Lacewood Bow

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Project by CheyenneB posted 04-27-2009 10:10 PM 3761 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second reflex/deflex bow.

I custom made it for my first “customer” -my dad. He chose the wood and wants to do the fine finish work himself so this is rough sanded and unfinished and now in a box for the mail!

The body is lacewood with bamboo backing. The handle is a custom milled piece from Kenny’s Custom Archery “” in Kansas made of fitted pieces of lacewood and osage orange. To fill in the kerf of his milling process are thin laminates of padauk (I think) and maple.

I had a tough time laminating his pieces for the bow limbs, so in the end I had to get a lacewood plank and make the core from a single piece. This time I left the bamboo face intact so as not to compromise its integrity, and it will finish nicely with just a little sanding. The tips are water buffalo horn again.

The best part of this bow is the handle piece and how the design looked once I shaped it. The X-shape made by the shaping of the grip is very cool.

The lacewood is the best part and the worst part of this bow. It is beautiful but has poor compression strength. There are already stress lines appearing in the core of the bow, so this will be mainly decorative rather than functional. In the future I will use lacewood for handles and tips, but it is not suited for high-stress parts.

-- Cheyenne

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#1 posted 04-27-2009 10:21 PM

great looking project

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#2 posted 04-28-2009 02:14 AM

That is super sweet

-- Greg S.E. Ga.

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#3 posted 04-28-2009 03:07 AM

The Coolest to the max.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 04-28-2009 03:27 AM

Nice looking bow, I’ve tried using lacewood once as a core wood and found out the same thing. It’s great as an exterior laminate and handle material. Not so good for the core.

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#5 posted 04-28-2009 05:36 AM

this is Cheyenne’s dad; i am really proud of his work and am edified by the kiind comments of this group. i am really looking forward to getting my bow!!!@

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#6 posted 04-28-2009 05:45 AM

Nice looking bow. I used to shoot Dale Dye bows for years. Nothing like a custom bow. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 04-28-2009 07:20 PM

Great looking bow. I shot a recurve right up till the late 80s before I switched to compounds. What a difference. Took me a long time to get used to it. Never could get used to using sights. Still shot by instinct. Really cool looking bows. My first recurve was hand made. Lasted me from 1968-1987.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 04-29-2009 03:25 PM

Nice bow I like the tips.

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#9 posted 04-30-2009 06:34 PM

Those are really cool! Might get to try that some day. I’ll be watching and learning. Thanks, lots of good info.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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