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

Elder sapling 20#/26” (No. 121)

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A little boy came to me asking for making a bow out of his “spear”. It was an elder sapling just one inch in diameter at the thicker end. I split in halves and on the belly you can see pith channel. I didn’t hollow out anything – it is the natural furrow. The bowRead more

Yew sap west coast style 32/26″ (No. 117)

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I found this sliver of yew in the bio – junk container at the recycling yard. Someone had thrown it away, it was obviously from a dead standing tree. It has a violation from a chain saw on the back I couldn’t avoid – I “repaired” it with dyed glue and some sawdust. The barkRead more

Holly flatty “holey holly” 34/28 (No. 109)

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Some years ago I got some holly (ilex aquifolium) staves donated from my friend Andi (thanks bro!). One of those was split in halves, one half was a good one and made a nice bow. The other half was full of dead branches and I laid it in a corner and forgot about it. OverRead more

Osage shorty d/r with short recurves 43/27” (No. 107)

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The stave was short, but clean with little character and a hole in the upper limb. I tried to do a bit different tips than normal, in this case they are wide (limbs are almost parallel the whole length, taper just in depth). The short recurves are steamed in. The side view shows the deflexRead more

Osage plains bow with fishskin handle (No. 104)

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dw/dl: 41#/22” ntn: 44” bh: 4¼” reflexn: 1½” mass: 244 gram max. width: 1⅛” 06”: 04,8 08”: 09,2 (+4,4) 10”: 13,2 (+4,0) 12”: 17,2 (+4,0) 14”: 21,4 (+4,2) 16”: 25,8 (+4,4) 18”: 30,5 (+4,7) 20”: 35,6 (+5,1) 22”: 41,0 (+5,4) This bow is heat corrected for string alignment and untwisting (particularly). It got an additionalRead more

Carpinus betulus ‚DOGLEG‘ (No. 103)

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ntn: 59½” bh: 5” mass: 506 gram max. width: 1¾” symmetrical stiff handle: species: carpinus betulus 08”: 06,0 10”: 11,2 (+5,2) 12”: 15,9 (+4,7) 14”: 20,2 (+4,3) 16”: 24,3 (+4,1) 18”: 28,4 (+4,1) 20”: 32,6 (+4,2) 22”: 36,6 (+4,0) 24”: 40,6 (+4,0) 26”: 45,0 (+4,4) 28”: 49,8 (+4,8) Carpinus betulus, european hornbeam, or Hainbuche inRead more

Cornus mas ‚propeller‘ 43/28” (No. 102)

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ntn: 56½” bh: 5” mass: 454 gram max. width: 2” symmetrical stiff handle Really good cornus mas (cornelian cherry) are quite rare at my homeland. But, as this wood is one of the best bow woods here, I take every piece I get my hands on. This one was a special stave, super clean –Read more

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

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