How to camo paint a bow’s back

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I will show here my procedure to quickly paint a camo (here on a bow blanc). It doesn’t take much more time than an hour plus drying times. The back ring is chased, sanded and degreased. The edges, back/sides, are left sharp. After the paint process the edges will be broken.Read more

Osage straight ALB painted back 52#/28″ (No. 134)

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This ALB is made from a knot free and clean stave, only a few pins are on the belly. A drying crack on the back of the inner half upper limb was unavoidable. Fortunately it was running clear with the grain. It was filled with runny super glue – no problem. The stave needed onlyRead more

Osage deflex/reflex57#/28” (No. 133)

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This was a very clean stave, no knots or holes, but had a deflex (upper limb and a reflex (lower limb) right at the handle portion. I decided for an r/d bow and heated the lower limb from reflex into deflex. It was quite a way to travel, about 11” measured at tips. This causedRead more

Osage flipped plains “Beaver” 30#/24” (No. 124)

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The flipped tips are steamed in, side corrections and untwist is done with the heatgun. The stave was just a sliver from a regular stave. Back is painted with thin paint of earth pigments, then particularly sanded to achieve a used look. Upper nock is a side nock (beaver mouth), lower nock is diamond shaped.Read more

Osage flattie with triangels 42/24“ (No. 114)

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Nothing special – just a common flattie. A natural grown grain narrowing is used as arrow pass. The selftips have also a natural grown ‚overlay‘ – just an additional ring on the back (see the last pic). The pattern on the back is painted with earth pigments (burnt umbra). No heat, no steam, no fume.Read more

Osage shorty d/r with short recurves 43/27” (No. 107)

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The stave was short, but clean with little character and a hole in the upper limb. I tried to do a bit different tips than normal, in this case they are wide (limbs are almost parallel the whole length, taper just in depth). The short recurves are steamed in. The side view shows the deflexRead more

Black Locust with snake leather handle (No. 76)

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this bow comes from nice clean stave, which was gentle heat treated and heat corrected. The lower limb has much more reflex than the upper, it was natural grown. This causes a lot of positve tiller. The flips are also made with heat. Backing is red and black dyed rawhide; handle overlay is bloodwood; arrowRead more

osage sinewed shorty with static recurves (No. 71) BUILDALONG

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Well, I always wanted a flat sinewed short osage with static tips. Finally found a suitable nice clean stave with no knots or other complications. The statics are steamed in and the whole stick got an gentle increasing reflex with the heat gun. Everything went without any problems, even string alignment was o. k. NowRead more

osage sinewed shorty with static recurves (No. 71)

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Osage, 53“ long ntn, 56#/28“, sinewed with two layers, painted with earth pigments, no replica – just a short sinewed and painted static. The making of is here! I did some scetches before I painted the bow The f/d pics are not the best but only opportunity to do it outside … Braced Back BellyRead 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

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