Osage Golden Brown 62#/28” (Nr. 68)
The stave was a very well seasoned piece of osage with lots of character there, humps and bumps, snaky curves, changing crown and some twist – caused into a lot of correction work (all done with the heat gun). The stave was too thin at handle, so I glued on a piece of matching osage. I tried to get invisible, but if you look close you can see it.
The stave /bow was rough tillered before fuming (with ammonia). The whole thing came out pretty well black/dark brown. It was in the fuming tube for 5 days. The tillering process brought out a nice golden brown on the belly side.
She is a asymmetrical flattie with steamed in gentle recurves. Cross section is more or less recangular, particularly with concave belly depending on the changing crown, tapering out into triangular outer tips.
One additional ring on the tips works like a kinda natural grown overlay and allows at the handle a sharp rounded back.
She is 59” long and pulls 62#/28”
The pics do not justice to the beauty of that bow, belief me. Belongs to the light, sometimes the back of this bow looks deep dark as night, sometimes it shimmers like a golden brown (can you hear The Stranglers?).
EDIT August 2017:
I like to shoot this bow very much. So I decided to make her an arrow shelf, a special one. I have some bronze broadheads (for necklace) and thought the color is very well matching to the bow. After some bending at the blade it followed the curve of the handle. I did a particularly inlay, the shaft is working as an arrow shelf and comes quite enough out of the handle for the arrow diameter. Here are some pics: