Recently, I discovered a great lumber store that sells lots of suitable bow woods. I ran across this fine hickory board, and grabbed it up. Nice mix of heartwood and sapwood. I had it cut in half and came home with enough wood to (possibly) build 6 bows. I am going to start off this journey by making at least 3 Bamboo baked Hickory bows. And, I figured I'd post the build along here. Here is a pic of the two boards. Fairly strait grain, but since I'm backing it it will be strait enough. I haven't worked with hickory like this before, and I'm not entirely sure about the differences between heartwood and sapwood. But, if I pull it off, it will be a Calico bow! First run at a layout, this is where the number of bows comes in. I do a simple layout, just rectangles at this point, and mark the back and belly as well as a centerline. Another shot of the endgrain. These are quartersawnish/riftsawnish boards. Another look from the top. Note the one with BACK on it on the one board. The edge had some tearout on it, so I marked it to account for that. When tillering later, that tearout will go away. roughly 61 inches long. I wish now that I had cut the board a little longer, and had 3 6 foot pieces and 3 4 foot pieces to make some kid bows and give me some extra length to play with on the heavier bows, but hindsight and all that jazz. Going to cut out the rough blanks. I have a very crappy jigsaw, but it's better than the absolute trash of a circular saw I have. The cuts came out rough, and I had to deal with that. That will be explained in the next post.