BL recurve 45/28 (No.88)

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The billets for this bow came from a very old black locust trunk, seasoned + 75 years. The color of that wood is just beautiful like honey, not that more or less olive brown I usually have here. The grain shows up nicely. On the lower limb are two cluster knots, one of them securedRead more

Osage recurve for Konny, 40#/28″ (No. 36)

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I found a nice piece of flickered Osage in my pile, kinda natural camo. The stave needed a lot of corrections , twist and sideways. The recurves are steam bent. A nice pair of cow horn overlays were put on. They have a 3 d effect, nearly transparent, a bit like mother of pearl. NeverRead more

Elm longbow 66/28 (No. 34)

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This is red elm harvested in early summer, so it has very nice early wood on the back. Lots of little warts are on the back and matching little pin knots on the belly – looking like pepper. A beautiful piece of wood. I have dyed the early wood with brown and black, when dryRead more

osage bush bow 55#/28″ (No. 31)

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This stave had a natural grown ‚knee‘ nearly in the middle with lots of curly grain (3 knots) in that area, therefore I decided to go for a stiff handle asymmetrical r/d bow with very short fades. The lower limb came out of the knee in a tangential way – I heated in the sameRead more

Hazel sapling flatbow HLD 49#/28″, (No.30)

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Simple hazel stick, with natural grown 2″ setback handle, stave was exact 2″ in diameter. This stick came out of a bunch of hazel staves I used to have for working with kids. Most of that staves were debarked – some not. This caused the problem. Someday I noticed bugs/worms on the barked ones. IRead more

Eastern red cedar longbow 36#/28″ (No. 28)

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This is the first of two bows coming from one stave (see here: http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,40092.0.html ). This is the main split from the backside of the stave. Chris (blackhawk) and Josh (Gun Doc) gave me the advice to back that wood (it’s only heartwood, no sap) and I did so. In this case it is backedRead more

elderberry longbow, 52#/28″, (No. 24)

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made from an extraordinary stave with a s-shape in front profile naturally grown. The s- shape fits perfect as handle, arrow pass is in the upper  curve and nearly centered. The upper limb was a sabre, is heat corrected. Nice brown cloud in handle area comes from a rotten zone nearby. Cross section is aRead more

elderberry longbow, 57#/28″ (No. 23)

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62″ntn, 57#/28″, bendy and not narrowed handle. Arrow pass is marked with an inlay of stone powder/glue mixture. This was an oval shaped stave, using the flatter side. The other half was not usable (rotten). At handle section is the exact half of the stave, you can see the half diameter pith groove. The woodRead more

elm flat 65#/28″ (No. 16)

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66,5″ ntn mass: 503grams stiff handle 4″ fade 7″ each w/d at handle: 22/45 at fadeout: 41/17   (7″ from handle) at midlimb: 38/15 at tip: 12/15 gentle heat treated, took about 1,5 “ set, swamp oak overlays, three colour dyed back, string 6 strands 452 X strengthened at the ears with 2 x 2 strandsRead more