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Hi everyone. I am new to this site and new to model making. I recently retired as a Bowyer and Fletcher, so I was looking for a new hobby to do in my workshop. I bought a kit from eBay and started with the Constructo HMS Victory. I have only been working on it for a few weeks, but I am absolutely hooked. I have woodworking skills but no experience of metal working, so I will be scouring this site for hints and tips. 

I saw Phillip Reed on YouTube and was stunned by the work he was doing. So .... I will continue with the Victory, but I will also be starting on the Triton Section. I will put up a Triton log as soon as I have started it. 


I have looked through a couple of the Triton Section builds on this site. I am impressed with the workmanship, but also the camaraderie and help from other members. So I have a couple of questions for you. 

First, I have timber which I used for the English longbows which I used to make. I was wondering which you consider the best for constructing models. The timbers I have are as follows: Oak, Lemonwood, Padauk, Purpleheart, Mahogany, Bamboo, Ash, Teak, and Ipe. Looking forward to hearing your opinions. 

I was thinking of using one pale wood and one dark wood for the Triton Section. 


Secondly, I have a Proxxon table saw. The narrowest blade is 0.5mm. But I have seen at least one of you guys mentioning a 0.3mm blade for this machine - can you tell me where I can get one of these from. 


Really looking forward to starting the scratch build, but I just need to finish off my last longbow. 

Just thought I would put in a couple of photos of the bows and arrows I have been making. (Bows are not the easiest to photograph on account of being so long!!!)





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Super welcome.  Love your introduction.  What an interesting profession!!!   


For wood, padauk, and maybe lemonwood.  Bamboo for treenails.  In general, the smaller the grain the better.  Oak definitely not a good choice as is ash a poor choice.  Not sure on some of the others.  I had used teak any years ago as I had a free source and the project required teak wood work for the client.  It worked quite well although a little grainy.  The color is gorgeous.   As to sources of anything, I assume you are in Gateshead in the UK, so hopefully UK members will reach out to you.


Again, welcome aboard




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Lynn,  Check out the wood forum here and maybe post about what you have.  I am sure there are folks reading posts on that forum that may not have checked the new member forum posts.

You can also just type in Sitka Spruce in the search bar at the top of the page and posts about it will come up for you.


Anxious to see your build log!!



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