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Homemade bows (Pic heavy)

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by osagebow, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. osagebow

    osagebow Minister of Fire

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    Well, fall is bearing down on us so i decided to post some pics of what I hope to use to fill my freezer with this year. (If not, the .308 works fine...) start with some riven /split hedge...get close to bow size and Dry, dry, dry...To around 7-8% MC! You can build a drying box or use hot attic / sunny car.
    ( Idea : Put those fresh white oak splits in the wife's cobalt - they'll be ready by fall! ;lol )

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    Take a drawknife to it....layout a bow, drawknife some more...scrape, tiller repeat...

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    Stain, glue snakeskins if available. This huge milksnake was hit by a student of mine on the way to school. Of course he brought it in.
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  2. osagebow

    osagebow Minister of Fire

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    Copperhead version:

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    52# at my 27" draw - a 32 Inch draw would mean a bow almost foot longer - too long to hunt with - this is my shortest at 60 inches long.Max range? 25 yards.

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    Stained hunting bow - prefer a shorter lower limb, balances the handle better. Managed to score with this one.

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    Goofy "good luck hat" wife got me worked.
  3. DexterDay

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    You are a true craftsmen. Lots of patience there......

    Thanks for sharing....
  4. fishingpol

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    Nice job. As a woodworker, I can appreciate the skill it took to make those bows. The copperhead bow is especially nice the way the color of the skin transforms almost seamlessly to the wood.

    I've made a few walking sticks over the years using a drawknife and bench vise. One day I was reading an Eric Sloane book and it had drawings of a "shaving horse" which is a seat with a swinging clamp actuated by a foot pedal. It allows you to work the piece, let the treadle go and rotate it or push or pull it towards you. It is quite a timesaver. I attached a pic and google images has a bunch of pictures also. It looks real simple to make and I'm sure the jaw can be modified with a rounded edge for more grip.


    Nothing wrong with your hat. I have a few Boonie hats just for working out in the sun since they cover my ears and I can soak them in water and wear them wet if need be.

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  5. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

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    Nice work, do you also make arrows? :cool:
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    Very neat craftsmanship.
  7. osagebow

    osagebow Minister of Fire

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    Thanks guys -
    By the way, this hobby has a very steep learning curve, is fun as all get out, plus you get to cut more wood!

    Any other bowyers out there, feel free to post your stuff here!

    I have no art/sculpture aptitude whatsoever before doing this - I can barely write legibly - A few forums like paeoplanet and primitive archer, (the one I'm on) have all the instructions needed. they got me building serviceable equipment, and I'd love to help out anyone wanting to give it a shot.

    Fishingpol - made a shaving horse, but it fell apart lol...too many moving parts!

    Defiant - i buy the shafts, nocks, fletches, metal broadheads, and assemble. Some guys even collect shoots or bamboo for shafts, use sinew,and knapped stone heads.

    Deer arrows - (except the blunt on the bottom - that's for the yappy squirrel that ruins my hunt...) i don't use this relective tape any more, hunt from the ground in a ghillie

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    flu flus for stump practice / small game. The big fletches slow arrow after 20 yards, reducing breakage. Those hex bolts are cheap, tough, lethal, but easily replaced if broken off. They also don't bury as easy as field points.

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    thanks all for looking.
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  8. Beetle-Kill

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    Great stuff!!
    I will be PM'ing you in the near future if that's cool with you.
    Ever designed a take-down?
  9. osagebow

    osagebow Minister of Fire

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    No problem - haven't done a take down yet. 3rivers archery sells metal sleeves to use for one, maybe this winter once I decide I finally have 3 years worth of oak :)
  10. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    I hear ya'. I'll hit you up in the next few months, my plate is pretty full also.
  11. osagebow

    osagebow Minister of Fire

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    sent ya some cool links to check out

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