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Offline upstatenybowyer

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Maple-Backed Buckthorn D/R
« on: July 04, 2018, 09:10:00 am »
Well folks, this is my first successful attempt at making a wood backed bow. I couldn't have done it without the help of you all, specifically Marc St. Louis, DC, bubby, Bayou Ben, Springbuck, Stickbender, PatM, Pat B, Glis Glis, Dances with squirrels and many others I'm sure I'm forgetting.

For me, this was not an easy type of bow to make. There is so much preparation and forethought involved. There were many times when I felt like giving up. But I kept pushing on, trying to learn as much as possible from the failures.

This bow shoots in the mid 170s w/ a 520 grain arrow. Next time I'm gonna try gluing in more reflex. Thanks as always for sharing all your experience and checking out this bow.  :)

65" ttt
55# @ 27.5"
water buffalo horn tip overlays
paduk underlays
maple and osage handle build up
leather grip
northern water snake skin
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Re: Maple-Backed Buckthorn D/R
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2018, 09:11:06 am »
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"Even as the archer loves the arrow that flies, so too he loves the bow that remains constant in his hands."

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Re: Maple-Backed Buckthorn D/R
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2018, 09:11:52 am »
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"Even as the archer loves the arrow that flies, so too he loves the bow that remains constant in his hands."

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Re: Maple-Backed Buckthorn D/R
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2018, 09:12:52 am »
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Re: Maple-Backed Buckthorn D/R
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2018, 09:33:35 am »
Way to hang in there Jeff. I'm sure you learned a bunch from your success to. I'm thinking that's a very smooth shooting 170 fps with those profiles. I'm guessing your right about adding more glued in reflex next time. That full draw doesn't look overly stressed and guessing it could gain a bit more speed and cast. It should however be a long lasting bow and 170 fps is a very nice number. Knew now that school is out we'd be seeing more bows from you.
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Re: Maple-Backed Buckthorn D/R
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2018, 09:34:54 am »
Beauty of a bow Jeff.I like it.
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Re: Maple-Backed Buckthorn D/R
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2018, 09:51:42 am »
A bow to be proud of - Way to go - Wish you lots of fun with it!! cheers

Offline upstatenybowyer

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Re: Maple-Backed Buckthorn D/R
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2018, 10:19:50 am »
Thanks Ed and simk.  :)

She does shoot pretty smooth BJ. So much to learn with this hobby of ours. I like making these bows cause I've still got a long way to go. Makes me really appreciate the ones Marc ends up with.
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Offline DC

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Re: Maple-Backed Buckthorn D/R
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2018, 10:35:48 am »
Very nice. Great finishing. The Maple backed Yew I made a while back ended up with very close to the same profile and it's my favourite shooter at the moment, nice and smooth. I'm working on a Maple Cascara now. Kind of a cousin :).
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Offline bushboy

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Re: Maple-Backed Buckthorn D/R
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2018, 10:38:15 am »
Looks awesome!top notch fit and finish!
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Offline Morgan

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Re: Maple-Backed Buckthorn D/R
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2018, 12:05:32 pm »
Outstanding job on that one! That style is on my long list of really want to learn to make. Would you be able to glue in that type of profile with a two piece backing strip, ow would it need to be full length?

Offline leonwood

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Re: Maple-Backed Buckthorn D/R
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2018, 01:40:03 pm »
Pretty combo buckthorn and maple! Looks like a smooth shooter.

Offline ntvbowyer1969

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Re: Maple-Backed Buckthorn D/R
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2018, 03:34:30 pm »
Great looking bow.the colors of the chosen woods go great together.

Offline upstatenybowyer

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Re: Maple-Backed Buckthorn D/R
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2018, 09:58:18 pm »
Thanks a bunch DC. Lookin' forward to seeing that maple/Cascara.  ;)

Thanks bushy.

Morgan, I'm sure a 2 piece backing would be just fine. Marc and DC use them all the time.

Thank you Leon and ntv, both of your opinions a highly valued.
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Re: Maple-Backed Buckthorn D/R
« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2018, 10:21:01 pm »
Sweet! Noice job!