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Re: what oil is best for a yew longbow please

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:29 pm
by thekingmaker
i was bought a yew long bow for my birthday and it shots lovely.
My wife and me a bow bag from caleco which i keep it in unstrung when it not in use but as i am new at real longbow ( i mean made from wood) as my other bows iv had in the past have been recurve bows made of fiberglass so i need help in looking after my yew longbow as iv not had one before so can any one please help me out with advice on how to keep it good working order. i know you are ment to keep them oiled but i would like to know whats the best oil to use and how to put it on the bow .i mean do i pour it on the bow and let it soke in or do i pour the oil on a cloth and rub it on the bow that way as if i was polishing it :crazy: . i would also like to ask how often do you recomend i do i oil the bow.

and help will be great as i need it lol as im new to wooden bows and im going to stick to them as i find they shot better.

thanks for your time and i hope someone out there can help me out. :D

Re: what oil is best for a yew longbow please

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:28 am
by Alan E
I've been told that oil will soften the wood. Best thing (if it isn't varnished) is to use beeswax: Melt some and dip a cloth in, allow to cool. Use bees-wax'd cloth to polish the bow. Friction will warm it enough to leave a thin layer, which will protect against damp and prevent the last vestiges of moisture drying out (so the bow remains flexible).

If it's varnished, jst dust it occasionally :D

For traditional care of the longbow, get a copy of Toxophilus by Roger Ascham.

Re: what oil is best for a yew longbow please

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:41 am
by Hobbitstomper
Parafin ir diesel oil.

Soak liberally and apply match. Lovely and warm. Don't sit downwind as yew probably doesn't have nice smoke.

Re: what oil is best for a yew longbow please

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:14 pm
by alfred the bowyer
Danish oil makes a good seal, and can be polished up with beeswax, keep the bow flat in a cool place or hang from one knock

Re: what oil is best for a yew longbow please

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:24 pm
by EnglishArcher
Celestino Poletti uses goose fat to seal his bows. Or you could go all 'Bronze Age' and use pig's blood, like Oetzi ('The Ice Man").

:D

Re: what oil is best for a yew longbow please

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:55 pm
by drawknife
Use boiled linseed oil (not raw linseed oil as it does not dry). It will not soften the wood.
Put a thin layer on with a lint free cloth, hang it up, let it dry overnight or until dry and rub with a dry cloth.
Do this every month and if it gets wet, dry it and do straight away. If it gets scratched do it straight away.
Beeswax goes cloudy after a while.

Re: what oil is best for a yew longbow please

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:06 pm
by Honourius III
I have two bows over thirty years old anther one fifteen years old. I have never rubbed any oil into any of my bows. However I do re-varnish them when needed. A little tip to help with you bow when in its bag is to make a little cone shaped cap out of a scrap of leather to go over the knock. It will need cord tie long enough to go down around the bowstring and tie in a bow near the cap drawing the bow string tight. This will stop the string coming off when the bow is pulled out of its bag.
Good shooting