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Bow Refinishers - Your Opinions Wanted

Postby Jett » Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:25 pm

Bill's post reminded me of something I've been wondering about for some time. Has anyone had bows refinished by both Bowdoc and Rich Lopez? I know both do fine work, but which would you recommend & why. Don't want any bashing; just honest pros & con's.

PM if you're uncomfortable replying on an open forum. Also, are there any others out there doing this work that you know of?

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Re: Bow Refinishers - Your Opinions Wanted

Postby Howattman » Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:27 pm

This may sound like a cop-out, but from what I've seen of their work I don't think you could go wrong with either. ;)
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Re: Bow Refinishers - Your Opinions Wanted

Postby Jett » Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:12 am

I agree. Every bow I've seen by both are fantastic. Just was wondering about costs, time & etc. Maybe I'll just send a bow to each. I've been doing a little of this myself, but I'm not comfortable with trying to do anything valuable.
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Postby KODIAK » Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:38 am

Do you have a bow in mind for a refinish? Just curious.

I've never had a bow refinished by either of those guys but have seen and handled their work before. Both do a real nice job.
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Postby kbel5 » Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:08 pm

Jett
Bill G. has one at Bow Docs, he might chime in.

Don and Rich are both top notch craftsman.

Refinishers time scale?? seems like it is kinda like Hawaiian time.

Costs will vary depending on what you have done.
I hear there is a backlog, because decals are no longer available for Bears.

I have a '62 Kodiak 60#, done by Don 5 or 6 yrs ago, beautiful work.
Rich is known for unbelievable work, takes a little longer.

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Re: Bow Refinishers - Your Opinions Wanted

Postby Jett » Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:23 pm

You guys are no help, LOL! I think I might just send a bow to both - I'm in no hurry & $$$'s are tight, so a little time consumption is a good thing.

KODIAK - I have a '62 that had been taped (sight) & the riser wood didn't lighten evenly beneath the tape & I have some others that are rough; probably would do a K-Special for the 2nd. I think the '62 would have to be completely stripped & bleached to even out the discolored areas.

I'm going to try & get some pics to post later.
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Postby kbel5 » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:22 pm

I don't think they will need to bleach your bow, almost all the sun fading comes out in the sanding, scraping.
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Postby Jett » Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:12 pm

That's good to hear; but one of the bows I did I ended up having to bleach, but that was lemonwood. I think the '62 riser is bubinga or rosewood, I forget, but it's a fairly dark wood.
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Postby KODIAK » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:54 am

The '62 is Brazilian Rosewood. MUCH nicer wood than bubinga imo.
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Postby Jett » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:06 am

You're right. Really nice rosewood. What were the 61's? I've never had one (another awful shade of green glass, kind of a bright avacado.
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