Fumed ash HLD, 72#/28″ (No. 52)

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Do you guys know about to dye with ammonia? In Germany you can buy ‚Räuchereiche‘, translated word by word it means: smoked oak. It has nothing to do with real smoke, but  is a chemical reaction of ammonia with the tan acids in the wood. The more acid in the wood, the better reaction. IRead more

Fancy boo backed ERC, 46#/27″ (No. 51)

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You can find the making of this bow here! The next steps: The whole thing turned out a bit short with the stiff handle, I tried to lengthen the bow with the backing and additional underlay. Both, the backing and the underlays were steam bent, they should work as stiff levers of a mild static.Read more

ERC: „MOM N‘ DAD“ (NO. 49+50)

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These are two sinewed ERC (Eatern red cedar) short bows with short recurves, tips and handle were sinew wrapped and some dark brown pigments were applied when glue still was wet. Both got a paint job with same pigments on the back in an opposing triangle pattern. At least some muskrat fur strips on handleRead more

Boo Backed Osage, 66#/28″ (No. 48)

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For some time this bow No. 11 was one of my favs. Unfortunately I hit a rock with the back of the upper limb while falling with the full equipment. A big dent was in the limb, after a while further shooting a rack begun to develop. I made her a sinew patch and aRead more

Osage static, 55#/28″ (No. 47)

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This bow is asymmetrical with a positive tiller of about 7 mm. Limbs are dead flat on belly, on the back a shallow crown. The fades are 6” long (widest part of limb – to handle). String groove filed into the levers. It was a nice clean stave, only two pin knots with no problems.Read more

Cornus mas flat, 55#/28″ (No. 46)

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This is another cornus mas bow, in this case a flat with stiff outer limbs. I have several staves from that wood and will try to find out the best matching design. The wood is extreme dense and heavy. The back has some character with humps and bumps, the remaining cambium sparks add a bitRead more

Cornus mas shorty, 51#/24″ (No. 45)

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I’ve got some cornus mas staves and try to find the best design for that heavy dense wood. Here is a try at a plains style, short  (48“ ntn) and flat with a little flipped tips. It came out as a very snappy little bow, the full draw pic is not the limit, I shootRead more

Osage deflex reflex 46/28 (No. 44)

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This osage bow went out as a 70. birthday present for a friend. The osage was out of my dark fat stuff with orange stripes – my favorite kind of osage! It is a very beautiful piece of wood, a bit bumpy, a bit snakey and a hole makes a nice charakter. I had toRead more

Osage working recurve, 48#/28″ (No. 43)

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The wood is very nice, dark osage. It is reflexed about 4½“, the recurves are working. Tip overlays are antler of roe, I found two matching opposing pieces. Two cluster knots areas were wrapped as a precaution. Arrowpass is bone. The bow is asymetrical and 60½“ long.  Read more

Black locust lever bow 41#/28″ (No. 42)

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This bow is made out of billets, which are seasoned over 60 years. When I got my hands on this wood it was a trunk about 40” long and 10” in diameter. It was standing in a dark cellar for all the years. When I touched it the bark fell off like powder – neverRead more

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