naked handle – Stonehill Primitive Bows

Osage snaky flattie with huge reflex 62#/28” (No.94)

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It was a hard struggle to tiller this bow, lot of reflex and a good load of curves. The reflex is not spread along the limbs, but comes from kinks in the fades and the limbs are more or less straight. The kinks in lower and upper limb hadn’t the same amount, so one wasRead more

Euonymus minimal stick 35/28 (No.87)

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From time to time I really enjoy working on simple stick bows, with a round diameter at handle and tapering somehow to the tips. Here is one of those quick made sticks, an Euonymus europaeus branch harvested in my garden just a months or so ago. You can see the origin diameter of the branchRead 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 centershot handle bow, 55#/28″ (No. 65)

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This bow is made of a unique looking stave, at the handle it had been grown around a huge dead standing branch. The grain in this area also influenced the hump on the back. An other smaller knot was coming out at handle, it was cut off and sanded down – no problem in thisRead 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

Osage snakey static, 48#/28″ (No. 57)

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This bow came from a narrow osage stave with every sort of imperfection, see the making of here! Tiller looks perhaps a bit ugly, I had to leave some spots more or less stiff (knotholes). The levers got a filed in string groove and a natural overlay (additional ring) for string nock on the back.Read more

Osage snakey static out of an imperfect stave (No. 57)

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A stave with every sort of imperfections in the beginning …. – twisted 90° – pronounced dogleg 30° – abrupt reflex on the other limb 20° – side kinks – holes – a kinda waist (from a big branch) at the bending part of one limb that thing is 71“ long. My first thought wasRead more

Coco-hazel, 41#/26″ (No. 53)

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After some fancy things here is a quite normal bow. The stave is out of a bunch I usually use to give away to interested kids. This one was the home of some d…. bugs, some cuts with the drawknife and the bugs were in the firewood box. I had the stave in the viceRead more

Fumed ash HLD, 72#/28″ (No. 52)

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Do you guys know about to dye with ammonia? In Germany you can buy ‚Räuchereiche‘, translated word by word it means: smoked oak. It has nothing to do with real smoke, but  is a chemical reaction of ammonia with the tan acids in the wood. The more acid in the wood, the better reaction. IRead more

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