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Offline Knoll

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Black locust flexy handle . . . after several iterations!
« on: March 29, 2017, 07:54:32 pm »
Couple years ago JonW gifted me a near flawless piece of black locust. It stood in the garage until I hauled it to MoJam last year.

When I carried it under the shade of pavilion, Jon hollered, "whatcha got there Hill?" Knowing full well what it was and where it came from.   ;)
And after receiving confirmation that I really did know what was under my arm, next question, "Welllll, whatcha gonna do with it?"

I've not made a molle and like visuals/performance of this design. So that was first iteration of this stave. A 66" molle. Worked on it for several days, but didn't get anywhere near completed . . . many of you are well aware how slllllow I am. Took it home and, when I got it out again, just didn't like what had done.

Decided to reshape it into a pyramid. 2nd iteration. Kept length near the same. Reshaped limbs, and just didn't like it at all!

Here is that stave on its 3rd iteration. 58" ttt. Some flex in handle. Pin nocks. Built up handle with layers of 1/4" thick cork that comes in sheets from nearby big box store. Think there's 3 layers on belly and 1 on back. Formed arrow shelf from thick piece of leather. 45# @ 26".

This one will be going on a gobble hunt, with bit of luck and help from a friend.













Thanks for lookin'.
« Last Edit: July 06, 2017, 08:06:28 pm by Knoll »
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Offline steve b.

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Re: Black locust flexy handle . . . after several iterations!
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2017, 08:02:02 pm »
Tiller is great.  I love the cork idea and the nocks . Nice work on that one!

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Re: Black locust flexy handle . . . after several iterations!
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2017, 08:13:33 pm »
Tiller looks spot on. Best of luck with the...  (SH) :G
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Re: Black locust flexy handle . . . after several iterations!
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2017, 08:19:31 pm »
Nice turkey bow Knoll.Bloodwood tips?Good luck getting after them.I'm hearing a few around here nowadays too.I thought you might show that osage you were working on at Wright City.
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Re: Black locust flexy handle . . . after several iterations!
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2017, 08:20:24 pm »
Very nice looking bow Knoll.  Good luck with the gobblers
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Offline Knoll

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Re: Black locust flexy handle . . . after several iterations!
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2017, 08:23:43 pm »
Ed . . . the osage is on back straight of last lap. Maybe next week have some pics.

Thanks, fellas, for kind comments.
... alone in distant woods or fields, in unpretending sproutlands or pastures tracked by rabbits, even in a bleak and, to most, cheerless day .... .  I suppose that this value, in my case, is equivalent to what others get by churchgoing & prayer.  Hank Thoreau, 1857

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Re: Black locust flexy handle . . . after several iterations!
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2017, 08:27:45 pm »
Looking good Mike, nice work on that locust, and slow is just a state of mind
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Re: Black locust flexy handle . . . after several iterations!
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2017, 08:31:07 pm »
Great looking bow!  Very nice tiller.  That piece of wood was telling you what it wanted to be.  Nice work.
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Re: Black locust flexy handle . . . after several iterations!
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2017, 09:24:20 pm »
Great looking bow Mike, I like all of it

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Re: Black locust flexy handle . . . after several iterations!
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2017, 12:57:40 am »
Looks great, love the nocks
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Re: Black locust flexy handle . . . after several iterations!
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2017, 03:26:58 am »
Very nice looking bow.

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Re: Black locust flexy handle . . . after several iterations!
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2017, 03:57:56 am »
Nice bow Knoll. That piece of wood reminds me of my wife. Good thing you didn't rush right in and do the first thing she told you. Better to take your time and figure out what she really wants.lol.
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Re: Black locust flexy handle . . . after several iterations!
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2017, 04:00:11 am »
Thats a sweet looking bow Mr Hill. Did you get it done without any of those pesky frets that locust is known for? Your tiller looks perfect to me so I'm guessing yes. :)   Nice finish treatments too, stain, handle and tips look great. Hope to see a pic of that bow and a turkey.
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Re: Black locust flexy handle . . . after several iterations!
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2017, 04:40:50 am »
Very nice looking bow mike. We'll done
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Re: Black locust flexy handle . . . after several iterations!
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2017, 04:53:19 am »
Very nice p knoll  I like your built up handle hope you get a gobbler !
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