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My first stickbow
Oct 12th, 2018 at 6:18pm
 
I was lucky enough to obtain some black locust Robinia pseudoacacia
I have had 1 attempt with the skinnier of the staffs.
Result is a 60" 10#@28 but hey it shoots.

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Reply #1 - Oct 13th, 2018 at 3:37am
 
Not bad! That looks really good. I've been thinking the next big project (after I finish all the other big projects...) will be a bow. I already have the bow I made using old skis but a proper wood bow would be nice.
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Reply #2 - Oct 13th, 2018 at 5:05am
 
It's addictive. I've tryed a few times . This is the best I've done but still lots to learn.
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Reply #3 - Oct 13th, 2018 at 2:59pm
 
He's been bitten by the bow building bug folks. It's all downhill from here!  Smiley

Looking forward to more pics Mersa.
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Reply #4 - Oct 14th, 2018 at 5:46pm
 
First slings.  Then bows.  Atlatls next.  He's doomed.
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Reply #5 - Oct 14th, 2018 at 10:47pm
 
Bill Skinner wrote on Oct 14th, 2018 at 5:46pm:
First slings.  Then bows.  Atlatls next.  He's doomed.


and very busy  Smiley
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Reply #6 - Oct 15th, 2018 at 6:03am
 
Ha ha yeah it's the beginning of the end !!
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Reply #7 - Nov 5th, 2018 at 4:05am
 
Well in just over 24 hours I will know if I succeeded or failed, in the varnish waiting to dry and be strung up.
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Reply #8 - Nov 16th, 2018 at 3:06pm
 
That's a nice tiller to the bow, very even and good tapers on the tips.  Its always best to start with low weight and work your way up. I always tried to make hunting weight bows and always took too much wood off and ended with 20# pulls.  I ruined 7 staves before I really felt like I had a good hunting bow.  Fortunately I used local wood instead of buying staves.
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Reply #9 - Nov 16th, 2018 at 3:50pm
 
Well I have the bug that's for sure.
I ended up only getting 10# @ 28" but hey it's my first bow that I got to this stage and the wood was green knotty and snakey propeller twist.
The remainder of the staves are in different working stages but hopefully I can increase the weights as I learn .
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Reply #10 - Nov 16th, 2018 at 7:29pm
 
I agree with mountainman, the low draw weight aside, the bow looks great.  My first bow was also a low draw weight.  I think it came out at 22 or 23 lb @ 28".  But to this day I still shoot it on occasion.

Is all the wood you're working with black locust?  That's definitely a good bow wood.  But not one I've worked with personally.
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Reply #11 - Nov 16th, 2018 at 7:32pm
 
Yes it is , black locust or as I knew it Robinia pseudoacacia , I'm an arborist so I'm lucky enough that the wood comes from trees I have removed. Free wood allows for more mistakes in the learning process.
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Reply #12 - Nov 17th, 2018 at 4:49am
 
I'm currently working with black locust. very nice wood colors!

With bow making I either go too fast at the pulling or at the removing of wood Tongue

Nice job with those knots.
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Reply #13 - Nov 28th, 2018 at 4:44pm
 
I have bow no2 and no3 basically ready for final sand and varnish. Getting better but still lots to learn.
Bow no2 (slapstick) roughly 45#@20" 46inch strung 5inch brace
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