By request: Ipe backed with silk. The backing is probably unnecessary, but it adds very little limb weight and since this is not a flight bow I'm not worried about it anyway. It drew 55#@34'' when I last measured it, more than enough to take any game I want here in FL. I draw this bow to in a traditional manner and not to to my chin or ear hence the long draw (though I do have monkey arms @ 6'3"). My plan is to make two or three more but increase the poundage with each one till I hit 120#. That was about the minimum poundage from the bows they found on the HMS Mary Rose. Why do I want to make a 120# English War Bow? Because I can and want to!