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#1 posted 09-06-2013 08:06 AM
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"
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#2 posted 09-06-2013 11:59 AM
It will certainly stop anybody trying to snitch a snag out of the BBQ!
-- Regards Robert
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#3 posted 09-06-2013 12:53 PM
Can you share some details about the build? I used to be a pretty good shot with a compound when I was younger. I have two (very) young boys and it’d be great to get back into it when they’re a little older. It’d be especially cool for them to be able to shoot bows that their dad made, though an 82 lb pull sounds more like a grown man’s bow.
-- "Those who are not dissatisfied will never make any progress" - Dr. Shigeo Shingo
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#4 posted 09-06-2013 01:16 PM
We used to call that an “Elephant Bow” back in the 80s when Jennings made one in the 80# to 100+# range. Impressive but more details would be nice.
-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington
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#5 posted 09-06-2013 02:09 PM
Great job! You’re more f a man than me if you can pull and shoot an 82 pound longbow! I made a 60 pounder (see my projects) and it’s all I can handle. It would be very satisfying to use a bow made by hand. I hunted with mine, but the deer wisely stayed far away. :-)
-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana
#6 posted 09-06-2013 03:21 PM
The day before , I finished this one; I snapped the upper limb on another, that seemed to have better wood ,I was very close to the final tiller, and too yeager to shoot it. So that gave me more caution on this one. I read P. comstock and jim Hams books years ago and broke many an attempt . I read a lot of excerpts of Dean Torges an Tim Baker, Jay massie , many others . Spelling my be wrong. This bow is backed with sinew . It wound up having more set than I want , I’ve got more to go. ... Maple rock , I used to shoot 143 # Martin laminated long bow. So shooting 90ish would be easier to hunt with. The muscle used to pull a bow is not used for any thing else ,but responds well with practice . I thank you all for the kind words, I didn’t know about this site , it was the hophornbeam tree that got me here .so thanks to the mighty hornbeam , glad to meet you all. Fine site!
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#7 posted 09-06-2013 07:09 PM
Nice job. I have made a few longbows and one crossbow but I made them of oak. There is a forum for folks that build bows that I used to go to. “Bowers” or something like that.
-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"
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#8 posted 09-07-2013 12:02 AM
Impressive. I have never made a bow but always wanted to.
-- A childs smile is payment enough.
#9 posted 09-07-2013 02:06 AM
Hunter 71 ;you should try one !though , beware ,it may be addictive !
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#10 posted 09-07-2013 08:43 AM
Nice bow. The maple look beautiful. Have you managed to get the curve balanced on both ends? I found that the trickiest part of building mine (apart from learning how to use a spokeshave properly).
#11 posted 09-07-2013 10:14 PM
http://bowyersjournal.forumchitchat.com/ << This is one of the bowyers forums.
#12 posted 09-07-2013 10:34 PM
Good eye Mac , it has a skosh too + tiller , the string on the BBQ , is about 8 twist too loose and the other too tight.i tried to tiller it like my. Martin and H.Hill big five. Both Hill types. As soon as I see set! It’s time for another, till I get it with the least string follow., elm or black locust , in the wings (next).
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#13 posted 09-07-2013 11:11 PM
That is one nice looking bow
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