Osage deflex reflex 46/26” (No. 115)

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This bow was fumed after an alum treatment. The side profile and some minor corrections are done with dry heat. The narrowed handle got a hemp wrap; tips are buffalo; silencers from muscrat fur. This design allows a long draw from this relative short stick. Maybe good for flight shooting. dw/dl: 46#/26” ntn: 49” bh: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 plains bow with fishskin handle (No. 104)

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dw/dl: 41#/22” ntn: 44” bh: 4¼” reflexn: 1½” mass: 244 gram max. width: 1⅛” 06”: 04,8 08”: 09,2 (+4,4) 10”: 13,2 (+4,0) 12”: 17,2 (+4,0) 14”: 21,4 (+4,2) 16”: 25,8 (+4,4) 18”: 30,5 (+4,7) 20”: 35,6 (+5,1) 22”: 41,0 (+5,4) This bow is heat corrected for string alignment and untwisting (particularly). It got an additionalRead more

Osage sinewed plains, Cheyenne style 54#/26“ (No. 58)

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This is no replica bow. It is a plains style 50“ long for a 26“ draw. The tips are flipped backwards, of course a bendy handle. Complete belly is painted with earth pigments (orange, red, bright ocre, dark blue). The backing is sinew in two layers, conventional done in two layers. The first at 2014Read more

Osage plains bow 52#/24″ (No. 56)

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Here is an interesting little bow, at least for me – haha. This bow is made with akinda prefab sinew backing, will say the backing is applied in one single piece. The backing of that bow was first on bow (No. 13), see here. Here the sinew was applied conventional. It was thrown off withRead more

ERC: „MOM N‘ DAD“ (NO. 49+50)

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These are two sinewed ERC (Eatern red cedar) short bows with short recurves, tips and handle were sinew wrapped and some dark brown pigments were applied when glue still was wet. Both got a paint job with same pigments on the back in an opposing triangle pattern. At least some muskrat fur strips on handleRead more

making of MOM N‘ DAD (No. 49 + 50)

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Here is the stave I’ve got from my friend Erwin (thank you, Erwin!) from Austria. It is a bit deflexed, 52” long, about 2” wide at the crown, has some avoidable knots and unfortunately one absolute not avoidable. I first thought about making a replica bow, but gave up that idea and went for aRead more

Cornus mas shorty, 51#/24″ (No. 45)

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I’ve got some cornus mas staves and try to find the best design for that heavy dense wood. Here is a try at a plains style, short  (48“ ntn) and flat with a little flipped tips. It came out as a very snappy little bow, the full draw pic is not the limit, I shootRead more

Osage plains bows for two ladies (PART I) (No. 38)

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This little bow comes from a belly split from a regular stave. It has lot of character, wavy and snaky and three holes from dead branches. I filled the holes with wild boar hair, on the belly side cut even with carefully worked out (concave) knot areas. The dark spots are the hairs cut even.Read more

Elm west coast 53#/26″ (No. 17)

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elm heartwood, ntn 49″ bending handle, buckskin wrapping painted with natural pigments two layers sinew, wrapped at handle and below tips (red ) w/d: handle: 32/18 mm fade (3″): 48/14 mm midlimb: 50/11 mm below string kerf: 18/8 mm    Read more

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