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Offline Bojahu

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Ash Propeller Bow
« on: February 09, 2019, 08:24:58 pm »
This one was tricky. The whole stave was pretty wonky. Not much Hardwood here in south east Idaho so I about flipped my top when I found a small stand of white ash. The trees were far from perfect but I figured I give it a go. The staves were pretty gnarly but I finally got a bow. Each limb has opposing snaky bends and propeller twist. She is 57 inches tip to tip modeled after some neolithic European bows. I toasted the belly to help with set. Pulls #50 @28. The twist in the upper limb makes it appear to have a stiff spot in the upper half. But after putting it on the tillering tree and taking a few good looks from different angles it does actually bend true. This one was a lot of fun, but was definitely one of the most tricky staves I've had the pleasure of working on.

Offline Bojahu

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Re: Ash Propeller Bow
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2019, 08:27:00 pm »
Full draw

Offline Del the cat

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Re: Ash Propeller Bow
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2019, 11:08:22 pm »
Lovely elegant shape :)
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Offline kbear

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Re: Ash Propeller Bow
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2019, 11:09:58 pm »
Man, that's a cool bow. Really like those tips. Nice work  :OK
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Offline dreamcraft_archery

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Re: Ash Propeller Bow
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2019, 12:57:15 am »
I like this simplicity, ash makes beautiful bows. Good job !

Offline Pat B

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Re: Ash Propeller Bow
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2019, 03:14:35 am »
Nice work on a wonky stave. My only concern is the way you cut across the back at the tips. Could be a dangerous situation.
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Offline Hrothgar

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Re: Ash Propeller Bow
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2019, 03:15:56 am »
Good job on a challenging bow.
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Offline ohma2

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Re: Ash Propeller Bow
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2019, 05:51:52 am »
Looks like you worked a shooter out of that ash. :BB

Offline Pappy

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Re: Ash Propeller Bow
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2019, 03:29:05 pm »
Nice job, Ash makes a beautiful bow, also what Pat said about the tips. ;)
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Offline George Tsoukalas

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Re: Ash Propeller Bow
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2019, 04:45:39 am »
Very nicely done but same cautions about the tips. Jawge
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Offline Bojahu

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Re: Ash Propeller Bow
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2019, 03:25:30 pm »
Thanks guys. I appreciate the impute. I currently have 3 other bows with similar knocks that have all been shooting for over 10 years. I decided to try out that style after seeing it on some old indian bows online about 11 years back. So far I have never had one fail on me and only one of the 3 is wrapped under the knock.  I know that It seems like it would try to separate at the growth ring where the knock is cut in the back but from what I can observe the lack of any bending in the wood at the tips seems to allow for this style without any separation. I know that the possibility is there, but so far so good. Maybe I have just been lucky ;)

Offline M2A

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Re: Ash Propeller Bow
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2019, 03:56:15 am »
That's a challenging piece, well done. Nice string alignment. Looks like a propeller to me :)
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Offline Pat B

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Re: Ash Propeller Bow
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2019, 05:21:29 am »
Also, if you look closely at a lot of ancient Native bows you will notice they didn't chase a ring on the back but we all chase the back ring on the bows we make today. My only hope is that you don't get a rude awakening and a cracked skull.  ;)
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