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 fumed gnarly stick 44#/23“(No. 231)

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This bow came from a saved splinter with almost the dimensions it has now. So it looks a bit weird as it is in some sections narrower than it should be, the good thing is I had enough wood to react on the bellyside. All I had to scrape off was a handful flakes. IRead 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 character recurve 51#/28″ (No. 128)

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This bow comes from a marginal stave, but full of character (or imperfections in other words). It needed some heating and steaming sessions for corrections. Here is the documentation of the process. In the end it is now a fine bow with a lot of character remaining, what makes the tiller looking weird from someRead more

Osage flatbow with croc grip 49#/26” (No. 127)

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This is a simple flattie with nice even reflexed limbs, but has lot of character. In the upper limb are two little holes. She got a self nocks for a rustic look, the upper is a side nock. I renounced on building up the handle portion, here are three pieces of croc leather mounted withRead more

Buildalong character recurve (Bow no. 128)

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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

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