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Offline leonwood

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Mulberry Flatbow
« on: May 11, 2017, 07:47:34 am »
This is the latest selfbow I did, finished a few weeks ago and my current shooter.
It came from a pretty rotten mulberry log I got from a friend of mine. Sapwood all crumbly and lots of drying cracks. I managed to split some small staves from it.
Chased to the fourth ring beneath the sap to get a clean back and by then the stave was to thin for a stiff handle so I glued on a piece of ash to fix that.
The stave has a s-bend and had long drying splits on both sides. Could not avoid the split on one side so I decided to keep it centered in the tip, put some CA in it and ignore it for the rest of the build. (You can still see the split in the detail pic of the tip)
It needed some string alignment when first braced so I fixed the limbs with dry heat and flipped the tips a bit at the same time. Heard the split tip cracking more while heating it oops.
After it was finished I did not like the look of the ash handle so I spray painted it. I also did not really trust the split so I reinforced the end of the split with some CA soaked serving thread. The serving did not look very nice on its own so I added it to the other tip and the fades and painted the tips to look like the handle.
This is my first mulberry bow and I really like the wood. Works really easy and is really light in the hand.

Draw weight: 53#@28
Bow length: 66 ntn

Cheers,

Leon




















Offline hunterbob

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Re: Mulberry Flatbow
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2017, 07:57:10 am »
Sweet looking bow . Love the color contrast and the bend is spot on.

Offline Danzn Bar

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Re: Mulberry Flatbow
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2017, 08:04:40 am »
Very nicely done  looking forward to more of your work
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Offline Parnell

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Re: Mulberry Flatbow
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2017, 08:08:07 am »
Very beautiful work.  Nice job!
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Offline Badger

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Re: Mulberry Flatbow
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2017, 08:21:02 am »
  That is an impressive bow, good job, narrower than I would expect also.

Offline shofu

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Re: Mulberry Flatbow
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2017, 08:21:27 am »
That is a cool bow! What kind of finish did you use? Looks great!
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Offline BowEd

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Re: Mulberry Flatbow
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2017, 08:23:59 am »
Beautiful from first glance and that's what counts.A silk purse  from a sow's ear I call that.Good tiller.Nice job.I like the lightness in the hand of mulberry too.
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Offline DC

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Re: Mulberry Flatbow
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2017, 08:53:33 am »
Very nice bow after all the trials and tribulations, good job!
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Offline xin

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Re: Mulberry Flatbow
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2017, 09:05:16 am »
Beautiful wood and splendid craftsmanship.    This bow looks like a real shooter.  Great job.

Offline Aaron H

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Re: Mulberry Flatbow
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2017, 09:26:26 am »
Excellent work.  Finish is very nice

Offline upstatenybowyer

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Re: Mulberry Flatbow
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2017, 09:46:53 am »
Every thing looks tip top. I love Mulberry as well.  :OK
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Offline GlisGlis

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Re: Mulberry Flatbow
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2017, 09:55:43 am »
beautiful bow in every aspect

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Re: Mulberry Flatbow
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2017, 09:59:03 am »
Very nice work Leonwood. I can see you've been paying close attention and learned well. That is a beautiful bow from what looks like a challenging piece of wood. Well done and looking forward to seeing more in the future.
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Offline Marc St Louis

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Re: Mulberry Flatbow
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2017, 12:05:23 pm »
Very nice indeed.  Well done
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Offline RBLusthaus

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Re: Mulberry Flatbow
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2017, 12:44:01 pm »
Nice bend!  Love the finish.  Well done.  Russ