Initial weight was 56lb, so I had a bit of thinning to do to get it to the desired 45lb.
After shaping the tips and handle and thinning it from the fades I got it down to 47lb. I am going to leave it there for now and get on with the final shaping and sanding.
The plan is to take a chamfer off the sides so that the edges of the yellow bamboo are visible as a piping line around the Black Walnut veneers. That should take it down to the 45lb and look stunning.
(I was going to use Osage orange instead of the yellow bamboo to give the bow the appearance of a chocolate orange. The Yellow Bamboo and Purpleheart version has already been christened Rhubarb and custard. And the idea of naming bows after deserts and confectionery instead of animals and birds is appealing.)
Anyway, I will try to finish the bow over the weekend and do some chrony tests with it. The initial shots in it’s roughed out form seem quite fast, so it will be interesting to see what the clock says.
This is a fantastic project. Its a 12 key Rumba Box and it is going to be the Bass instrument in new recordings of some old Freddy Nelson classics such as County Lady, Too Far Out Too Far In, The Long Way Home, and many more.
We have been working on it today and we got the main body put together and the bridge cut out. The bridge is solid American White Ash and the body is hardwood ply with an internal frame.