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    Whoopie Bow String??

    I know this is not hammock related, but I just had an idea!!

    I've made wooden bows before and made bowstrings, but I just thought, what if you used Amsteel/whoopie sling for a bow string? Super strong, and easily adjustable to get the right brace height (which is the distance from the grip to the string)

    I haven't physically seen Amsteel yet, so I don't know if the diameter is small enough for a arrow nock, but it should be.

    Just something I thought of to spread ideas from hammocks into other aspects of life.

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    I don't think this will work too well but I've been wrong before. Probably several times just today.

    I was/am ignorant about typical bow string diameters, but I found some for sale that is ".014 diameter". I assume this is in inches... consider that 1/8" is .125 inches...

    I'm also fairly ignorant about what is available in hollow-core Amsteel, but I THINK the smallest is 7/64 which would seem crazy big for a bow string. It comes out to something like .11 inch, 7.8x the diameter of what I'd expect would make a good bow string.

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    You could use Lash-It, which is 1.75mm (slightly smaller than my long bow string), but there is no point to making it a whoopie.
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    Hmmm, this got me curious.

    I pulled out TeeDee's crossbow and compared the string to 2 mm Dynaglide. From a visual comparison, the Dynaglide is slightly smaller in diameter. I know the crossbow string is dyneema or spectra, but I have no idea what the breaking strength is.

    As far as using a whoopie? Do not really know how it would work in that application. The sudden application of a large force when the bow snaps back could be quite a bit different from the normal applications for a whoopie. Seems like you would have an increasing force as the bow is drawn, then a sudden release of the forces on release of the string and then a huge spike in force as the bow limbs snap back all the way.

    Only way to tell though would be to make up a whoopie and use it. Safely of course in case something breaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiredFeet View Post
    Only way to tell though would be to make up a whoopie and use it.
    Why a whoopie?

    Bowstrings have an eye on each end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEntyre View Post
    Why a whoopie?

    Bowstrings have an eye on each end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEntyre View Post
    Why a whoopie?

    Bowstrings have an eye on each end.
    Why? Because that is the question asked in the first post.

    Would a whoopie be better or equal? That is another question.

    I have a hard time imagining the large adjustable eye on the whoopie staying on the bow though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEntyre View Post
    You could use Lash-It, which is 1.75mm (slightly smaller than my long bow string), but there is no point to making it a whoopie.
    What about during the tillering process of making a bow.
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    To adjust the brace height on a bow that has a string with two eyes you usually twist or untwist the string. In theory the OP thinks a whoopie would allow adjustment with out removing and twisting/untwisting the string. I don't know if it would work. I would not want to be the first to try it either.
    Last edited by Bubba; 09-06-2010 at 20:22.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odds View Post
    A whoopie would allow adjustment with out removing ...the string.
    No, you would have to remove the string to unload the whoopie. Otherwise, it won't adjust.

    Using a whoopie to make such a small adjustment (equal to a few twists of a regular bowstring) is like using pliers to wind your watch.

    (Remember when we used to have to wind our watches?)
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