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Old 27 June 2018, 11:16
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I forgot to ever come back and post more pictures. I've made a couple more bows since then, so I'll post pictures once I get them off my phone later.
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Old 27 June 2018, 15:24
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By all means...I forgot about this thread when you started it. Looking forward to the pics
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Old 27 June 2018, 15:40
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I never used that Osage board by the way. It's leaning against my shed. If you pass through NOVA you can have it.
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Old 27 June 2018, 15:49
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I never used that Osage board by the way. It's leaning against my shed. If you pass through NOVA you can have it.
Fair enough. I'm actually going to be passing through there in October for some professional training, provided another company doesn't manage to snatch me away between now and then.
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Old 27 June 2018, 16:03
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So, I can't find pictures of most of the work, but this is the last one I made.

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Old 27 June 2018, 16:07
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I have a couple of small osage staves drying out right now that I'm going to use to make a couple of youth bows, and a 4' stave I'm going to see if I can sinew-back and get a decent draw length out of for a horsebow, or for use in dense woods...places where a longbow just doesn't work.



Edit: I know osage is insane for a youth bow, but I found the staves cheap, and they're too small to do anything else with...so the stepson and the nephew will just have (hopefully) works of art to learn with. Because...why not?
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Old 27 June 2018, 21:22
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Old 10 August 2018, 00:24
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I'm finally going to take the plunge on this. I want to kill a big game animal with a bow and arrow I made myself, so last year I cut a bunch of yew trees that I finally got around to splitting. I figure they still have a year or more to dry so in the mean time I picked up an Osage stave from a local guy and he threw in a small stave so I can build my son one to shoot with me. Going to start on the little guys first so any mistakes are caught in a free stave and one that is only going to pull like 10lbs. This piece is pretty cool as it will hopefully center shoot with the way it snakes right at the handle. Hoping to get it chased down to a single ring in the next week.
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Old 12 August 2018, 21:47
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So I got the back chased down to a single ring and its floor tillering. Need to build a tillering stick so I can see how even the limbs are. Mamma and Oma's poultry better watch out when little man gets a hold of this thing.
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Old 14 August 2018, 20:29
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So I got the back chased down to a single ring and its floor tillering. Need to build a tillering stick so I can see how even the limbs are. Mamma and Oma's poultry better watch out when little man gets a hold of this thing.
That's gonna be absolutely beautiful! Keep us posted!
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Old 14 August 2018, 21:05
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Thank you! This has been something I've wanted to do since I was about eight and it took having a 51/2 year old to get it done. I'll definitely be making the adult one next. Going to try to twist up a Flemish string for this one instead of the para cord. Also probably reflex the tips to speed it up a bit, but it shot some old aluminum arrows 100 plus feet. Not sure how much more range I want to give the boy



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Old 14 August 2018, 21:42
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^^^Beautiful work! Congratulations for a job well done!
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Old 15 August 2018, 13:26
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How does it shoot? We need a video!
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Old 15 August 2018, 16:41
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It shot the aluminum ones pretty good but had a hard time stabilizing out past fifty feet or so. I dug up an old carbon one that I'll test tonight. I need to build some arrows for it to match the low draw weight. I got a handful of shafts just need to fletch them. I'll try and get one as soon as I reflex the limbs.
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Old 15 August 2018, 21:19
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Nice character in that bow.
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Old 16 August 2018, 07:49
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Massively Cool, all of you guys have truly made works of functional art.
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Old 18 August 2018, 22:55
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I found a real straight grained larch snag the other day at work that I thought would make good arrows. It's running around 25-30 rings to the inch. It was a ways from the pickup so I cut a 40" section out of it and split it into about twenty fence post sized pieces that got packed out.

I split one of the posts into smaller chunks then planned it down to a flat 3/8th dowel. That got turned into an octagon, then 16 sided, then sanded and ended up with right at 11/32 sized arrow.

Got my string making stuff in the mail so a Flemish string is on the todo list. I have to say this could get addicting!
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