I have a Vine Maple "stave" drying that I cut down on my little chunk of property about 2-3 weeks ago. Sometime in probably July I'd like to start trying my hand at making a selfbow with this wood. This will be the first bow I've ever attempted to build.
In the meantime, I've been watching videos, and I bought a couple of Traditional Bowyer's Bible volumes I'm waiting for in the mail. Been reading build-alongs an various other message boards, trying to learn as much as I can.
Was wondering if anyone here builds bows, and if they have any thoughts and advice on bow making?
Any advice on dealing with knots, heating & bending wood, things like that?
Any advice on "must have" types of tools, or a vice?
Finally, any photos and stories about any bow(s) you may have built?