Hybrid laminated longbows

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Project by 1stump posted 1047 days ago 2816 views 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These bows were made for my niece and her husband as wedding gifts. I promised these to them when they were married five years ago! At least I followed through and made them as promised I guess. The dark bow is his and measures 60” AMO and draws 62# 28 inches, it uses cocobolo in the riser (handle) section and bocote as a veneer over the core limb laminations. He shoots right handed. Her bow measures 56" AMO and draws 34# 28 inches, using bocote in both the riser and the limb veneers. She shoots left handed. I had fun making them and it was a joy to see the look on their faces when I suprised them with the gifts, though it was five years late.

I found no “tags” that were related to bows or the skills involved in their making! “Toy” is as close as I could get, though it really is a tool you can have fun with. Like most tools I guess!

-- Loving what I do, while I do it for Christ !

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#1 posted 1047 days ago

They Look fantastic.

better late than never.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 1047 days ago

They sure came out beautiful! Not only is the wood beautiful, but the sleek design and details give them a high tech/elegant look. Great design and executuion!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 1047 days ago

Great looking bows. My son and I build them for a side business so I know how much work goes into one. Your niece and her husband will get years of pleasure from them.

-- SATISFACTION = a large pile of sawdust and a great finish when the job is done

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#4 posted 1047 days ago

Longbows have been on my list for a long time…....these are very beautiful.


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#5 posted 1047 days ago

Amazing. Well done.

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#6 posted 1047 days ago

Awesome!! You can write in your own tags in the box at the bottom of the project.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Michael Wilson

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#7 posted 1047 days ago

That’s gorgeous. Bravo.

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#8 posted 1047 days ago

They are worth waiting for!
Beautiful bows, beautiful work.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Don W

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#9 posted 1047 days ago

very nice job. You don’t appreciate how hard making a bow is until you’ve tried it. What are the draw weights? Can you predict what they will turn out to be when your making them, roughly?

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#10 posted 1047 days ago

With a known bow form and length it is not hard to get very close to a targeted draw wieght. Bingham Projects has charts for all of their bow patterns (of which this is not) giving the builder a guide for draw weights. I have the draw wieghts listed in the story, but they are 62lbs and 34lbs.

-- Loving what I do, while I do it for Christ !

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#11 posted 1047 days ago

Nice looking bows. It would be nice if you could do a blog on the manufacturing process.
The wood selection process is always of interest.
Of course if you promise to do a blog here, could you make it in less than five years? :-)

-- Mel,

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#12 posted 1047 days ago

Beautiful work! Great wood selection too. I’d get married again if someone would make me a bow like that!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#13 posted 1047 days ago

They would be worth the 5-year wait! They are really works of art. We’d be willing to take them off their hands if they get tired of them. They’d work perfectly for us! Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 1047 days ago

Beautiful! I know there is a lot of work involed in making a quality bow. Married 5 years! Most marriages now don’t last that long.

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#15 posted 1047 days ago

excellent craftmanship..a joy to see

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