OSAGE take down hunting bow (N0. 78)

Deflexed at handle and long slender hooks with self nocks. The cutting through the back is possible with an additional ring here. I have no access to snake skins or other fancy stuff but I have fish skins brought from a friend from a fishing trip in Denmark. The fish is atlantic cod, it was a mess to skin, scrape and dry the hide.

Glueing on was no problem, I added some linnen wrapping to give a definite begin and end. Some horn pieces are added at the handle to get a better line. Handle leather is salmon leather, dyed with several colors. While finishing with some layers of hardening oil I rubbed in some dark pigments at the handle to come away from that bright yeller of the fresh osage.

This was one of my best staves, I had to cut it down because I don’t have any billets anymore. It broke my heart but the result is quite o. k. Now I have some leftovers for handles or other things …

I’m thinking on shortening the hooks, don’t know yet …

 

 

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this was the stave, marked where to cut avoiding problem zones

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two billets and leftovers

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rings are super nice, very good early/late wood ratio and very homogen

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first reducing

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additional rings at handle and tips

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steamed in recurves, rough prepared for the sleeves, marked where to cut wood off

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asymmetrical, upper limb is 2″ longer than lower

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leaving the limbs rectangular at fades and some guidelines are a great help for installing the sleeves proper

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the sleeves have an egg shape and are fitting tight, the joints are cut in a 45° angle – makes a secure fit

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an installed loadstone (magnet) makes a click when the limbs are connected and prevents an unintentionally tear apart

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the second matching loadstone in the lower limb

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the loadstone are in a drilled out hole secured with super glue

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the deflexed (at handle( construction

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here is marked the chaised ring on the back, all material over the red line are the additional rings – needed for a proper fit in the sleeves

 

Now here is the finished bow …

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Comments

Chris Whittington

Beautifully done! I appreciate that you share your work and document it so well photographically- nothing speaks like good images. I would like to know about the take-down sleeves- were they purchased or did you make them yourself? I have spent some time trying to find metal tube that will fit together good enough to make a take-down sleeve.

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