This Bow Tillering setup makes it easy to stand back, bend your bow easily and watch that the limbs bend evenly. Unlike a basic T-shaped tillering stick, your bow is not held under strain for any longer than necessary. Holding the bow for too long under strain while under construction can lead to excessive string follow. Tillering itself is the process of bending the bow, making sure both limbs are bending evenly, and then shaving & scraping small amounts of timber at a time to match up the bending rates. Apologies for varying volume. Comments, questions & requests for future videos welcome, although I am still on my bowmaking L plates so I can't promise too much :-)
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The Contend SL1has a top grade ALUXX-SL alloy frame, carbon forks, carbon seatpost, 11 speed Shimano 105 gearing and hydraulic disc brakes. It retails for $1899 in Australia. This is my first road bike so I can’t offer in-depth rider feedback as I have no other road bikes to compare it to, except to say that I did 40kms today easier than I've ever done in my life, and when I got off the bike, my (skinny) legs felt like I could do it all again with ease. My butt wasn’t sore either so that speaks to the comfort of the frame and carbon seatpost. I’ve only ever ridden mountain bikes for exercise and commuting, and I now understand why people love road bikes so much. I should have bought one years ago :-)
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Vertical bamboo floorboards can be used to make decent performing beginner bows. It's a great material for learning with as it's cheap, usually easy to source, and easy to work with hand tools. If you're interested in trying your hand at bowmaking, give this stuff a go to learn the basics of shaping and tillering.
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This excerpt show how to mark your nocks, cut a guide line, then work them out with a round rat-tail file. Final finishing and smoothing can be done by tightly rolling up some 80 grit sandpaper, then using that to smooth the inside of the nocks.
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Making a braided Flemish Twist bowstring from Dacron B-50, for use on a wooden selfbow made from vertical bamboo floorboards. See my other video for Serving the string. Informally filmed and roughly edited, the content is more important than the style :-) Comments and questions welcome, I'm not the instructor but will attempt to answer any questions you may have. Comments from idiots will be removed.
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A short review of the ByK E-350 bike we bought for our 5 year old son. ByK is an Australian company making high quality bikes for young kids. They focus on light weight and easy rolling thanks to their alloy frame and large wheel sizes. My son loves his "golden bike" and we've already done lots of kilometres on them. He loves how fast he can go now! I'm very limited with my video making abilities but hopefully this video provides some helpful information for parents.
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The Grey Company of Western Australia enjoying a day of target archery and combat archery. Think of it as medieval paintball :-) Combat starts at 1:30 PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS WITHOUT STRICT SAFETY MEASURES AND INSURANCE. All our fighters are 18+ and our safety rules are extremely strict. As a result we've never had a serious injury playing combat archery. Investigate your local re-enactment club or SCA barony for more information. The footage is often shaky but it was filmed by a man (Johnno67) in a full-face helmet on uneven terrain!
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Testing the fire arrows a friend and I made, unfortunately during daytime in a break in the rain and not at night as planned. Winter *shrug* The arrows are 9mm hardware store dowel, the heads we made ourselves, and the fuel is cotton shirt soaked (and still wet) in linseed oil. Next time the fabric will be thicker, the linseed will be allowed to dry first, and it'll be night time if the weather co-operates!
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A short review of the ByK E-450 bike we bought for our 7 year old daughter. ByK is an Australian company making high quality bikes for young kids. They focus on light weight and easy rolling thanks to their alloy frame and large wheel sizes. My daughter absolutely loves her new bike and having gears makes her feel like a big kid :-) And the "granny gear" really does make a big difference on the hills. I'm very limited with my video making abilities but hopefully this video provides some helpful information for parents.
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