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shawn rackley

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I am not well versed in selfbows at all. I have always shot laminated or solid glass bows except the odd selfbow here and there. I am curious how u measure string set? Especially on selfbows that the back isn't essentially flat. And also what is too much string set, if there is such a thing. Thanks in advance folks
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Shawn:
It really doesn't matter if the back is not flat, 60" around a curve is still 60" when flat, Flemish strings are adjustable just twist them up or down accordingly. Sorry I've never heard of "String set"

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The amount of set the bow takes over time and after being strung. I guess stringfollow, except it is not built into the bow. I've just heard it called string set.
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Yep! that's string follow also,
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I used to just lay bow on its back on a flat surface like a table. Measure distance tips are off table. Most self bows will have slightly more when first unstrung. One inch was about all I wanted to see in my bows and 0 was my goal. More than an inch and the limbs were over stressed in tillering which is usually a design flaw in wood used,such as limb profile not wide enough, if it was known bow wood. When I first started making self bows I was not good at tillering and my bows had more than an inch of string follow but I still killed game with them.

If a self bow is left strung it will follow the string badly and ruin the bow.

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That bow is in a sweet spot. I shoot for no set back or string follow but in reality up to 1 inch string follow makes a mighty fine shooting bow. I have a caul that I heat my self bows over. It gives them 1.5 inches of set when clamped. Wood will spring back some. Off form I would usually have inch of set. After tiller and shooting in 0 to one inch of string follow was average.

A time or two some really good wood would keep the set, funny thing they usually ended up being given away I just didn't care for there manners

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Thanks guys, I really appreciate the replys, u all have answered my question.
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