shortbow (<50) – Stonehill Primitive Bows

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

Osage horse bow 45#/27″ (No. 14)

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My friend Chris asked me building a horse bow for him, specs should be: > no recurve ( I don’t know why) > drawweight about 45-50#/27″ drawlength Being no horse rider and no expert in horses I see some upcoming questions. my thoughts are: 1.) Bow has to be short, but long enough for 27″Read more

osage lightning 62#/24″, (No. 13)

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Well, this is a bow I begun 3 years ago. Its old Osage and the heaviest and darkest I ever had, it was very oily but had a lot of drying cracks (vertical). The bow was several times piked and new tillered, because I was not satisfied with the result. So it became shorter andRead more

juniper west coast style bow, HLD (No. 7)

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Some time ago i got an interesting piece of juniper (probably juniperus virginiana = eastern red ceder) with a lot of little picks on the back and an silvery shining surface (after debarking of course). The piece was not very long, so i decided to try a west coast style. The bow  is incredibly light,Read more

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