Hello all. I build archery equipment in my garage. One wouldn't think that doing that sort of thing wouldn't be exerting, but I can attest that its seriously physical work a times and I usually end up sweating like crazy.
I am unsure how to classify it: IE cardio vs strength. There is a selection from the pull down menu in the fitness tracker called "Archery/Hunting", but when I add it my caloric intake numbers skyrocket, and now I can't seem to get that last 300 calories in without wanting to turn an arrow onto myself in order to alleviate the pressure.
Anyhoo... Can anyone take a guess as to the calorie burn from carving wood staves or tillering a newly crafted bow? For those that are unfamiliar with the process, I start from a 4 to 5 inch round, 5.5 foot log. I split the log down the middle (Hopefully), and then split the halves into quarters... and then wait for 6 months. These are the staves from which I carve out a bow.
The carving process involves dragging a draw-knife at first, which removes a lot of the unwanted wood. Back and forth from end to end until the general shape emerges. It can take days. Once the basic shape is there, I use rasps and files to get it even more refined. This process is days as well. Finally, once the limbs are clearly there and the grip is roughed in, I start to remove small amounts of wood until the limbs bend equally, and the desired draw weight is more or less achieved. There is a lot of drawing the bow and shaving wood... drawing the bow and shaving wood. From this point its strictly sand paper and fine files.
I thinks its fair to say that I can spend hours on my feet and hours on my butt... but I am constantly moving and although it sounds like towards the end the strenuous aspects taper off, they do not. In fact I think there is more resistance from using the finer tools than the ones that remove chunks at a time.
I hope I have imparted a decent amount of information for someone more learned than I to estimate the calorie burn. I don't need exact numbers. Close is close enough.
Thanks in advance for any help here. I am lost in the math quite frankly.
Edited by: THUD71 at: 8/6/2013 (15:55)
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