Osage deflex/reflex57#/28” (No. 133)

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This was a very clean stave, no knots or holes, but had a deflex (upper limb and a reflex (lower limb) right at the handle portion. I decided for an r/d bow and heated the lower limb from reflex into deflex. It was quite a way to travel, about 11” measured at tips. This causedRead more

Osage gnarly ELB-style 62#/28” (No. 129)

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The next few bows will be ELB style, here’s the first made from osage. Staves like this are from free standing young trees, full of branches. They make very characterful bows, in this case with lots of holes. Some going through, some not. The wood is gnarly with a wavy grain and changing crown, lookingRead more

Osage recurve for LJ 44#/27” (No. 120)

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This was a super nice stave from dark osage, very dense wood. Nearly flawless, only some marginal pin knots. Bad thing was it was very crooked and twisted, so it needed some time and several sessions to bring it line and balance. At handle section an additionally ring allows a nicer curve and more comfortRead more

Osage static recurve for JK (No. 116)

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dw/dl: 43#/27” ntn: 62” bh: 6¼” max. w.: 1⅝“ reflexn: 1⅝“ mass: 562 gram asymmetric 10”: 07,8 12”: 13,0 (+5,2) 14”: 17,2 (+4,2) 16”: 21,2 (+4,0) 18”: 24,7 (+3,5) 20”: 28,5 (+3,8) 22”: 32,5 (+4,0) 24”: 36,6 (+4,1) 26”: 41,0 (+4,4) 27”: 43,3 (+2,3) The stave for this bow was very clean and needed onlyRead more

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 bushbow r/d 77#/28″ (No. 113)

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I made this bow already some time ago, just refreshed the finish and the handle. And yes, it’s me in that fd pic – the pic was taken before my health issues. I thought it is a good comparison to the bow before which is 76#/26″, but a total different design. This bow is madeRead more

Osage big paddle 76 /26″ (No. 112)

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I will continue the bendy handle row with an osage bow made from exceptional wood. This bow is fumed for a few days, the black surface on the back is slightly sanded at handle and tips to get a contrast to overlay and handle wrap. The colors on the back are black and mahogany, onRead more

Elderberry stick with warts 48/26“ (No. 111)

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Not much to say, just a stick with slightly rounded belly. The back is dyed with ironchloride, tips are buffalo, The handle wrap is a 2 ply twisted cord made from paper (!) (found it at IKEA). This bow has three cluster pins on the back, one was unavoidable laying in the handle. The pinsRead more

Osage recurve deflex/reflex 47/27” (No. 108)

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The stave was a nice clean piece of osage. Recurves are steamed in, deflex and sideway corrections are done with the heat gun. Overlays are a combo of black buffalo and mammoth, arrow pass is mammoth. The handle is bulbous with stingray leather wrap. Cross section is lenticular, fades with ridge. Very similar to bowRead more

Osage for JH 43/27″ (No. 106)

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The stave was a nice clean piece of osage. Recurves are steamed in, corrections are done with the heat gun. Overlays are a combo of black buffalo and mammoth, arrow pass is buffalo. The handle is osage/hickory/osage combo with stingray wrap. dw/dl: 43#/27” ntn: 61½” bh: 6” mass: 522 gram max.w: 1⅝” asymmetric, stiff handleRead more

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