Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Dimensions of an ELB?

Messages posted to thread:
N Y Yankee 08-Aug-23
Jeff Durnell 08-Aug-23
George D. Stout 08-Aug-23
Jeff Durnell 08-Aug-23
From: N Y Yankee
Date: 08-Aug-23




Im wondering what the dimensions of the raw stave would be for an ELB. reason being is I have a really nice maple board with straight grain all the way. It's 72" long, 1.5 wide x .75 thick. I'm thinking of ripping it in half wth a band saw and trying a simple bendy handle bow with a leather strap wrapping for a handle, shoot off the hand. Your thoughts?

From: Jeff Durnell
Date: 08-Aug-23




You don't have enough wood there to make a man-size proper English longbow as would be made from a full stave. Nor do I think you should cut it in half unless you wanted to make a couple of kids bows, but I do have an option for you. Check out this thread from the Leatherwall days of old....

(Whitewood ELB the dirty way)

Be sure to remove the space in the thread link.

https://leatherwall.bowsite.com/TF/lw/thread2.cfm? threadid=41205&category=88#440238

From: George D. Stout
Date: 08-Aug-23




Here are two videos of the making of ELBs, from a longtime English bowyer.

From: Jeff Durnell
Date: 08-Aug-23




For reference, I'm measuring a finished Yew English longbow here now that I'm home. Deep and fully rounded, classic ELB style. It's 72" long, 55# @ 28". 1 1/8" wide and 1 1/8" deep at the arrow pass. At mid-limb it's 13/16" deep.





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