Thuja longbow ‚Porcupine‘ 36#/26″ (No. 130)

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The local bio junk container from the local community is a never ending resource for staves. Always find the most curious things there. Someone has cut down his thuja hedge. I found a trunk with a lot of branches just on one half side (obvious exposed to the sunlight), the other side was clear (obviousRead more

Osage gnarly ELB-style 62#/28” (No. 129)

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The next few bows will be ELB style, here’s the first made from osage. Staves like this are from free standing young trees, full of branches. They make very characterful bows, in this case with lots of holes. Some going through, some not. The wood is gnarly with a wavy grain and changing crown, lookingRead more

Osage character recurve 51#/28″ (No. 128)

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This bow comes from a marginal stave, but full of character (or imperfections in other words). It needed some heating and steaming sessions for corrections. Here is the documentation of the process. In the end it is now a fine bow with a lot of character remaining, what makes the tiller looking weird from someRead more

Osage flatbow with croc grip 49#/26” (No. 127)

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This is a simple flattie with nice even reflexed limbs, but has lot of character. In the upper limb are two little holes. She got a self nocks for a rustic look, the upper is a side nock. I renounced on building up the handle portion, here are three pieces of croc leather mounted withRead more

Dogwood “Canoe” HLD, 42#/24” (No. 126)

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The HLD cross section limbs are tapering into rectangular cross section at tips and slightly dished at the handle. This bow is incredible light and springy, by my feel a very good performer. It took no set at all. Nearly no side taper, only at the last three inches at tips. It is slightly narrowedRead more

Golden chain tree character flat bow 40#/26″ (No. 125)

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The draw length of this bow is limited to 26”, as the stave was a crooked thing about 62½” and about 2½” thick. Only one side (half) of the stave was useable. You can see the pith in the fade area. It was also twisted like hell. Last but not least it has a changingRead more

Osage flipped plains “Beaver” 30#/24” (No. 124)

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The flipped tips are steamed in, side corrections and untwist is done with the heatgun. The stave was just a sliver from a regular stave. Back is painted with thin paint of earth pigments, then particularly sanded to achieve a used look. Upper nock is a side nock (beaver mouth), lower nock is diamond shaped.Read more

Golden chain tree gullwing stick 23#/24” (No. 123)

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The stave for this little bow came half from the trunk and half from a branch (see sketch). I found the whole little tree in the bio chunk container and couldn’t resist to take that golden chain tree with me. All the corrections and curving was done with the heatgun. The deflex of the upperRead more

Euonymus sapling kids bow 39#/26” (No. 122)

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This little sapling with only 1” diameter at handle came from my garden while clearing the hedge. It was cut last autumn. Two huge knots, one I could layout in the handle the other is lower midlimb. Some minor knots are on the upper limb. I let the knotted areas stiffer and accepted a shorterRead more

Elder sapling 20#/26” (No. 121)

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A little boy came to me asking for making a bow out of his “spear”. It was an elder sapling just one inch in diameter at the thicker end. I split in halves and on the belly you can see pith channel. I didn’t hollow out anything – it is the natural furrow. The bowRead more

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