longbow – 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

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

Eastern red cedar longbow 36#/28″ (No. 28)

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This is the first of two bows coming from one stave (see here: http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,40092.0.html ). This is the main split from the backside of the stave. Chris (blackhawk) and Josh (Gun Doc) gave me the advice to back that wood (it’s only heartwood, no sap) and I did so. In this case it is backedRead 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

elm longbow, 120#/28″ (No. 20)

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The third bow in this row is really heavily heat treated, it has nearly the same dimensions as bow No. 2 – but came out with such a heavy drawweight I didn’t expect. See my stuggle and my grimace in the fd pic, this is somehow in the 90#. The bow is the bare stick,Read more

elm longbow 89#/28″, (No. 19)

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This bow is slightly heat treated and came out with 89#/28″. She had a drawweight of over 120# – no way for me old man, so I worked her down. One limb was deflex 1″, the other twisted 30°, all heated out . I removed about 10mm sap to come down and get the heartwoodRead more

elm longbow, 84#/28″ (No. 18)

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The first one is heavy heat treated and came out with 84#/28″. She had 74# before heat treating – gained 10# or 14%. A dogleg and a twist were heat corrected. In the stave were two large and deep holes nearby (rotten powdery stuff). I situated them in the handle area, which made it necessaryRead more

elm flat 65#/28″ (No. 16)

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66,5″ ntn mass: 503grams stiff handle 4″ fade 7″ each w/d at handle: 22/45 at fadeout: 41/17   (7″ from handle) at midlimb: 38/15 at tip: 12/15 gentle heat treated, took about 1,5 “ set, swamp oak overlays, three colour dyed back, string 6 strands 452 X strengthened at the ears with 2 x 2 strandsRead 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

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