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Project by Barksavage posted 158 days ago 2699 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I searched all over Southern California for a Plank of “Figured” Maple. I was very pleased to find the wood came alive with Lindseed Oil. I was determined to build this weapon from scratch. The arrows (bolts) were made from hardwood dowels. The Bowstring needed a Flemish style twist that required time on utube to learn the technique. When I took it to a range they said it was to dangerous to shoot indoors. I did shoot it and found it very accurate at 25 yards.

-- Barksavage

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#1 posted 158 days ago

Nice! I love curly maple. What did you use for the limbs?

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

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#2 posted 158 days ago


CA legal?

Shh—we will not tell!

Very pretty also.

-- just rjR

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#3 posted 158 days ago

Very nice crossbow. The maple looks great. I find it odd that a wooden bolt is more dangerous than lead projectile flying at 1100+ feet per second.

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#4 posted 158 days ago

Nothing is legal in Ca.
According to all the warnings, you’ll get cancer from everything, so don’t do anything.

Nice wood, nice work.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 158 days ago

Not to dangerous to shoot…...too pretty to shoot, LOL

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#6 posted 158 days ago

that is awesome, great job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#7 posted 158 days ago

That oughta take down a bobcat or two.
Very nice!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 158 days ago

Very cool/enviable

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#9 posted 158 days ago

Very pretty. How did you build the limbs? Laminated? Glass?

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

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#10 posted 157 days ago

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 157 days ago

Very nice crossbow. When I was in high school I made a pistol crossbow. Made the trigger mechanism but it is a very heavy pull. What did a high school kid know at that time.

Where did you get your plans? Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#12 posted 156 days ago

Looks like a fun toy. Nice build!

-- Brian Timmons -

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