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Project by cavemancarpenter posted 627 days ago 2402 views 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished a new laminated horsebow. It has black glass back and belly with tempered bamboo laminations in the limbs. The riser is quilted maple and the syhas (ends) are quilted maple with a purpleheart spine laminated between. I used a two stage dye to make the grain pop. Riser is cut either for a left handed shooter or shooting with a thumb ring.

Been working on this model for over a year and when through A LOT of different forms until I finally got the bugs worked out. Hey that’s half the fun right! She is FAST! Probably the fastest bow I have ever made.

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





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 627 days ago

Gorgeous work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Yekrub

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#2 posted 627 days ago

Beautiful looking bow.

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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 627 days ago

Very nicely done. If you get a chance to chronograph the speed, please share.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Chris Moellering

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#4 posted 627 days ago

Nicely done. What kind of draw weight does it have?

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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cavemancarpenter

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#5 posted 627 days ago

She’s at 55# @ 28” draw and pushin the upper 200’s in fps. I want to get my friends chrono calibrated because I can’t believe it as fast as it reads (295 +)

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

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sarahss

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#6 posted 627 days ago

can you elaborate on the 2 stage dye? I really like the look and would like to learn more.

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cavemancarpenter

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#7 posted 627 days ago

Sure, I sanded the wood down to 180 grit, dyed with black transtint dye (I mixed about 1/2 bottle of transtint with about 2 cups of water, have a LOT left over so you really don’t need near the amount I mixed, lol)applied three good soaking coats letting them dry about a day between coats. Then I sanded her back down till the grain pattern showed through again and hit it with bright red dye (same mix) wiskering between the first and second coat. After she was all good and dry I clear coated with 3 coats. Much the same treatment a few of the guys use on here for there boxes.

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

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sarahss

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#8 posted 627 days ago

Thanks Caveman. sounds too simple to look so good!!

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murch

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#9 posted 627 days ago

Caveman – I know zip about the process of bow-making but this looks fabulous.
You sound happy with the end result and so you should. Well done.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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HillbillyShooter

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#10 posted 627 days ago

If you’re getting upper 200’s in fps and this is an original design, I’d highly recommend you check out getting your design patented! Fantastic, and much better looking than the mechanical, cam bows.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Dennisgrosen

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#11 posted 627 days ago

Damm beautyfull bow
reminds me of the horsebow´s the Genghis Khan´s hords used back in the early 13th.-century
when he establish the biggest empire there ever have been
from what I remember from my reading about it already back then were the bows was only made with naturel materials they were said to be fast shooters
not long reached as the English Longbows but both type at the time they was used formidable
weapons together with the tactics the enemy had no answer against first many times they were
exposed to them

Dennis

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cavemancarpenter

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#12 posted 627 days ago

I actually have a few recurve designs that come in at the low to mid 200’s but this one smokes them all. We did 12 shots through my friends chrono and the first and lowest was 275 fps. (the last shot was 296 fps) The more the bow relaxed from shooting the faster it got. I will play around with arrow weight/length this weekend and also try and find another chrono to check along with setting my shooting machine/stand up for constant release (all done with gloved fingers till now) and see what we come up with.

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

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Gshepherd

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#13 posted 627 days ago

Wow, beautiful Bow….. Lay it down and it looks like a large snake….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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Arthouse

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#14 posted 627 days ago

Breathtaking, To think it is an art form but can kill. I am Jealous you have the know how and passion to achieve one of my dreams. You keep reaching for the stars caveman .

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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Egor

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#15 posted 627 days ago

Love it. I build R/D Longbows and recurves. I know what you mean by trial and error in a new form design. Especially one of your design. I haven’t tried one of this style but have thought about it.
Great job. Would love to see full draw pics. What taper rate did you use on your lams….... Brock

-- Brock, Illinois

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