Bamboo has been used for centuries in the manufacture of bows, most notably in the cores of some Asian composite bows, and the unique, beautiful 'yumi' of Japan.
The fast-shooting 'Tapzhu' (two-piece)or 'Changzhu' (one-piece) of Bhutan illustrate the outstanding quality of the basic material, and the skills of the bowmaker are apparent in their performance (no ordinary species of bamboo, this!)
Sylvan Archery has been using bamboo for over 10 years, initially to overcome some problems with the quality of available hickory, but increasingly through a respect for the material. While hickory is available, bamboo has become the favourite material for backing bows -and for the bellies of the deluxe flatbows.
The best quality bamboo is split from poles which are selected for the purpose. The finished appearance can vary, depending on the type of bamboo and the way it has been treated to remove the natural sugars. Some lathes have natural figuring which enhances the appearance of the bow
The nodes on Sylvan bows are usually left proud to enhance the character of this fine bow material.
Bamboo must be carefully sanded, taperd and checked for bend before building it into a stave.
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