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Main Discussion Area => Bow of the Month Contest => Topic started by: OldBow on January 05, 2009, 01:20:26 pm

Title: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: OldBow on January 05, 2009, 01:20:26 pm
Congratulations to Ryan Gill (twistedlimbs) of Spring Hill, Florida
His Superb Mulberry Self Bow Tied for December Self Bow of the Month

http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,10252.0.html
Here's how Ryan made this bow:
i started off with a mulberry stave that had some deflex and figured it was a good opportunity to make a wide sweeping recurve.  i
steamed the tips and put them in my "big recurve" form.  they took very well.  tillering was pretty tough on this one, it just wanted
to fight!  but i got it down to where i am happy. i think the tiller is a bit off but it shoots very well.  no stack at all and absolutely no
handshock. it is probably the best recurve i have made to date with the exception of coming in a little under weight at about 45#
@ 26 inches.  its 62 inches overall so i didnt want to pike it, so i tempered the belly which in turn gave it beautiful grain highlights. 
so to match the grain i went for the "marbled" look with the grip. its deer skin that i dyed with homemade walnut stain.  it shoots
really quick for being light and hit where you point it, i feel very confident that it would take a deer.  the tips are overlain with
black walnut heartwood and the string is b-50 with bobcat hair silencers.  it is just whisper quiet and doesnt carry that normal
recurve "sound".   i am proud of this one and hope you enjoy it.  thanks for looking- Ryan
Comments from folks who really liked this bow:
-"beautiful bow.  I have a mullberry stave and now you've got me wanting to work with it. " -Ranger B
-"WOW!  Nice Ryan.  Very Nice. I like the way you set the tip overlay ( up high ) and extended the recurve." -RidgeRunner
-"That really is an awesome bow. The tiller looks great and the unbraced profile is really gorgeous." -GeorgeTsoukalas
-"Really really sweet looking bow!  Looks smooth and sleek.    Very nicely done!" -Saw Filer

And Congratulations to Sean Billups (1/2primitive) o f Dallas, Texas
His Red Oak Bow Tied for This Month

http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,10377.0.html
Sean writes this narrative:
I had been looking at the West Coast bows in the Traditional Bowyer's Bible Vol 1, and wanted to try my hand at one. In my
browsing and planning, I saw a bow that was about 54" long; this being about the normal length of my bows, I decided to go
ahead and replicate that one. It was Oak, so I got a 1" by 3" Red Oak board and copied the front view as well as I could. This is what I ended up with. It has a 1-1/2" handle, swelling to 2-1/2" at the widest point. The tips are a little narrower than the original's, at about 3/4", and it
was 56" before the recurves, 54-1/2" afterwards (the original was 54-1/4" long). The tips are the same style as the one in the
book, as well as the recurves. The original had no handle wrapping, but I liked the look of a combination leather/cordage handle
(also shown in TBB 1), so I added that as well as a stain to darken the wood, and finished it with Tung oil.
It pulls 60lb@25" and shoots a 700 grain arrow very fast, hard, and accurately.
PA Forum Members Really Liked This Bow:
-"Really nice job on that bow.  The tiller looks spot on.  I like those nocks.  Sweet bow." -ricktrojanowski
-"Very well done, young man!!" -adb
-"Wow!!! Dont think we can call you 1/2 primitive anymore...your all primitive . There aint nothin bad about this bow...how did
you get that oak to take that bend?? OUTSTANDING!! Great work Sean!"
-koan
-"Very nicely executed Sean, you sure have a gift" -DanaM


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Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: Dustybaer on January 05, 2009, 02:08:55 pm
congratulations guys, well deserved wins.  like i said, it was never tougher for me to pick one (and the one i picked came out third  ;D)
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: Pat B on January 05, 2009, 02:38:27 pm
Definitely the cream of the crop...and I voted for one of them!  Congratulations guys.     Pat
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: Gordon on January 05, 2009, 02:57:34 pm
I'm not surprised by the tie vote - those are both excellent bows. Congratulations!
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: Hillbilly on January 05, 2009, 03:47:17 pm
Congratulations, guys-both are fine looking weapons.
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: DanaM on January 05, 2009, 04:21:09 pm
Congrats to both or ya, I was torn between both of these fine bows, glad to see I finally voted for a winner :)
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: Cromm on January 05, 2009, 06:51:46 pm
Both great bows. Well done all !!!!
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: koan on January 05, 2009, 06:52:45 pm
Well deserved by both!...it was really a hard choice this round..as always....Brian
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: Jesse on January 05, 2009, 08:32:08 pm
Great job guys Congratulations on the tie :o
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: John B. on January 05, 2009, 08:37:56 pm
Congrats, guys.  They're both gorgeous.
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: Marc St Louis on January 05, 2009, 08:38:56 pm
Congrats guys. Both excellent bows
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: mullet on January 05, 2009, 09:28:31 pm
 Well deserved win for both of you. I'm glad it was a tie.
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: ber643 on January 05, 2009, 09:56:06 pm
Pics of the dec. winners are posted on my TBD pages also - Congrats to both of you.

http://residents.bowhunting.net/bsdunn/tbd19.htm
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: twistedlimbs on January 05, 2009, 11:46:39 pm
thanks guys, that was a pleasant surprise, I didnt expect to be co-winner this month, Pappy's bow was super nice too and if we could have taken one vote from me and Sean's bows, we could have had us a 3 way tie.
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: Denham Archer on January 05, 2009, 11:51:23 pm
Great work gentlemen!  Congratulations to you both!
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: 1/2primitive on January 06, 2009, 12:00:08 am
Thanks everyone. As Ryan said, this was a pleasant surprise.

After seeing your bow, Ryan, I didn't think I had a chance. :)
     Sean
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: sailordad on January 06, 2009, 12:12:07 am
hmmmm, i think i said these two were going to be winners ???


congrats gentlemen, you both created some beautiful bows and deserve the win
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: Pappy on January 06, 2009, 05:30:19 am
Congrats guys,very well done.  :) Well deserved win.  :)
    Pappy
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: knightd on January 06, 2009, 06:57:37 am
Congrats both very fine bows!!
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: GregB on January 06, 2009, 08:05:54 am
Congratulations on this honor from your peers!
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: John K on January 06, 2009, 11:32:35 am
Great looking bows ! They both are winners !!

I'm with Dana, i finally voted for a bow that won  :D
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: Bowbound on January 06, 2009, 12:22:01 pm
Obviously i have to make a recurve to win BOM ;D ;D ;D

Deserving winners!
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: Ryano on January 07, 2009, 02:17:43 pm
Congrats Guys ! Both were beautiful weapons !  ;D
Title: Re: December's Tie Vote for Self Bows
Post by: Postman on January 07, 2009, 03:54:05 pm
great bows - very inspiring!