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

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

elderberry flatbow with cherry bark backing, 52#/28″ (No. 22)

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This flatbow is backed with 3 strips of cherry bark, spliced under the wraps. It is 62½“ ntn and 52# /28″. First time bark backing for me, done with TBIII. The stave was about 2½“ in diameter and had a really thick pith, I drilled out the spongy material. Cross section is more or lessRead more

Elderberry longbow 55#/28″ (No. 5)

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This bow is made for my friend Alpe. He was invited to an archery competion at the Haitabu museum area (see here: http://www.schloss-gottorf.de/haithabu ). So he needed an adequate real bow, not the glassbows he was used to use … I had no yew at that moment, the right wood for viking bows, so IRead more