Bow Holder

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Project by SisQMark posted 11-20-2011 11:15 AM 1170 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this is a bow holder for my father-in-law. He really needed a place for this fine bow that has served him so well over the years, & I wanted it to be special. He has been a hunter all of his life, now (76 years old) and taken some very nice animals with this bow. He also has been in too many to count bow tournaments in Northern California & Southern Oregon. I thought I would make him something to proudly display it. It’s just fitting that it be displayed with a few of his trophies. I tried to fit in some elements of his native American lineage as well as something to remind him of his tournament days. I started out by carving the feathers out of some bass wood, also for the buffalo skull. It’s horns are made out of walnut as well as the background with the carved mountains & arrow heads for the limb mounts. The buffalo skull has been glued to a piece of yellow heart to simulate the moon, or sun. I made the piece that the handle sits on & covered it with some deer hide from a nice blacktail he harvested a couple of years ago, some protection against scratches. The little targets are made from some oak and covered with some felt rings in alternating white & red. The targets are removable as I used some rare earth magnets on the back of them as well as the posts they attach to. I made four little arrows from some 3/16” dowel I had and used real feathers to fletch them. Unbelievably a pain in the you know what! I made some plugs out of some left over bloodwood pieces to cover the screw holes after mounting.The last picture shows his bow proudly displayed on his wall. He loves it, all my hard work really paid off this time. The most important thing is I made him happy & gave his bow a nice place to rest. Thanks for checking out my project, happy woodworking & have a great day!

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#1 posted 11-20-2011 12:07 PM

this is wonderful.
All elements are so meaningful and well thought out. I especially like the mountain top, which for me, really brings it all together reminding us of the grandeur of nature.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 11-20-2011 03:23 PM

Great looking project. I like the skull the best. Thanks for sharing.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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