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Reply #75 - Jan 27th, 2021 at 12:53pm
 
I took a piece of wood from council clippings
The bark looked like hazel but it felt heavier than hazel
edit don't think its hazel, maybe European Mountain Ash, either way, it seems to be a good wood.

A few hours of chopping, a work in progress, but currently #80 at 28'', I think when finished it will be around 70-75.
I can draw this weight. A nice challenge.
It's like a quarterstaff that also shoots arrows. This is my style of bow, a tillered tree trunk.
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Reply #76 - Jan 27th, 2021 at 2:20pm
 
Nice one J! Wish I could still pull 70 lbs all day
Finished the ystick bow. Pulls 20lbs @ 10.5". Quarter inch string follow both limbs. Weighs 4 oz.
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Reply #77 - Jan 27th, 2021 at 2:49pm
 
Well the heaviest bow I have shot so far is 45 pounds, 75 pounds is a huge jump. I can draw it but I haven't shot it. I need to make appropaite arrows first. But after drawing it 10 times my body said  enough. I'm just going to use it as a muscle trainer first.  I think this is about the highest drawweight I want to go.

Thats a neat little bow too walter !
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Reply #78 - Jan 27th, 2021 at 6:31pm
 
LOL and thanks Smiley Soon as I get some arrows made for ystick, I am starting my hazel nut short bow.
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Reply #79 - Jan 27th, 2021 at 7:26pm
 
Those bows look awesome.  I am still working on my 2nd one its a birch.


Has anyone made or seen the "penobscot bow" aka 'micmac war bow" ? Its from the tribes in my area, its technically a compound wooden bow. Its 2 bows together.  Its wicked.
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Reply #80 - Jan 27th, 2021 at 8:04pm
 
Abenaki confederation bow. AKA Penobscot war bow.  Grin
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Reply #81 - Jan 27th, 2021 at 9:11pm
 
Well i think it goes by 1000 different names. Just lucky i was able to spell and say 1/2 these tribe names.  Grin
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Reply #82 - Jan 27th, 2021 at 9:16pm
 
vetryan15 wrote on Jan 27th, 2021 at 7:26pm:
Those bows look awesome.  I am still working on my 2nd one its a birch.


Has anyone made or seen the "penobscot bow" aka 'micmac war bow" ? Its from the tribes in my area, its technically a compound wooden bow. Its 2 bows together.  Its wicked.


It's definitely an interesting idea for a bow. Makes me wonder if it's effective or even possible to be made as effective as modern primitive bows. That would be a fun project.
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Reply #83 - Jan 28th, 2021 at 1:40am
 
That is really neat. I'd seen the concept, but didn't realize it was a native American concept.
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Reply #84 - Jan 28th, 2021 at 3:36am
 
Since my area doesnt have very good wood to use. Thats what i read. But it could be wrong. I just dove into that information
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Reply #85 - Jan 28th, 2021 at 3:37am
 
Here is where i saw it

http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php?topic=10369.0

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Reply #86 - Jan 28th, 2021 at 12:56pm
 
I'm not sure what exactly you have up there but Birch and many other hardwoods will make a rocket launcher of a bow once you get the knack for it. Assuming you have it lol.
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Reply #87 - Jan 28th, 2021 at 3:12pm
 
I have birch, maple, dogwood, and willow.

I read somewhere i really dont remember where. But i do have a few of Jim Hamm books and i remember him saying what i listed as a few. . Since i am still relatively new to this game. I read a ton of information.  But i am aware i gotta be careful with what read. It was probably that senerio, i read it on aforum or something
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Reply #88 - Jan 28th, 2021 at 3:41pm
 
You guys have sugar maple up there right? I think I remember you saying you were tapping them. Anyways, fantastic bow wood. One of my favorites. Dogwood, depending on the species makes traditional Native American shafts. Those have been used for thousands of years as arrows. So if it's the right kind it sounds like you are all good. So the maple, birch and dogwood are nice to have. Willow is trash and can be burned with no regerts as they say.
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Reply #89 - Jan 28th, 2021 at 6:53pm
 
Yeh i have sugar maple. The 1st bow i made was maple. I havent seen dogwood around, but i haven't seen any. I read willow was good for arrows. But i dont have any on my land.my current one is a birch, its coming slowly. It looks like i will habe to cut logs and carve down arrows. My thumb plane just showed up today.i almost forgot i do have a ton of white ash growing, most are very small diameter
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