elderberry longbow, 57#/28″ (No. 23)

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62″ntn, 57#/28″, bendy and not narrowed handle. Arrow pass is marked with an inlay of stone powder/glue mixture. This was an oval shaped stave, using the flatter side. The other half was not usable (rotten). At handle section is the exact half of the stave, you can see the half diameter pith groove. The woodRead more

elderberry flatbow with cherry bark backing, 52#/28″ (No. 22)

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This flatbow is backed with 3 strips of cherry bark, spliced under the wraps. It is 62½“ ntn and 52# /28″. First time bark backing for me, done with TBIII. The stave was about 2½“ in diameter and had a really thick pith, I drilled out the spongy material. Cross section is more or lessRead more

golden chain tree take down 53#/28″ (No. 21)

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This bow is made of billets, which are split out of an 40″ and 3″ diameter sapling. You sure know, golden chain tree has a wonderful contrast of heart and sap wood. So I decided to leave at least on tips and fade area a natural grown overlay of sap on the bow. Unfortunately theRead more

elm longbow, 120#/28″ (No. 20)

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The third bow in this row is really heavily heat treated, it has nearly the same dimensions as bow No. 2 – but came out with such a heavy drawweight I didn’t expect. See my stuggle and my grimace in the fd pic, this is somehow in the 90#. The bow is the bare stick,Read more

elm longbow 89#/28″, (No. 19)

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This bow is slightly heat treated and came out with 89#/28″. She had a drawweight of over 120# – no way for me old man, so I worked her down. One limb was deflex 1″, the other twisted 30°, all heated out . I removed about 10mm sap to come down and get the heartwoodRead more

elm longbow, 84#/28″ (No. 18)

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The first one is heavy heat treated and came out with 84#/28″. She had 74# before heat treating – gained 10# or 14%. A dogleg and a twist were heat corrected. In the stave were two large and deep holes nearby (rotten powdery stuff). I situated them in the handle area, which made it necessaryRead more

Elm west coast 53#/26″ (No. 17)

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elm heartwood, ntn 49″ bending handle, buckskin wrapping painted with natural pigments two layers sinew, wrapped at handle and below tips (red ) w/d: handle: 32/18 mm fade (3″): 48/14 mm midlimb: 50/11 mm below string kerf: 18/8 mm    Read more

elm flat 65#/28″ (No. 16)

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66,5″ ntn mass: 503grams stiff handle 4″ fade 7″ each w/d at handle: 22/45 at fadeout: 41/17   (7″ from handle) at midlimb: 38/15 at tip: 12/15 gentle heat treated, took about 1,5 “ set, swamp oak overlays, three colour dyed back, string 6 strands 452 X strengthened at the ears with 2 x 2 strandsRead more

osage D-bow for Laurin 35#/27″ (No. 15)

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This bow is for a young boy Laurin, Osage 54″ ntn, bending handle 35# / 27″ mass 290 gram handle built up with leather, 2 woodpecker feathers glued on with thinned tbIII. How to glue on feathers: see here.    Read more

Osage horse bow 45#/27″ (No. 14)

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My friend Chris asked me building a horse bow for him, specs should be: > no recurve ( I don’t know why) > drawweight about 45-50#/27″ drawlength Being no horse rider and no expert in horses I see some upcoming questions. my thoughts are: 1.) Bow has to be short, but long enough for 27″Read more

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