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

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

Osage sinewed static for Kare, 51#/28″ (No. 40)

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This bow was a birthday present for my good friend Kare. Sinew backing is done in 2 layers. Levers are strengthened with  horn wedges, string bridges is leather (+ super glue). The string bridges are lather soaked in thin super glue after applying. I make those bridges often on statics, reasons: 1. more security whileRead 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

sinew backed osage 105#/28″ (No. 32)

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This was a never ending story, lasting over two years. It started as an experimental project to see what is possible with osage/sinew and what is the right ratio. I did several sinew layers on that, in between the bow was shot and tillered and retillered and so on. But now I call it finished!Read more

yew west coast paddle 58#/22″ (No. 26)

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Got a yew (3“ diam., 45“ long) with very wide rings, so semi good bowwood. I decided, to give up my first idea – cutting billets – , but give a west coast paddle a try … I cut out the middle section of the diameter with the sap on, limbs are 3” at theRead more

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