Here is new bow I just completed as a gift for my father-in-law. It is a self bow made from red elm, 58" nock-to-nock and pulls #32 @ 25 inches or so. I glued a piece of black walnut to the belly side of the handle and painted some designs on the limbs and nocks.
I use softer wood (pine) faced to both sides of an 8" carpenters vise on both sides with a groove cut to match edge of the stave. As the stave takes shape, I have other pieces with grooves (close to) that match. Works great. I also have 2 pieces that fit the (almost) finished bow so I can string it up to measure pull and top/bottom bow curve. Course, these 2 pieces fit not on the sides, but the front and handgrip and are short enough to allow draw (as if) in-hand.
It is amazing the difference a quality rasp can make. I recently picked up a Universal Bowyer's Rasp from Dean Torges and am thoroughly impressed. It makes quick work of reducing hard woods like osage without leaving deep tears like my old rasps.