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Offline leonwood

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Black Locust RD
« on: December 03, 2019, 09:05:24 am »
This was a pretty clean and straight stave which for that very reason stayed in my pile for a few years. A few months ago I decided to try a few bows from my better staves and since I only tried "normal' recurves with black locust I felt it was time for a reflex/deflex model.

After roughing the bow out I clamped it on a 2x4 with a block underneath the handle and started heating the handle area with a heatgun. Took me about 15 minutes to deflex it enough and left it overnight to cool down. Reflexed tips where boiled and set with dry heat the next day.Chased a ring on it and tillered it to brace.

Added some extra reflex in the outers during heat treating and tillered it to 45@28.This black locust keeps the heated reflex pretty good!
I don't really like the pale color of fresh black locust so I stained the bow with my "osage scrap stain" and finished it with cheap acrylic spray.

Specs:
Wood: Black LocustLength: 64" ntn
Draw weight: 45@28
String: 8 strand fastflight
Stain: Osage scraps soaked in ammonia

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Offline Deerhunter21

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Re: Black Locust RD
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2019, 09:13:56 am »
You make such good bows! I really like this one! everything about it is just so good!
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Offline rps3

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Re: Black Locust RD
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2019, 09:30:54 am »
Thats a beauty.

Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: Black Locust RD
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2019, 11:42:25 am »
Very nice bow!  I like your. Worl
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Offline burtonridr

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Re: Black Locust RD
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2019, 11:50:55 am »
Nice work, looks really good  :OK
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Offline sieddy

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Re: Black Locust RD
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2019, 11:56:00 am »
Looks amazing man. Well done! 😎
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Offline Will B

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Re: Black Locust RD
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2019, 01:02:37 pm »
Very nice work!  Love the bend on that. Beauty for sure!

Online bradsmith2010

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Re: Black Locust RD
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2019, 01:29:10 pm »
thats a nice one,, like everything about it,, )P(

Offline Pat B

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Re: Black Locust RD
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2019, 01:39:28 pm »
Very nice locust recurve.  ;)  Well done!
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Offline kbear

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Re: Black Locust RD
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2019, 02:17:12 pm »
Wow Leon, that's a beauty! I can't wait to get my hands on some BL.......

Offline PaSteve

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Re: Black Locust RD
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2019, 04:42:01 pm »
That bow is beautiful. I really like the bend and how you refine the tips. Another excellent bow.
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Offline bjrogg

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Re: Black Locust RD
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2019, 04:45:39 pm »
Always love what you do with just a piece of wood and a string Leonwood. Simply beautiful
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Offline Drawknife

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Re: Black Locust RD
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2019, 05:46:32 pm »
Wow.
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Offline IrishJay

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Re: Black Locust RD
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2019, 08:57:42 pm »
Another beauty Leon. Something for the rest of us to aspire to.  :BB
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Offline M2A

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Re: Black Locust RD
« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2019, 11:06:33 pm »
All around top notch bow. Impressed you deflexed that handle with a little dry heat.
Mike