i was screwin around in shop class the other day and found a piece of walnut that had been ripped off a big piece of walnut. the board was bowed real bad so the small piece had a perfect bow to it. i decided to make a long bow out of it. its very stiff. does walnut have enough flex to actually use this thing or is it just going to be brittle and break. i'm going to make it either way. if walnut isnt safe to use i'll just make it pretty and hang it on my wall. if it is safe i might try shooting it. what do you all think? what are most long bows made out of? i know most bows (recurves expecially) are steamed to get the shape but does a long bow really have much of a permanent curve to it like a recurve? do i need to figure out a way to steam it? will this make it more flexible?