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Lemon wood bows

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Tim Cousineau 06-Nov-18
tonto59 06-Nov-18
tonto59 06-Nov-18
Mike E 06-Nov-18
Tim Cousineau 06-Nov-18
tonto59 06-Nov-18
tonto59 06-Nov-18
George D. Stout 06-Nov-18
George D. Stout 06-Nov-18
Knifeguy 06-Nov-18
M60gunner 06-Nov-18
JusPassin 06-Nov-18
Bassman 06-Nov-18
George Tsoukalas 06-Nov-18
4nolz@work 07-Nov-18
monkeyball 07-Nov-18
Jeff Durnell 07-Nov-18
reddogge 07-Nov-18
reddogge 07-Nov-18
reddogge 07-Nov-18
Jeff Durnell 07-Nov-18
Jeff Durnell 07-Nov-18
Jeff Durnell 07-Nov-18
Bassman 07-Nov-18
Elderly OCR 07-Nov-18
tonto59 07-Nov-18
Buzz 07-Nov-18
tonto59 07-Nov-18
PhantomWolf 08-Nov-18
George D. Stout 08-Nov-18
PhantomWolf 08-Nov-18
hawkeye in PA 08-Nov-18
From: Tim Cousineau
Date: 06-Nov-18

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After reading about Ole Buck I deceided to take down my old lemon wood bow and run some arrows thru it. Its a WSNL 66", 60# @28" longbow with a black backing. It still shoots as good as it did 20 years ago! George was correct, these bows were made to be shot! Lets post some photos of your lemon wood bows. Thanks Tim.

From: tonto59
Date: 06-Nov-18

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Nice shooting Tim! Yea George knows a few things about bows and such.

From: tonto59
Date: 06-Nov-18

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The nicest Lemon wood bow I have is this old York long bow. It has a lot of string follow too. Like ole Buck. But it's smooth and quiet. That's probably why I held on to it for so long. ;-)

From: Mike E
Date: 06-Nov-18




Wish I had one to share. Nice looking bows guys.

From: Tim Cousineau
Date: 06-Nov-18




Thanks Don. I had forgotten how much fun these are to shoot!

From: tonto59
Date: 06-Nov-18

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Nice indoor range you have there Tim.

From: tonto59
Date: 06-Nov-18

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Thanks Mike. I have picked up a few of them over the years. Like Tim said. They are fun to shoot.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 06-Nov-18

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Ol' Buck on a stumpin trek a few years ago.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 06-Nov-18

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From: Knifeguy
Date: 06-Nov-18

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Some lemonwood, hickory and old yew bows stacked in the corner of my living room. My only lemonwood shooter is in the garage getting a face lift. Lance

From: M60gunner
Date: 06-Nov-18




Afraid to string mine up. Still has a linen string with the old fashion way of adjusting length. Mine an Indian from 1957. Paid $12 for it, came as a set, arrows, tab, armguard, quiver, it says #35. Wonder if now we are sort of friends with Cuba if some of that wood will find its way here agian?

From: JusPassin Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 06-Nov-18




Love to find some of that Cuban Lemon Wood and build me a new one.

From: Bassman Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 06-Nov-18




A lady at church has some wood bows. How do you tell if a bow is made from lemon wood. I have plenty self bows made from different wood ,but would like a lemon wood bow.

From: George Tsoukalas
Date: 06-Nov-18




Yes sir. That's a beauty. Something about a self bow in the woods just moves me. Jawge

From: 4nolz@work
Date: 07-Nov-18




is lemonwood available now for domestic use since Cuba opened back up some?

From: monkeyball
Date: 07-Nov-18




This is off the Wood Database:

Common Name(s): Lemonwood, Degame Scientific Name: Calycophyllum candidissimum Distribution: Cuba and Central America Tree Size: 40-80 ft (12-24 m) tall, 1-2 ft (.3-.6 m) trunk diameter Average Dried Weight: 51 lbs/ft3 (810 kg/m3) Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .67, .81 Janka Hardness: 1,880 lbf (8,350 N) Modulus of Rupture: 22,100 lbf/in2 (152.4 MPa) Elastic Modulus: 2,284,000 lbf/in2 (15.75 GPa) Crushing Strength: 9,790 lbf/in2 (67.5 MPa) Shrinkage: Radial: 4.8%, Tangential: 8.6%, Volumetric: 13.2%, T/R Ratio: 1.8

7 Lakes Archery has some Lemonwood for sale at the moment.

Good Shooting->->->->Craig

From: Jeff Durnell Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 07-Nov-18




Bassman, lemonwood is kind of olive colored, is a tropical hardwood and grows all year round, so it has no growth rings. Those would be the best ways to distinguish it from osage or yew.

I have a York lemonwood selfbow here my brother gave me years ago that he picked up at an auction or something. It's an archery 'kit' and has the original string, arrows, target, booklet, tab, arm gaurd, etc. I'll dig it out and take some pics.

From: reddogge
Date: 07-Nov-18

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A Ben Pearson.

From: reddogge
Date: 07-Nov-18

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Date: 07-Nov-18

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From: Jeff Durnell Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 07-Nov-18

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From: Jeff Durnell Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 07-Nov-18

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From: Jeff Durnell Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 07-Nov-18

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I've never even strung this thing. No real interest. Told my brother to quit bringing me bows from auctions, yard sales and such. He goes every week. I would have had to build another building... like he did. Lol

From: Bassman Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 07-Nov-18




Thank you Jeff . I would appreciate that.

From: Elderly OCR
Date: 07-Nov-18




Cuba has been pretty hard on their forests so I wouldn't count on it being available as it was before.

From: tonto59
Date: 07-Nov-18




Good thread Tim. I'm enjoying this one.

From: Buzz
Date: 07-Nov-18

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After a couple visits from Ol'Buck I had to get myself one as well.

Ben Pearson.

From: tonto59
Date: 07-Nov-18

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Here's a Ben Pearson Deer Slayer. Nice Bow Buzz.

From: PhantomWolf
Date: 08-Nov-18




After reading all these great lemonwood comments last night I decided to string up my dad's Pearson lemonwood longbow that my mother gave him for Christmas mid 50's.

It's basically brand new, he never really shot it much with work and home responsibilities. Last I strung it was sometime in the 80's. The only markings on it are "502-1-45", so I at least know that it's 45# @ 28".

Anyways I'll replace the old string and would like advice on a starting brace height. With the present string it braced @ 7". Because I shoot recurves I'm really not familiar with longbows but want to shoot my dad's Pearson.

Thanks in advance for any advice it will be much appreciated to say the least. Ralph

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Nov-18




Ralph, I started Ol' Buck with the old 'fistmele' measure...but of fist against handle with thumb raised. For me that is just short of 6.5" and of course will vary with hand size. That's still how I measure that old bow.

From: PhantomWolf
Date: 08-Nov-18




Thanks George. I'm at work and just for the hell of it made the "fistmele" fist and measured it and came up with a little over 6.5", so the 7" I'm getting with the old string isn't bad.

I'll check the bow when I get home, get my act together and order a new string from Barry (stilldub).

Much appreciated. Ralph

From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 08-Nov-18




You guys trying a old lemon wood bow for the first time please wear a leather glove on your bow hand. Dad and I over the years have picked them and shot them until they cracked/ broke. The last one left me get comfortable shooting with it until it fragmented through the handle. Had blood everywhere and deep slices on fingers along with a few splinters. Personally, I'm done with them.





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