Osage flatbow with croc grip 49#/26” (No. 127)

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This is a simple flattie with nice even reflexed limbs, but has lot of character. In the upper limb are two little holes. She got a self nocks for a rustic look, the upper is a side nock. I renounced on building up the handle portion, here are three pieces of croc leather mounted withRead more

Dogwood “Canoe” HLD, 42#/24” (No. 126)

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The HLD cross section limbs are tapering into rectangular cross section at tips and slightly dished at the handle. This bow is incredible light and springy, by my feel a very good performer. It took no set at all. Nearly no side taper, only at the last three inches at tips. It is slightly narrowedRead more

Golden chain tree character flat bow 40#/26″ (No. 125)

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The draw length of this bow is limited to 26”, as the stave was a crooked thing about 62½” and about 2½” thick. Only one side (half) of the stave was useable. You can see the pith in the fade area. It was also twisted like hell. Last but not least it has a changingRead 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

Golden chain tree gullwing stick 23#/24” (No. 123)

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The stave for this little bow came half from the trunk and half from a branch (see sketch). I found the whole little tree in the bio chunk container and couldn’t resist to take that golden chain tree with me. All the corrections and curving was done with the heatgun. The deflex of the upperRead more

Walnut 5 curve 39/28 (No. 118)

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This one caused some problems, it didn’t take good with heat bending. Finally I could bring the limbs in line and balanced to a mild 5 curve design. The curves flatten out nearly completely at fulldraw. The flat belly tapers the last 5” into 5edge shaped tips. She got simple triangular pin nocks. The backRead 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

Juniper flattie 38/26 (No.110)

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Here is a bow from a really expressive character stave with wonderful colors. A selection of the problems (= character, ha-ha): It has a tremendous changing crown – causing particularly hollowed out belly; Portions of ingrown dead wood; Huge hole in lower limb; It was hard work to tiller this little bow, but finally aRead more

Holly flatty “holey holly” 34/28 (No. 109)

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Some years ago I got some holly (ilex aquifolium) staves donated from my friend Andi (thanks bro!). One of those was split in halves, one half was a good one and made a nice bow. The other half was full of dead branches and I laid it in a corner and forgot about it. OverRead more

how to use a knot hole in a tip

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On one of the lastest plains bows was a hole from a little branch, just where the string was meant to be sitting. This is not a drilled hole -it is natural. Instead of carving a pin nock or something else, this hole was used for the lower string fixing. Here are some pics fromRead more

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