Buildalong character recurve (bow no. ….)

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Osage is rare and expensive here, so nothing to be wasted. I’ll take any stick, no matter how twisted. By now I am very well set up for aligning sticks. A number of home-made tools complement clamps and a hot air gun. Two homemade dampers with different attachments allow damping either an arm or justRead more

Osage flipped plains “Beaver” 30#/24” (No. 124)

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The flipped tips are steamed in, side corrections and untwist is done with the heatgun. The stave was just a sliver from a regular stave. Back is painted with thin paint of earth pigments, then particularly sanded to achieve a used look. Upper nock is a side nock (beaver mouth), lower nock is diamond shaped.Read 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 fumed ELB 40/28“(No. 119)

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Nothing much to say, she is a low weight English Longbow (for a Lady?). The stave was a split off from a regular, fumed for 5 days. Only little heat corrections were necessary. Tip are very narrow, tough overlay and arrow pass inlay is green dyed stabilized maple. Handle is hemp cord (with green earthRead 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 flattie with triangels 42/24“ (No. 114)

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Nothing special – just a common flattie. A natural grown grain narrowing is used as arrow pass. The selftips have also a natural grown ‚overlay‘ – just an additional ring on the back (see the last pic). The pattern on the back is painted with earth pigments (burnt umbra). No heat, no steam, no fume.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

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

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