Thuja longbow ‚Porcupine‘ 36#/26″ (No. 130)

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The local bio junk container from the local community is a never ending resource for staves. Always find the most curious things there. Someone has cut down his thuja hedge. I found a trunk with a lot of branches just on one half side (obvious exposed to the sunlight), the other side was clear (obviousRead more

Osage gnarly ELB-style 62#/28” (No. 129)

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The next few bows will be ELB style, here’s the first made from osage. Staves like this are from free standing young trees, full of branches. They make very characterful bows, in this case with lots of holes. Some going through, some not. The wood is gnarly with a wavy grain and changing crown, lookingRead more

Osage flatbow with croc grip 49#/26” (No. 127)

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This is a simple flattie with nice even reflexed limbs, but has lot of character. In the upper limb are two little holes. She got a self nocks for a rustic look, the upper is a side nock. I renounced on building up the handle portion, here are three pieces of croc leather mounted withRead more

Osage flipped plains “Beaver” 30#/24” (No. 124)

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The flipped tips are steamed in, side corrections and untwist is done with the heatgun. The stave was just a sliver from a regular stave. Back is painted with thin paint of earth pigments, then particularly sanded to achieve a used look. Upper nock is a side nock (beaver mouth), lower nock is diamond shaped.Read more

Golden chain tree gullwing stick 23#/24” (No. 123)

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The stave for this little bow came half from the trunk and half from a branch (see sketch). I found the whole little tree in the bio chunk container and couldn’t resist to take that golden chain tree with me. All the corrections and curving was done with the heatgun. The deflex of the upperRead more

Euonymus sapling kids bow 39#/26” (No. 122)

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This little sapling with only 1” diameter at handle came from my garden while clearing the hedge. It was cut last autumn. Two huge knots, one I could layout in the handle the other is lower midlimb. Some minor knots are on the upper limb. I let the knotted areas stiffer and accepted a shorterRead more

Elder sapling 20#/26” (No. 121)

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A little boy came to me asking for making a bow out of his “spear”. It was an elder sapling just one inch in diameter at the thicker end. I split in halves and on the belly you can see pith channel. I didn’t hollow out anything – it is the natural furrow. The bowRead more

Osage fumed ELB 40/28“(No. 119)

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Nothing much to say, she is a low weight English Longbow (for a Lady?). The stave was a split off from a regular, fumed for 5 days. Only little heat corrections were necessary. Tip are very narrow, tough overlay and arrow pass inlay is green dyed stabilized maple. Handle is hemp cord (with green earthRead more

Walnut 5 curve 39/28 (No. 118)

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This one caused some problems, it didn’t take good with heat bending. Finally I could bring the limbs in line and balanced to a mild 5 curve design. The curves flatten out nearly completely at fulldraw. The flat belly tapers the last 5” into 5edge shaped tips. She got simple triangular pin nocks. The backRead more

Yew sap west coast style 32/26″ (No. 117)

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I found this sliver of yew in the bio – junk container at the recycling yard. Someone had thrown it away, it was obviously from a dead standing tree. It has a violation from a chain saw on the back I couldn’t avoid – I “repaired” it with dyed glue and some sawdust. The barkRead more

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