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Offline Carson (CMB)

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Bamboo Backed Yew Bow - 53 #@28"
« on: June 28, 2015, 05:19:56 pm »
I finally put together a bamboo backed bow, and here it is...
66" nock to nock
53# @ 28"
Flipped the tips slightly after it was all glued up
Glued up with Unibond -800 (formerly Urac-185)
water buffalo horn overlays on tips and handle build up.
The strikeplate is inlayed ivory form old piano key tops
Rest is of cork topped with leather scrap
I had trouble getting the stained effect I wanted on the bamboo, so I gave up and instead applied shellac tinted with leather dye, and applied with a paint brush to get the black, then did used a little titanium oxide pigment in shellac dabbed on with a cheap little craft paint brush. When it was all said and done, I realized I had ripped off Weylin Olive's evenstar bow finish http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,40669.0.html 
I hope you take it as a compliment Weylin  :)

The arrows made for the bow are 30" BOP, 11/32" tail tapered to 5/16" nocks. Shafts are Douglas fir, from Surewood Shafts. 125 grn point on 65-70# spine, and these 550 grn arrows fly like darts out of this bow. I really like how this bow performs. I haven't shot it through a chrono, but I am guessing it surpasses any selfbow I have made.
While it does perform, I have to say that I like the process of building a selfbow much more than these glue-ups...but  I might have to make a couple more...maybe I will learn to like it  >:D

































« Last Edit: June 28, 2015, 05:24:17 pm by Carson (CMB) »
"The bow is the old first lyre,
the mono chord, the initial rune of fine art
The humanities grew out from archery as a flower from a seed
No sooner did the soft, sweet note of the bow-string charm the ear of genius than music was born, and from music came poetry and painting and..." Maurice Thompso

Offline IdahoMatt

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Re: Bamboo Backed Yew Bow - 53 #@28"
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2015, 05:33:49 pm »
Yet another piece of lethal art work.  Great job Carson
« Last Edit: June 29, 2015, 12:16:11 am by IdahoMatt »

Offline bushboy

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Re: Bamboo Backed Yew Bow - 53 #@28"
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2015, 05:37:55 pm »
Like every thing about that one! 8)
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Offline hunterbob

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Re: Bamboo Backed Yew Bow - 53 #@28"
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2015, 05:50:09 pm »
I love the colors of that one. And the bend is spot on. Congrats on a great bow.

Offline bubby

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Re: Bamboo Backed Yew Bow - 53 #@28"
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2015, 06:03:03 pm »
Looks great carson
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Offline Danzn Bar

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Re: Bamboo Backed Yew Bow - 53 #@28"
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2015, 07:00:16 pm »
Very very nice.....
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Offline Will H

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Re: Bamboo Backed Yew Bow - 53 #@28"
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2015, 07:27:40 pm »
That's a super nice one there! Killer combo! I know what you are saying about the glue ups. They grow on you though. I think I will always be a selfbow guy at heart.
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Offline Carson (CMB)

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Re: Bamboo Backed Yew Bow - 53 #@28"
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2015, 07:32:54 pm »
Thanks Matt!  :) "Leather" art work?  ???
Thanks Bushboy!
I appreciate it Huntrebob. Getting a good bend on these laminates is almost too easy  ;)
Thanks bubby, Thanks Danzn Bar!
Yeah Will, the yew and bamboo seem to work pretty well together. I am sure it will grow on me. Part of it was having to struggle through the process as a beginner when I knew I could be working on stave bows with much more ease.
"The bow is the old first lyre,
the mono chord, the initial rune of fine art
The humanities grew out from archery as a flower from a seed
No sooner did the soft, sweet note of the bow-string charm the ear of genius than music was born, and from music came poetry and painting and..." Maurice Thompso

Offline Aaron H

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Re: Bamboo Backed Yew Bow - 53 #@28"
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2015, 07:44:45 pm »
More great work Carson, well done

Offline TimBo

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Re: Bamboo Backed Yew Bow - 53 #@28"
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2015, 07:45:34 pm »
That is one hot looking bow!  I really like the slender grip and the color scheme.

Offline Ryan C

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Re: Bamboo Backed Yew Bow - 53 #@28"
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2015, 09:23:11 pm »
Wow that's awesome. Really smooth transition from the wood to horn.

Offline bowmo

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Re: Bamboo Backed Yew Bow - 53 #@28"
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2015, 11:08:05 pm »
She's a beaut. Really nice all round. Bamboo backed yes bows are a real feather in the hand.

Offline IdahoMatt

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Re: Bamboo Backed Yew Bow - 53 #@28"
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2015, 12:17:06 am »
Sorry Carson stupid auto correct.  I meant lethal

Offline Carson (CMB)

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Re: Bamboo Backed Yew Bow - 53 #@28"
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2015, 01:40:01 am »
Thanks Falcon!
Thanks Timbo!
Thanks Ryan!
Bowmo you are right about that. It is deceiving almost that something so soft and subtle in the hand can send an arrow down range with such authority. It is not a speed demon, but it shoots an arrow at speeds comparable to much more jarring fiberglass recurves.
That is not so bad of an autocorrect, it almost made sense. I have had some autocrrects that were way off in embarrassing ways  ;D
Thanks for the nice comment. I hope for the recipient of this bow that it does prove lethal this fall.
"The bow is the old first lyre,
the mono chord, the initial rune of fine art
The humanities grew out from archery as a flower from a seed
No sooner did the soft, sweet note of the bow-string charm the ear of genius than music was born, and from music came poetry and painting and..." Maurice Thompso

Offline Del the cat

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Re: Bamboo Backed Yew Bow - 53 #@28"
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2015, 02:34:44 am »
Yeah, another gorgeous bow :)
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