Staining with Ironchloride

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I always work on many bows simultaneously. Lately tried one and the same stain on different wood species. You see the colors are quite different belonging to the species. I suppose it has to do with the different tan acids in the bow and the different amount of acids. Don’t ask for the recipe, IRead more

how to use a knot hole in a tip

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On one of the lastest plains bows was a hole from a little branch, just where the string was meant to be sitting. This is not a drilled hole -it is natural. Instead of carving a pin nock or something else, this hole was used for the lower string fixing. Here are some pics fromRead more

how to make a fishskin handle

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Here are a few pics how I do a fishskin handle, with snake skin or cherry bark it is the same process. In this case it is a plains style bow and a skin from atlantic cod.   First work is to measure the exact location of the handle (skins + leather edging), masking withRead more

buildalong from bow (No. 91) „Tree Toes“

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I think a wide limbed osage is possible, if it is short enough. Two things have to be saved, the mass and the length of the lever. Saving mass can be achieved by narrowing the outers and short leverage of course by short limbs. So let’s see … I had a nice clean and moreRead more

Arrow pass buildalong (artifical stone)

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Here I show how I do artifical stone inlays as arrow pass. We need epoxi, earth pigments – which is nothing else than stone powder, and some tools to cut the inlay. In this case the arrow pass is to be made for a hazel bow, No. 30 (see here), which has a stained backRead more

Homemade take down sleeves

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I always make my own take down sleeves out of some steel pipes. Formerly I did them with a 90° cut, nowadays I prefer a 45° on the inner pipe (which is for the upper limb). When you make the bow asymmetrical (1″ above and 3″ below geometrical center for the handle) you will endRead more

Making of a take down hunting bow (No. 75)

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This bow is my attempt at a bow trade at the Primitive Archer forum. I really felt honored being invited to take part at the „1. Annual Primitive Archer Invitational“. This bow is thought to be a hunting bow, and in a take down version. My thoughts about a bushbow are: not too long, dullRead more

osage sinewed shorty with static recurves (No. 71) BUILDALONG

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Well, I always wanted a flat sinewed short osage with static tips. Finally found a suitable nice clean stave with no knots or other complications. The statics are steamed in and the whole stick got an gentle increasing reflex with the heat gun. Everything went without any problems, even string alignment was o. k. NowRead more

osage static buildalong (No.47)

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You can see here: This is a making of a new static, how I usually do it. How I do steam bendings Corrections with heat gun Handle glue on Bone inlay as arrowpass   I’m aiming for about 60#. The stave is very nice, but a little twisted and a sabre One side shows growthRead more

Fuming experiments

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What is fuming? Fuming is a process not with fire or smoke. Fuming means to treat the wood with ammonia damps. In Germany some wood species are available as fumed wood, for example ‚Räuchereiche‘ which means translated fumed oak. This wood is very dark, it is not dyed or stained, the color come from aRead more

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