slope where the ranger has adviced me to fell down the locusts is quite steep, the ground was still frozen, a bit dangerous for to handle my chainsaw. I preferred to use my heavy tenon saw.
It was quite exhausting to carry the logs to my car, cause I had to leave it about 100m away.
Last Monday I splitted the logs into staves.
A look at the cross- section shows a first drying crack
The drying crack indicates my way for to split the log, again self bowery is much on cooperating with nature.
A first wedge is blown into the drying crack
Using the first drying crack will guiding the split just right along the center of the log, 4 blows with a light hammer did the job.
The center of the log- on the right there´s the progressing split to be seen
Having split 2 logs into halves
Almost knotfree straight staves, some of them reflexed and so some deflexed staves too.
First staves 2011 are done!
After cutting of the bark it´s drying time, I´ll leave the staves outside till it will rain or snow, the first warm breezes of February will let the staves dry fast.
Next bowXplosion will be of “The perfect bow Vol.1″, a picture- heavy build- along of a real ideal design for wooden bows including how- to´s and measurements, heat-treating revisited and explaining “the tracking of a selfbow”.