Depends on who you ask, what type "bamboo" they are using, etc. I talked to a hobby bowyer just last Saturday and he was saying he'd been having a lot of trouble with bamboo cracking. Then some bowyers swear by it.1Badshot said the bamboo lamination cracked. It this a common thing to happen?
Sometimes it's a generic term used for pretty much any type primitive bow that is made only from natural materials. A more strict definition is a bow that is made from one piece of wood (stave), or two pieces spliced together (billets). My selfbow is made from an osage stave with deer antler tip overlays and a piece of antler set in the riser for an arrow rest.What is a selfbow?
It's a design where the limbs bend toward you (deflex) then back away (reflex). Every Hill style bow I've seen had straight limbs or mildly reflexed limbs. A properly made deflex/reflex design will be faster with less handshock--basically it's putting some of the good aspects of a recurve into a longbow. Some folks refer to this as a "hybrid", although there have been cave drawings found (in Spain, I think) of a deflex/reflex longbow.Can you explain what reflex/deflex means?