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Amateur Bowyer's Gallery

This forum is dedicated to the bowyer and his craft. This is the place to talk building techninques, design/theory, and anything about enhancing performance. Anything about bow building is welcome here. All build alongs will be housed in the sub-forum below.

Re: Amateur Bowyer's Gallery

Postby Sixby » Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:09 am

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This is a strike Eagle recurve super fancy fiddle back myrtlewood and english walnut Carbon limb 55 lb 58 in bow.
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56 in 60 lb EagleWing onepiece that pulls 29 with no stack, This riser has a semi Gloss finish on it per request. It is Koa and Myrtle with bloodwood I beam. This was one of my favorite bows with a gorgeous fiddleback myrtle veneers and fleur de lis inlays of contrasting myrtle. If I was ever envious of a customers bow this is it. Someday I will just have to do a redo on this one.If you look you can see the fiddleback in the veneers in the pic. It is that heavy of fiddleback. This whole bow just glowed.If I had been a bit more careful with my shaping in the riser window and got the maple to match up I could almost have called it perfect. How I missed that I don't know. Look at the irredescence in that koa though. I don't want to even tell you what I paid for that piece of wood. It was sinful but I couldn't help myself.
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Re: Amateur Bowyer's Gallery

Postby BLACK WOLF » Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:57 am

Blackfoot reproduction. 46" sinew backed chokecherry, vermillion red paint, beaded brain tanned buckskin, horse hair, red flannel cloth and green thread. 45lbs. @ 23"
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Modoc Reproduction. 36" sinew backed yew, acrylic paint, brain tanned buckskin. 20lbs. @ 18" given to my old bosses little boy
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Holmgaard Hybrid. 64" osage, Diamond Back Rattlesnake skin, acrylic paint, coyote fur. 52lbs. @ 28"
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Plains Indian Hybrid. 60" sinew backed osage, Diamond Back Rattlesnake skin, acrylic paint, brain tanned buckskin, coyote fur. 63lbs. @ 29"
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Mohawk Reproduction. 64" hickory, red and green yarn, acrylic paint, red and green thread. 35lbs. @ 28"
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Plains Indian Horn Bow. 32" sinew backed Bighorn sheep horn. 60lbs. @ 16"
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Re: Amateur Bowyer's Gallery

Postby Mike Baker » Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:13 pm

Here are a few of my favorites I've made. I can't recall specs of them but I liked the wood combos.
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This is the one I currently shoot. 62" 49#@28" zebrawood and wenge with a splash of cocobolo. Flat grain zebra limbs with wenge splice. Deer track inlay.
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Osage, cocobolo and bloodwood riser. Moose antler overlay. Bleeding heart inlay.
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cocobolo/bacote with a yellowheart flare.
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Re: Amateur Bowyer's Gallery

Postby VRB » Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:23 pm

Nice looking bows guys.I think this gallery is a great idea,I never get tired of looking at the different wood combinations and design ideas. Since I was forced into semi-retirement with a plant closing,I have been making more bows.Here's a few that I have done.
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Re: Amateur Bowyer's Gallery

Postby 4nolz » Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:09 am

well I have tried to find pics-fact is I started making bows before I was ever online.I learned by reading all the TBB's and HOB-the pages are highlighted and underlined like a college textbook! I have since learned alot (and its easier) online by places like this.Alot of my early pics are on floppy disc which I cannot use now.A letter to Dean Torges and his gracious help was how it all started.

Of course I started out with selfbows and still make them.Nowadays they are mostly short bend thru the handle osage bows.
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Re: Amateur Bowyer's Gallery

Postby 4nolz » Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:13 am

I started making 1 piece longbows-Hill and RD most of which were 66".I dont have those pictures.
I made some 3 piece TD longbows experimenting with RD and Shallow limbs and 3 different limb pad angles.here's a couple.
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Re: Amateur Bowyer's Gallery

Postby 4nolz » Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:17 am

the most fun I have had was designing and learning to make short recurves.These are ~49".I made some sprayed with black truck bedliner for use in turkey blinds-short and manueverable and black.
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Re: Amateur Bowyer's Gallery

Postby 4nolz » Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:25 am

I was an avid Bear bow collector before I started making bows.I was surprised to find I didnt have many photos of my "homage" which is a 59/60 Kodiak copy.I wrote some articles for TBJ on making the form then buidling the bow.
Unfinished against the original (I used dymondwood)
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Re: Amateur Bowyer's Gallery

Postby 4nolz » Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:30 am

Every summer I try to "assign" myself a new task to learn.My main problem is I hardly ever shoot the same bow for more than a couple weeks,I'll kill something then put it away or give it away.Last summer's project was to start shooting 3 under,design a short takedown,and do curved riser accents.Ended up with a 56" takedown and shot it real well (4 deer and some hogs) but it is so much louder that I am not going to hunt with it anymore.

I also made molds and cast the antler limb bolts they are not real.
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Re: Amateur Bowyer's Gallery

Postby 4nolz » Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:36 am

I also experimented with changes in TD limb length and amount of "recurve".This is a 60" bow I made for a bear hunt (I ended up not going),meant to be indestructable-sprayed with bedliner and knurled limb bolts.This was about the time I discovered POA and asked questions about changing the limb profile.Ended up with a quick bow BUT you need to use a stringer for these they are very prone to twist.
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this shows some profiles of various takedowns including a PSE compound I made for bowfishing the so-called PSERF bow (PSE retrofit).The one on the bottom is an early OL Adcock 3 piece the others are mine.
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