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Hi all,

I've (nearly) completed making my first traditional longbow. It is bamboo backed with yellowheart as the belly wood. I've had it on the tiller with a longer string for several weekends and worked it to what looks like an even curve that pulls about 55 pounds. Question for anyone who can give me advice: I have the nocks very even on both ends and centered along the centerline of the bow, but when I pull the bow with the short string the string sits off center by about 1/2 inch. That is - the string is not running down the center of the bow when it is nocked. The only thing I can think of is that the bow has a subtle difference in the amount of bend causing it to twist slightly...any suggestions from the group would be much appreciated!

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Flip it over see how it shoots off the other side ... sounds like one of your limbs is thicker on one side than the other , causing a twist when bent ... It happens ... remove wood (carefully) on the side of the belly towards the twist ...
 
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