symmetric – Stonehill Primitive Bows

Osage 5curve with ironwood handle 51#/28″ (No. 98)

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The stave was knot free, no natural curves no humps no bumps. I thought it is a good idea to add a bit: ironwood handle (don’t no the exact species – but is of course not HHB), ridge on the belly (runs out 4” before tip). Buffalo horn for tip overlays and black calf leatherRead more

wide limbed osage 3curve part 2 47#/28″ (No. 96)

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This stave was super clean, bright yeller and low density – so something like the opposite osage than bow No.95. But has some nice character, curves and whoop di doos. Some little heat correctings brought it in balance and in line. Black buffalo horn for the tip overlays and dyed salmon leather for the handleRead more

wide limbed osage 3curve part 1 42#/28″ (No. 95)

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This bow is made from an exceptional fat and thin ringed osage. The early wood is here not crispy than usual, but as hard and fat like the late wood. It was a fun to work with that wood, my scraper went through like on butter without creating any humps and bumps on the wood.WhatRead more

Osage static td ‚transformer‘ 48#/28” (No. 93)

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Long time ago I made a 5 curve bow out of a pair of nice, snakey and very old osage sister billets. All curves were steamed in, except the central at the handle which was induced as a backset splice. The greyish brown color was already in the wood. That bow came out a bitRead more

buildalong from bow (No. 91) „Tree Toes“

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I think a wide limbed osage is possible, if it is short enough. Two things have to be saved, the mass and the length of the lever. Saving mass can be achieved by narrowing the outers and short leverage of course by short limbs. So let’s see … I had a nice clean and moreRead more

Osage ‚THREE TOES‘, 57#/28” (No. 91)

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I have made in the last time same short, wide limbed osage bows and I must say I like them a lot. It was a nice and clean stave, thick enough to get also a belly split – here is the back split. Some adjustments were necessary also some reflex was induced. Fade is 6”Read more

Osage fumed flipped flattie (No.89)

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Nice stick with some character and a hole in the upper limb. I used it to get some pheasant feathers on. The stick was fumed with a chased ring as a bow blank,. After tillering I got that two tone appearance. It was a bit thin for a good handle, I glued on a pieceRead more

BL recurve 45/28 (No.88)

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The billets for this bow came from a very old black locust trunk, seasoned + 75 years. The color of that wood is just beautiful like honey, not that more or less olive brown I usually have here. The grain shows up nicely. On the lower limb are two cluster knots, one of them securedRead more

Euonymus minimal stick 35/28 (No.87)

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From time to time I really enjoy working on simple stick bows, with a round diameter at handle and tapering somehow to the tips. Here is one of those quick made sticks, an Euonymus europaeus branch harvested in my garden just a months or so ago. You can see the origin diameter of the branchRead more

Apple flatbow -„Tutti Frutti“- 70#/28” (No.86)

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I found this wild growing apple some years ago in the woods near my home. The wonderful red-brown-orange color on the back appeared soon after debarking, no dye here. It has eight nipple knots on the back, is that cool? The little sapling had a diameter of about 2”, full width can be seen atRead more

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