Howto’s – Stonehill Primitive Bows

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

buildalong of a HLD bow (No. 33)

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In this thread you can see several things how I do it: a buildalong of a hollow limb design bow how to make a take down sleeve and how to attach it how to make a integrated horn wedge to stiffen up the tips how to make a sinew/rawhide nock HLD = hollow limb designRead more

Osage snakey static out of an imperfect stave (No. 57)

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A stave with every sort of imperfections in the beginning …. – twisted 90° – pronounced dogleg 30° – abrupt reflex on the other limb 20° – side kinks – holes – a kinda waist (from a big branch) at the bending part of one limb that thing is 71“ long. My first thought wasRead more

Boo backed ERC out of slats

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This is the making of bow (No. 51). Some months ago a friend asked wether I would like to have a branch of a juniper which he had to cut away as it was broken down by a storm. And of corse I did. He brought a piece, kinda a quarter of a stave withRead more

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