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Offline WhistlingBadger

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"Unhinged" 65" Hickory Pyramid, 57#@27"
« on: January 01, 2022, 03:01:11 pm »
Happy new year, everybody!  Just finished this one. Turned out rather pretty, if I may say so. Shoots really nicely, too.  Yesterday it was putting 750 grain hunting arrows in the red zone at 30 yards, with no tuning. This will be my hunting bow next fall. Unless I get another one done before then that I like even better.  8)

This is one of Allyn's staves.  65" long. Pulls 57 pounds at 27". Carved and finished all with hand tools. Stained with aniline pigment; sealed with lard/beeswax/pine pitch varnish.  As a few of you might remember, it developed a bit of a hinge out of the top fade (you can see the thin edge in the full draw pic), but I was able to fix it with a little creative heat-treating and a few judicious scrapes. 

Braced by Whistling Badger, on Flickr

Sorry for that goofy looking guy messing up this picture of a pretty bow.

Full by Whistling Badger, on Flickr

Bison hoof tip overlays. I got the hooves from the friendly local bison ranch. Absolutely nasty to work with, and I'm still getting the hang of the material, but they turned out rather nice. Got some nice sinew out of them, too, which will go to back a future bow.

tip overlay by Whistling Badger, on Flickr

Left a bit of the cambium on the back for looks.

back by Whistling Badger, on Flickr

Belly.  Handle is wrapped with braided deer skin.

belly by Whistling Badger, on Flickr

The stave had a weird little zig-zag in the grain. I put it at the tip of the bottom limb...

bottom tip by Whistling Badger, on Flickr

...so that the string sits off-center at the handle. This means the arrow doesn't have to paradox around the handle quite as much, which seems to be a good thing.

String offset by Whistling Badger, on Flickr

This was definitely a team-effort bow, from Allyn sending me a stave to lots and lots of great advice about design, tillering. finishing, and fixing my goof-up at the fade.  So, thanks everybody!  Comments and critiques welcome!
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« Last Edit: February 01, 2022, 01:30:56 pm by WhistlingBadger »
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Offline mmattockx

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Re: 65" Hickory Pyramid, 57#@27"
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2022, 03:12:10 pm »
That turned out nicely in the end, should do a great job on Bambi next year.


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Re: 65" Hickory Pyramid, 57#@27"
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2022, 04:13:40 pm »
Looks good to me although the pics are pretty big. 
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Re: 65" Hickory Pyramid, 57#@27"
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2022, 05:14:19 pm »
Look good from what I can see , as Pat said picís are big and filling the screen. Nice job. Pappy
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Re: 65" Hickory Pyramid, 57#@27"
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2022, 05:32:44 pm »
Well done. Should make for a fine hunting bow next season.
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Re: 65" Hickory Pyramid, 57#@27"
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2022, 05:37:24 pm »
What is the handle wrapped with?

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Re: 65" Hickory Pyramid, 57#@27"
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2022, 06:33:53 pm »
OK, reposted the pics from Flikr so hopefully they'll show in a more reasonable size.

What is the handle wrapped with?
Braided deerskin cord.
Thomas
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Re: 65" Hickory Pyramid, 57#@27"
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2022, 06:34:41 pm »
Nice 👍 picture much better now . Pappy
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Re: 65" Hickory Pyramid, 57#@27"
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2022, 06:37:05 pm »
Nice 👍 picture much better now . Pappy
OK, thanks!
Thomas
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Offline Will B

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Re: 65" Hickory Pyramid, 57#@27"
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2022, 07:48:23 pm »
Very nice hickory bow. I like the looks of the back on a well made hickory selfbow. Should make meat for you next fall. Well done

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Re: 65" Hickory Pyramid, 57#@27"
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2022, 07:56:05 pm »
Nice work.Always like a good hickory stick.57#@27.Good ring to it.
I'm at 48#@28 now most times.
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Re: 65" Hickory Pyramid, 57#@27"
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2022, 09:07:06 pm »
Looking good! 

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Re: 65" Hickory Pyramid, 57#@27"
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2022, 10:27:52 pm »
Looks great wb.  I like the handle wrap to.

Good Luck hunting next season. You should be nice and comfortable with her by then.

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Re: 65" Hickory Pyramid, 57#@27"
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2022, 04:06:48 am »
Well done.
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Re: 65" Hickory Pyramid, 57#@27"
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2022, 08:37:18 am »
That bow turned out nice, well done Thomas. I dig it : )
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