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    I read that primitive folks in northern regions used reaction wood from spruce or pine to make their bows. There were little to no suitable hardwoods for this in the regions and the reaction wood combined with sinew backing provided the strength.
    I haven't measured properties but if it is srtronger in compression it may be good for stability of top under the string load.
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    IIRC, reaction wood in conifers is stronger in compression while reaction wood in hardwoods is stronger in tension.
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    I am having a bit of trouble understanding reaction wood. I tried googling it without much success. Does it have to do woth the thickness of the winter vs summer growth?
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    Trees have the capability to optimize the location of xylem cells in response to a load (wind, gravity, etc). For example, a branch growing off the main trunk has a constant load of gravity acting in a downward direction. To support the load, conifers grow more xylem cells on the underside of the branch (in compression). Hardwoods have the opposite strategy: they grow more xylem cells on the top side (in tension). If you look at the cross section of a branch, it will usually be somewhat oval because the tree has grown xylem cells where they are optimized for strength. This is also one of the reasons trees have taper, because they are exposed to wind loading.

    I think "reaction wood" is better understood by looking at the entire annular growth increment, rather than just the difference between earlywood and latewood in conifers.
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    Getting close...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Getting close...
    Will it be bowlback? :-)

    Re reaction wood... In conifers, the reaction wood's cells have MUCH thicker cell walls and they contain different percentages of the main chemical constituents, I believe more hemicellulose and lignin than "normal" wood. So it's not just thicker summer growth.
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    In other woodworking, reaction wood, especially limbs, is avoided as the anisotropy makes it unstable after milling. That is, the object may warp. On the other hand, using the whole naturally bent limb or trunk can be the strongest, as in timberframe or ship construction. At least that’s what I recall.
    In another beautiful canoe tech, the very lightweight Adirondack guide boat, ribs are plucked from the forest in nearly their final shape, or used to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Getting close...
    That is stunningly beautiful, Charley!
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    Luminary night was held at the lighthouse last night and a couple from San Antonio Texas won the canoe on one five dollar ticket! They happened to be in town for the event and will make arrangements for pickup in the future. We still have to add brass stem covers and varnish it with UV marine varnish.
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    Nice Charles, I would love to paddle that is some of our lovely little streams here.
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    Wow, what a classy canoe. Would love to see it up close.

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    Lovely! Almost too nice to put in the close proximity of rocks in streams and rivers.
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    AH!... a Wee Lassie! I build one in college from cypress... an awesome little boat to paddle! Mine floated the Chattahoochee many times and now sits on display in my mother in-law's art studio!
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    I'm just trying to wrap my brain around the miles of glue joints . . . wow
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    Quote Originally Posted by tree View Post
    I'm just trying to wrap my brain around the miles of glue joints . . . wow
    Its not as complicated as it seems; Each strip is 3/4" x 1/4" and gets routed on the 1/4" : one side with a cove and the other with a bead, so they fit together pretty seamlessly.
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    Thanks everyone for the kind words. It came in at 34 lbs. Our goal was 35.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    ...It came in at 34 lbs. Our goal was 35.
    One extra pound of gear and there's you goal! (Might be just about a six pack...)

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    How about miles of mortar?
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    Playing with compound curves. In the spirit of “if you dont use it, you lose it”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Luminary night was held at the lighthouse last night and a couple from San Antonio Texas won the canoe on one five dollar ticket! They happened to be in town for the event and will make arrangements for pickup in the future. We still have to add brass stem covers and varnish it with UV marine varnish.
    BADA$$$$ Charles!!!!

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    Finally finish this F5 inspired mandolin. Only took 3 years.

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    A lowly Kay mandolin in need of a neck reset. I used a foam cutter to heat the dovetail pocket plus some drops of water to generate steam. I also have the heat rod that requires a larger hole to insert. I haven't used my steam setup so much since going with the heat rod method.
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    'Been practicing spraying color for my first sunburst over aluminum & getting excited over the possibilities. This one isn't gonna be your granny's same old same old old brown bass!
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