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Offline bassman

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West Coast Style Bow
« on: July 11, 2019, 06:51:04 pm »
Sinew backed hickory that is 50 inches nock to nock, and 37 lbs, at 20 inches shooting it Ishi's way .Three under it will be 45lbs. at 24 inches. The pinch finger style those natives shot their bows takes some real practice, and shooting the arrow from right side feels really strange.See Billy  Berger on utube shooting Isha's way.

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Re: West Coast Style Bow
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2019, 06:52:22 pm »
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Offline burchett.donald

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Re: West Coast Style Bow
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2019, 08:11:42 pm »
 Wow!  Bassman, that is just awesome...I have a real soft spot for NA style bows...Love that bow man, let me know how that shooting style works out for you...Love the paint also!
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Genesis 27:3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;

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Re: West Coast Style Bow
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2019, 10:25:11 pm »
Bassman i am really liking these bows you have been putting out lately.  In horseback archery we shoot off the right side of the bow frequently.  Takes some getting used to for sure.

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Re: West Coast Style Bow
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2019, 06:18:30 am »
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Offline bradsmith2010

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Re: West Coast Style Bow
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2019, 06:56:14 am »
 Beautiful,..congrats

Offline bassman

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Re: West Coast Style Bow
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2019, 07:10:51 am »
Thanks Brad.

Offline Knoll

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Re: West Coast Style Bow
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2019, 07:35:45 am »
Lovely lil bow. Congrats!
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Re: West Coast Style Bow
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2019, 08:54:56 am »
Knoll,it is sinew.The bow is made from Hickory with sinew backing, and heat treated belly. The glue is Tb3 for the sinew so I could paint directly over it with Acrylic paint ,and then seal it with shellac.I used white Rabbit fur for the silencers.It has 2 inches of induced reflex. Could have gotten more using hide glue.  Natives such as the Hupa ,Wintu Karok,Yurok used Juniper mostly with hide Glue.It has been said  that they used 1 third sinew,and 2 thirds Juniper for the thickness of the bows.They strung their bows backwards ,and then sinewed them. Their bows had more like 4 to 5 inches of reflex, and had a lot of spring.They were real craftsmen when it came to making bows,and arrows, but their method of shooting takes a lot of practice, and I am not very good at it yet.

Offline mikebarg

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Re: West Coast Style Bow
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2019, 09:25:58 am »
Good Work! The finishing details really give it a nice look.

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Re: West Coast Style Bow
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2019, 11:19:48 am »
Thanks Mike.

Offline PaSteve

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Re: West Coast Style Bow
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2019, 06:58:06 pm »
Very nice Bob. I like the way you incorporated the shooting style to reflect the type of bow you crafted. That's a neat little bow.
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Re: West Coast Style Bow
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2019, 07:26:48 pm »
Thanks Steve. Always wanted to build one of these ,and try their shooting style. It is really an unorthodox way of shooting for me, but worked well for them.