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Offline liyeliye123123

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Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
« on: April 30, 2020, 08:59:29 pm »
The story of this bow started years before I even started making selfbows. I cut this small diameter Osage tree at my neighborís backyard because he needed some help and I could keep the wood. The tree was full of small brunches and was not straight at all. Back then, I didnít know anything about bow making, so I had no idea what to do with the wood, yet I have this tiny piece of thought in my mind that maybe someday in the future I could use it for something. One or two years later as I shared before, I started making bows and got addicted with it. But even in my early bow making days when I look at this piece of wood, I felt it was impossible to turn this gnarly wood into a bow. With my bow making skills getting better I have better understandings of what can be turned into a bow. I didnít have a good design for this wood until I saw Weylinís yew hollow limb bow. It was really mind blowing and I was like woooooow!! It opened a new world for me. I never knew that bow making can be done this way. Then I spent hours and days looking at the wood and thinking about designs and how to layout the bow. But still, I didnít have enough courage to start the project because I know it would be a ton of scraping and not sure if it would work after all the hard work. So, I left it in my garage and worked on other staves.

Recently I have a lot of time staying at home, so I asked myself why not give it a try? If the hollow limb design doesnít work, itís ok too, itís just part of the bow making journey. How would I learn without some failures? The natural gull wing style, all the knot holes, the high crown and hollow limb design makes it a challenge to tiller. But the end result worked out well. The hard work is worth it! As I imagined, it was indeed a lot of work, but this valuable experience convinced me to make more of this design in the future because itís so satisfying looking at the finished product.

Personally, Iím not a big fun of a cut in shelf, but this guy in the picture only knows how to shoot a bow this way, haha. The glued on African black wood handle gives it a decent look which I really like.

62 inches NTN
#40@28
14strands D97
Enjoy the bow!

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Offline paulsemp

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Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2020, 09:04:16 pm »
wow

Offline osage outlaw

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Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2020, 09:10:04 pm »
Very cool bow Li!
I started out with nothin' and I still got most of it left

Offline Pat B

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Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2020, 09:26:29 pm »
That's as much sculpture as it is a beautiful bow. Very well done!!!   8)
Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes!    Pat Brennan  Brevard, NC

Offline Sagebrush

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Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2020, 10:32:42 pm »
I don't know why I like gull wings so much. They have always shot great for me even though the physics hint that they shouldn't.  Be proud of that one sir!!!  You have a keen eye.

Offline HH~

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Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2020, 06:09:56 am »
Holy Crap

Another one outta the park! You should start a Bow gallery for your photo's and bows!

14 strand D97. . . Howd you know my very recipe for whitetail huntin with SB?

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Offline smoke

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Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2020, 06:38:14 am »
Very cool and extraordinary workmanship!  Well done!

Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2020, 08:04:37 am »
Masterful!

Offline BowEd

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Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2020, 09:42:48 am »
More sweet outstanding work from you Li.Paitence is a virtue and you've got it.
BowEd
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Offline rps3

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Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2020, 10:09:40 am »
Paul beat me. WOW!


Offline DC

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Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2020, 10:16:37 am »
Wow x 3

Offline Yew Bow

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Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2020, 10:51:50 am »
Wow, amazing bow If I had that kind of knots on my stave, It would have broke no question.

Offline Aaron H

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Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2020, 10:57:51 am »
Excellent craftsmanship

Offline Hans H

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Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2020, 12:11:54 pm »
+1, very nice
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Offline hoosierf

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Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2020, 01:12:31 pm »
Beautiful work!  Well done.