Staining with Ironchloride

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I always work on many bows simultaneously. Lately tried one and the same stain on different wood species. You see the colors are quite different belonging to the species. I suppose it has to do with the different tan acids in the bow and the different amount of acids. Don’t ask for the recipe, IRead more

Carpinus betulus ‚DOGLEG‘ (No. 103)

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ntn: 59½” bh: 5” mass: 506 gram max. width: 1¾” symmetrical stiff handle: species: carpinus betulus 08”: 06,0 10”: 11,2 (+5,2) 12”: 15,9 (+4,7) 14”: 20,2 (+4,3) 16”: 24,3 (+4,1) 18”: 28,4 (+4,1) 20”: 32,6 (+4,2) 22”: 36,6 (+4,0) 24”: 40,6 (+4,0) 26”: 45,0 (+4,4) 28”: 49,8 (+4,8) Carpinus betulus, european hornbeam, or Hainbuche inRead more

Osage 5curve with a concave back 49#/28” (No. 97)

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This bow is made out of a unique stave. The back is along almost the entire length homogenous concave. This is enormous mass saving, but tillering is a bit more complicated. The belly ridge comes out of the fades and ends with the tips. Cross section is more or less a 5edge with a concaveRead more

wide limbed BL from a board (No. 90)

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Some time ago a guy was here searching in my pile for BL staves. He came across a thick board, looked at it and sourced out. I was watching him and asked why he did that and got the answer it is a board and not a stave, so he let it here. In hisRead more

Black locust fumed flattie (No. 77)

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This Black Locust has a nice even crown and a dead flat belly. The tips are flipped with steam and are tapering from the flat belly into a triangular cross section. The outers are stiff. On the back is rawhide, stained with 3 different colors and fading out towards the tips. The rawhide strips areRead more

Elderberry, HLD, 40#/28″, (No. 37)

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Here is an elderberry sapling bow coming from a stave 60,5” long ( now 59” ntn) and only 1,5” in diameter (at handle). It had a large pith, the hole in the handle is the origin diameter. This diameter tapers out in the fades to a very pronounced groove, which then tapers into a triangularRead more

Elm flat with cherry bark handle, 56#/28″ (No. 35)

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She is a 62” symmetrical bow – handle exact in the geometrical middle. She is heavy heat treated, no stain on the belly! The back is dyed to match with the belly. The outer lines of the limbs are sanded to get the bright stripes. Handle is gentle bending. Overlays are osage, standing rings andRead 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

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

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

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