Osage snaky flattie with huge reflex 62#/28” (No.94)

It was a hard struggle to tiller this bow, lot of reflex and a good load of curves. The reflex is not spread along the limbs, but comes from kinks in the fades and the limbs are more or less straight. The kinks in lower and upper limb hadn’t the same amount, so one was heated out a bit the other heated in a bit to get them better matching. The snaky wiggles caused optical illusions, the crown on the back is not homogenous and sometimes the peak isn’t in the middle of the limb and last but not least the rings have changing width – causing “wrong” tapering out on the belly upper limb.

But finally got here done, made middle ridges at the fades, mild HLD at the middle portion and tapers into triangular shaped outers. This bow is asymmetrical and has high positive tiller (still different angles at fades). She got nice nearly transparent cow horn at the tips and arrow pass inlay. The handle is a bit unusual, but there wasn’t more wood to play with. First thought was to glue on a piece, but after shooting a while I found the handle comfortable and now it is what it is.

After all she was in the fuming pipe for 6 days, and then white earth pigments are rubbed in.

ntn: 60”

max w: 40mm

mass: 514 grams

08”: 08,5

10”: 15,9 (+ 7,4)

12”: 21,3 (+ 5,4)

14”: 26,8 (+ 5,5)

16”: 31,6 (+ 4,8)

18”: 36,4 (+ 4,8)

20”: 41,2 (+ 4,8)

22”: 46,0 (+ 4,8)

24”: 50,9 (+ 4,9)

26”: 56,2 (+ 5,3)

28”: 61,8 (+ 5,6)



This pic shows the rubbing in of white earth pigments with a solution of different oils.




Hi Simon,
I am completely flabbergasted by the sheer beauty of all of your bows, and the workmanship you display and share with us so kindly. Keep it going, and keep ’em coming!
Regards from Belgium,

Thank you Joachim!
I always appriciate the feed back on the site. It
is a really time consuming thing, but meanwhile I got so many nice contacts all over the world and hopefully I could help the or the other.

Your work and the bows you make are outstanding. Thank you for your website and sharing examples of the bows you have made. I have a question regarding the data you have shown for this bow. Can you please explain what all the numbers mean for the various inch measurements? Thank you.

Hi Curtis, thanks for your nice compliment.
the left number is the draw length in inches, beginning with 08″. The following number is the draw weight in pounds at this draw length. The third number in ( ) tells the differnce from before.
You can draw a graph from these numbers and estimate the behavier of this specific bow. For example, if nearly you get a nearly linear graph the bow is smooth to draw. if the last numbers in ( ) goes high (exponential), you get the feel you’re drawing against a wall.

Thanks Christophe,
just did a quick visit on your site – looks also very interesting.
Too bad I cannot understand the French …

Hello Mr. Siess
This is Wonil from Korea. I’m afraid my English level is not enough to write a formal messege.
If it is not enough, I`m asking for an excuse.

Your bows are so fascinating so all the bow are stealing my heart. Especially “Osage snaky flattie with huge reflex 62#/28” (No.94)”. This bow is in my mind for all day, weeks, and months…. maybe forever…

I wonder, if I can ask to sell it. Do you sell bows?

Your bows does not looks like a merchandise, it looks like a work of art. So this question makes me feel a little bit rude, but I really like your bow. I can’t stand stop asking. I don’t want impolite, please excuse me if your feel me impolite.

If you sell your bow, please tell me selling process and price.

Thank you

best regards

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