bendy handle – Stonehill Primitive Bows

Osage mini ELB (No. 92)

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It doesn’t need much wood to make a serious bow from osage. This bow comes from a splinter, a left over from a thicker stave. It was only 1” wide and 5/8” thick at maximum, but super clean and needed only a bit of dry heat corrections for string alignment. This bow is made forRead more

buildalong from bow (No. 91) „Tree Toes“

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I think a wide limbed osage is possible, if it is short enough. Two things have to be saved, the mass and the length of the lever. Saving mass can be achieved by narrowing the outers and short leverage of course by short limbs. So let’s see … I had a nice clean and moreRead more

Osage ‚THREE TOES‘, 57#/28” (No. 91)

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I have made in the last time same short, wide limbed osage bows and I must say I like them a lot. It was a nice and clean stave, thick enough to get also a belly split – here is the back split. Some adjustments were necessary also some reflex was induced. Fade is 6”Read more

Osage fumed flipped flattie (No.89)

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Nice stick with some character and a hole in the upper limb. I used it to get some pheasant feathers on. The stick was fumed with a chased ring as a bow blank,. After tillering I got that two tone appearance. It was a bit thin for a good handle, I glued on a pieceRead more

Osage pure straight stick 57#/26” (No 83)

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Only little heat gun correction for balancing out, no heat treatment. All the colors are from the fuming process (five days) and the tiller scraping after fuming. An additional ring on the back works as natural nock overlay (cutting through the back!). Arrow mark is a little brass nail filed flat, no more stuff onRead more

OSAGE STICKBOW MAASAI (N0. 79)

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asymmetrical ELB style with D cross section; fumed for 7 days; some nice character; holds 1” reflex after shot in self nocks, some rings on the back at tips are left working as a natural overlay; long, black and skinny – named it “Maasai” nothing is on this bow, except a brass mark for arrowRead more

osage sinewed shorty with static recurves (No. 71) BUILDALONG

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Well, I always wanted a flat sinewed short osage with static tips. Finally found a suitable nice clean stave with no knots or other complications. The statics are steamed in and the whole stick got an gentle increasing reflex with the heat gun. Everything went without any problems, even string alignment was o. k. NowRead more

Barberry r/d HLD, (No. 64)

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This is barberry stave, lat. berberis. Barberry is a little shrub or bush where seldom a stave can found from. If anyone is here with experience with that wood – I would like to here more. I have known of the beauty color of that wood. So you could imagine my smile when this staveRead more

Black Locust, Mohegan (No. 60) and Algonkin (No.61)

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I’ve got a nice BL stave from my good friend Marc to make him a short recurve. The stave is about 1½” thick and 1¼” wide, clean free of knots and with a nice relative even reflex. Some sap layers are on and has a really nice color. Length is 66”. As Marc is nowRead more

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