billets – Stonehill Primitive Bows

Osage static td ‚transformer‘ 48#/28” (No. 93)

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Long time ago I made a 5 curve bow out of a pair of nice, snakey and very old osage sister billets. All curves were steamed in, except the central at the handle which was induced as a backset splice. The greyish brown color was already in the wood. That bow came out a bitRead more

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 static hunting bow (N0. 82)

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Specs: 59” ntn (if I remember right) about 50 – 55#/26” I was invited to the 1. ANNUAL PRIMITIV ARCHER INVITATIONAL. This is plan C of my trade bows, (plan B = bow No.78, plan A = bow No.75). As this bow is thought to hunt with there are no fancy things – it isRead more

Fancy boo backed ERC, 46#/27″ (No. 51)

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You can find the making of this bow here! The next steps: The whole thing turned out a bit short with the stiff handle, I tried to lengthen the bow with the backing and additional underlay. Both, the backing and the underlays were steam bent, they should work as stiff levers of a mild static.Read more

Boo backed ERC out of slats

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This is the making of bow (No. 51). Some months ago a friend asked wether I would like to have a branch of a juniper which he had to cut away as it was broken down by a storm. And of corse I did. He brought a piece, kinda a quarter of a stave withRead more

Black locust lever bow 41#/28″ (No. 42)

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This bow is made out of billets, which are seasoned over 60 years. When I got my hands on this wood it was a trunk about 40” long and 10” in diameter. It was standing in a dark cellar for all the years. When I touched it the bark fell off like powder – neverRead more

Golden Chain Tree, take down, 33#/28″ (No. 33)

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This bow is 59” ntn, HLD (hollow limb design). Take down with homemade sleeves, one tip is wrapped, one filed selfnock. String is 6 strands 452X, thickened at the ears with B50. A buildalong is in the ‚how to‘ section, here! Asymmetrical bow, the two parts of the take down have the same length.  Read more

golden chain tree take down 53#/28″ (No. 21)

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This bow is made of billets, which are split out of an 40″ and 3″ diameter sapling. You sure know, golden chain tree has a wonderful contrast of heart and sap wood. So I decided to leave at least on tips and fade area a natural grown overlay of sap on the bow. Unfortunately theRead more

Osage symmetric d-bow, crocodile handle, (No. 9)

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Here comes the part 1: symmetry This bow is made out of billets (sisters) and has its geometric middle in the handle’s middle. I began this bow some time ago and finished her this weekend. Overlays are waterbuffalo, cross section is like an elb. 69″ ntn 67#/29″Read more