OSAGE take down hunting bow (N0. 78) – Stonehill Primitive Bows

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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