Chapter 3: Handle and Fades
The fades are the transition between the stiff handle and the bending limb. Nice smooth fades are not only good looking but also serve an important function while withstanding an immense amount of pressure.
Make your fades carefully so that your handle doesn’t pop off when you’re shooting. I’m making 2” long fades, to either side of the handle. This leaves us with an 8” stiff handle section: 4” of handle, and two 2″ fades. Later on we’ll carve the fades to be slightly longer than 2” that way all the bending from the limbs is kept away from the glue line in the handle, which is not designed to bend.
Imagine rolling a ball down the fades and the limbs. The path should be smooth with no abrupt angles, and the path should be downhill the whole entire way. For this design, the limbs should never get thicker as you go from the handle towards the tips.
Next I’m gluing on the handle riser. This is an 8 inch long piece from the end of the same board. Any yellow wood glue should be fine for the job.
Soon we’ll be continuing with the layout of the tips, and actually start carving away wood, but before that let’s talk about tools.