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Offline SDBurntStick

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Of Kings and Queens
« on: September 24, 2023, 08:37:07 pm »
This year has been a tough one.  I lost my Dad and as if life wasn't hard enough trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together, along the way, few of them get lost.  I can imagine what the image should look like even through the holes, but sometimes it's hard not to focus on the holes.  With that, I want to share a couple bows.  One is sinew backed Osage with bull snake skins (King) and one is yew backed with rawhide and part of the leftover skins from the first bow as an accent (Queen).  Both tillered to 28" and came in at 58lbs.  Both bows came from billets and are spliced in the handle.  The osage bow is 62" ntn and the yew bow is 66" ntn.  The osage bow much like my dad, strong, tough, and full of energy, while yew much like my mom who has survived him, can take a dent and still fling an arrow with spirit.  I hope you enjoy.  Making bows is a place of solitude for me and I am glad I stumbled into it.  From turning work into function, to exercising creative expression, it's got it all.  I have learned from this forum and really appreciate the wealth of knowledge it has to offer.

I thought it interesting that I had some reishi mushrooms pop out from a maple stump in the yard too.  Seemed only fitting to take a few pictures by the mushroom of immortality.

20230922_174739 by Sean Davis, on Flickr

20230922_174708 by Sean Davis, on Flickr

20230924_090711 by Sean Davis, on Flickr

20230924_090122 by Sean Davis, on Flickr

20230924_090756 by Sean Davis, on Flickr

20230924_090415 by Sean Davis, on Flickr

20230924_090239 by Sean Davis, on Flickr

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Offline superdav95

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Re: Of Kings and Queens
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2023, 12:06:44 am »
Gorgeous bows Sean.   Very well executed on both.  Iíve been backing my yew with rawhide as well.  Itís such a soft sap wood.  Bend looks great on both too.  Nicely done. 

Sticks and stones and other poky stabby things.

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Offline GlisGlis

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Re: Of Kings and Queens
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2023, 04:12:56 am »
awesome bows. Love them both with a slight preference for queen  :OK

Offline Hamish

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Re: Of Kings and Queens
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2023, 04:23:42 am »
Quality work.

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Re: Of Kings and Queens
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2023, 07:31:04 am »
Very nice Royal Couple there Sean. They rule.

Iím sorry to hear about your difficulties this year.  I know that feeling and I agree completely with your thoughts about making bows and how therapeutic it is. Iím pretty sure itís kept me out of the luny bin a time or two. The members of this site have been a blessing for me too.

I lost my dad last year and it was very difficult. The only condolence was that it was the end of his suffering and the beginning of his new life.

Take care and donít let yourself get too far away from your draw knife.

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Offline Selfbowman

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Re: Of Kings and Queens
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2023, 10:07:30 am »
Nice bows for sure! Well done.
Well I'll say!!  Osage is king!!

Offline SDBurntStick

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Re: Of Kings and Queens
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2023, 10:11:02 am »
Thanks guys.  I have a slight preference for the queen as well.  Definitely a smooth shooter and I backed with rawhide after having my last yew bow do a high speed come apart in cold weather.  I'd like to be able to hunt with it late season or shoot over the winter without fear of it exploding on me lol.


Offline Will B

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Re: Of Kings and Queens
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2023, 05:59:31 pm »
Sorry for your loss. I lost my dad last year and it was toughÖ. You did an excellent job on both of those bows. Very nice bend.  Thanks for posting them.

Offline SDBurntStick

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Re: Of Kings and Queens
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2023, 06:15:31 pm »
Thanks, and yes it is tough but talking through it helps.  It's an appointment we will all make.

I need to post on here more but I mostly read everyone else's posts.  Hard to squeeze it all in raising a family, working, and making bows lol.

Offline PaSteve

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Re: Of Kings and Queens
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2023, 06:53:07 pm »
Really nice bows. Great work on both. Condolences for your father's passing.
"It seems so much more obvious with bows than with other matters, that we are the guardians of the prize we seek." Dean Torges

Offline WhistlingBadger

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Re: Of Kings and Queens
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2023, 10:22:31 pm »
Beautiful work.  Sorry for your losses.  I always admire when people turn grief into something beautiful.  Keep up the good work.
Thomas
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Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for."
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Offline Pat B

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Re: Of Kings and Queens
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2023, 10:05:08 am »
Two beautiful bows with 2 of the best bow woods and you did an excellent job with every bit of them.   :OK
Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes!    Pat Brennan  Brevard, NC

Offline wooddamon1

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Re: Of Kings and Queens
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2023, 06:20:02 pm »
Very nice work!

Offline Pappy

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Re: Of Kings and Queens
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2023, 09:45:29 pm »
Beautiful bows, and loved the story behind them.  :)
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Offline Kidder

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Re: Of Kings and Queens
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2023, 12:15:39 am »
Those are beautiful bows. I unfortunately share your pain - I lost my dad last year. It never really gets any easier, you just become more accustomed to it. Iím sure your dad would be proud of you and all your amazing accomplishments.