2 new longbows

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Project by jerif posted 01-25-2014 08:03 PM 1291 views 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There seems to be some interest here in bowyer work, so I thought I would post pictures of my last 2 longbow projects. Both were built off the same form, so they have the same shape and profile. The one on the right has a bubinga / maple riser. Limb laminations are from the same woods, under clear fiberglass. On the left, the riser is rosewood, possibly the most beautiful wood I’ve ever worked with. The limb laminations are maple, with black fiberglass laminated to the front and back of each limb. Limb tips are laminated phenolic. Both are hunting weight bows.

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#1 posted 01-25-2014 08:14 PM

Always great to see your work! These bows are no exception. They look fabulous!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 01-25-2014 08:20 PM

Gotta love that!

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#3 posted 01-25-2014 09:51 PM

Very cool!! The one on the left is my favorite. Keep up the awesome work!

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#4 posted 01-25-2014 10:07 PM

A beautiful set of bows. Well done.

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#5 posted 01-25-2014 10:41 PM

Beautiful reflex/deflex long bows. I very badly want to try my hand at takedown revurves…. someday I’ll get around to it.

Are you making the tapered wood laminations yourself or buying already tapered pieces?

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#6 posted 01-26-2014 12:52 AM

String one up for us so we can see what it looks like.

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#7 posted 01-26-2014 01:08 AM

Beautiful work!

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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#8 posted 01-26-2014 04:35 AM

Thanks for the kind words. I buy the laminations already cut. I tried making them myself, but a good thickness sander is needed to get things that thin.

Takedown recurves are tricky. Took me 3 tries to get one just right.

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#9 posted 01-26-2014 11:08 AM

Nice work!

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#10 posted 01-26-2014 10:08 PM

Really nice. I think just about all of the hunters use compound bows now. It does take some strength and talent to be able to hunt with one of those. We had an range less then a mile from the house, so I grew up shooting for fun and tournaments. My Dad was good. He had a drawer full of pins. Any idea what pound pull these might be?

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