osage lightning 62#/24″, (No. 13)

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Well, this is a bow I begun 3 years ago. Its old Osage and the heaviest and darkest I ever had, it was very oily but had a lot of drying cracks (vertical). The bow was several times piked and new tillered, because I was not satisfied with the result. So it became shorter andRead more

Osage hunting bow 80#/28″, (No. 12)

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The stave was very clean, only two little knots with no problems. Recurves are steam bent, selfnocks no overlay, handle porc leather. Cross section is rectangular and runs into triangular levers.  I personally like the willow leaf front profile (very long fades) and the eagle wing shape of the unbraced side profile. This bow isRead more

osage static recurve from junk 63#/29″, (No. 11)

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This piece of osage was laying around in my shop for years. It was a leftover from a regular stave, very thin in the middle (handle) and lot of deep cracks. there are also several groups of pin knots to manage. Some time ago I decided to give it a try. Steamed the recurves in,Read more

Osage asymmetric d-bow, crocodile handle, (Nr.10)

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Here is part 2, the asymmetric croc handled bow. It is also osage, made from a single piece, set back handle, flat belly, sinew backed, snake skin (don’t know the exact species, some watersnake …) very thin tips, sinew wrapped to hold down the backing. The arrowposition is the exact geometric middle of the bow,Read more

Osage symmetric d-bow, crocodile handle, (No. 9)

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Here comes the part 1: symmetry This bow is made out of billets (sisters) and has its geometric middle in the handle’s middle. I began this bow some time ago and finished her this weekend. Overlays are waterbuffalo, cross section is like an elb. 69″ ntn 67#/29″Read more

Osage hunting bow, HLD, 85#/26″ (No. 8)

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Here is an osage hunting bow with static recurves and hollow limb design.The stave was a nice coloured piece with some areas of several pin knots, but still holding up so far without problems. Recurves are steam bent, selfnocks no overlay, handle buckskin leather, bends slightly in the handle. Simple stick. cross section is likeRead more

juniper west coast style bow, HLD (No. 7)

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Some time ago i got an interesting piece of juniper (probably juniperus virginiana = eastern red ceder) with a lot of little picks on the back and an silvery shining surface (after debarking of course). The piece was not very long, so i decided to try a west coast style. The bow  is incredibly light,Read more

big elm flatbow 74#/28″ (No. 6)

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elm sapling bow, stave was about 5″ in diameter. It was harvested in late spring, so the back shows after debarking the early grain / fibres as a wonderful landscape like a field with a lot of humps and dumps. Yes, I know the early wood is not the best as back, but i couldRead more

Elderberry longbow 55#/28″ (No. 5)

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This bow is made for my friend Alpe. He was invited to an archery competion at the Haitabu museum area (see here: http://www.schloss-gottorf.de/haithabu ). So he needed an adequate real bow, not the glassbows he was used to use … I had no yew at that moment, the right wood for viking bows, so IRead more

Osage plains bow 62#/24″ (Nr. 4)

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This bow is several times heat corrected and untwisted, tips are slightly steamed back, backset by dry heat. Three layers of sinew covered with diamond back snake skin. Horse hair tassel on the upper nock. Handle is brown buckskin, hemp binding, underlay leather is red dyed moose. Arrow point is the glass of an oliveRead more

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