Eastern red cedar longbow 36#/28″ (No. 28)

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This is the first of two bows coming from one stave (see here: http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,40092.0.html ). This is the main split from the backside of the stave. Chris (blackhawk) and Josh (Gun Doc) gave me the advice to back that wood (it’s only heartwood, no sap) and I did so. In this case it is backedRead more

bow/quiver/arrow set for my wife 40#/28″ (No. 27)

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Bow: osage static recurve. Limbs have a lenticular cross section, widest part of the limbs are exactly midlimb. No heat treating, but some heat corrections. Levers are 45° reinforced with inserted horn wedge, recurve kink reinforced with horn underlay (steamed), overlay also water buffalo horn, string bridge is leather reinforced with thin super glue. VeryRead more

yew west coast paddle 58#/22″ (No. 26)

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Got a yew (3“ diam., 45“ long) with very wide rings, so semi good bowwood. I decided, to give up my first idea – cutting billets – , but give a west coast paddle a try … I cut out the middle section of the diameter with the sap on, limbs are 3” at theRead more

elderberry longbow, 52#/28″, (No. 24)

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made from an extraordinary stave with a s-shape in front profile naturally grown. The s- shape fits perfect as handle, arrow pass is in the upper  curve and nearly centered. The upper limb was a sabre, is heat corrected. Nice brown cloud in handle area comes from a rotten zone nearby. Cross section is aRead more

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

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