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Main Discussion Area => Bow of the Month Contest => Topic started by: OldBow on January 05, 2009, 10:38:19 am

Title: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: OldBow on January 05, 2009, 10:38:19 am
Congratulations to Marc St. Louis of Mattawa, Ontario (Canada)
His Excellent Ash-Backed Yew is December Laminate Bow of the Month

http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,10040.0.html
Marc is a familiar winner for Bow of the Month. Let's read how he made this bow:I figured I would try the lower density and more elastic wood Yew for the second try.  Now I know that White Ash makes an excellent backing for Yew but I was a bit worried about using a quarter sawn backing after the first failure.  So I chased a good ring on a White Ash stave and ripped a flat sawn backing strip, a bit of a pain but worthwhile.  I steamed the recurves in a pair of Yew billets then glued them together in deflex.  Then I used dry heat to reflex the limbs and glued more reflex in with the Ash. In all it started with about 5" of reflex and after tillering the bow out to 31" it kept almost 3" of that.  I have drawn the bow out to full draw many times and it has settled to about 2" of reflex now.  I also shot it a couple times using a 550 grain arrow and a 28" draw.  It is fast, in fact probably as fast as any bow I have ever made.  The bow turned out at 60" long with 1 1/2" wide limbs and it pulls 63# @ 28", I can't pull it back any further with the hand held scale I have.  That should project out to about 70# @ 31".  
We get a lot of inspiration from Marc's bows:
-"Mark, I love how that bow is bending most of the work is right in the sweet spot! Steve" -Badger
-"very nice bow as usual Marc, should be a real killing machine... " -Hawk
-"Amazing.... "- jackcrafty
-"Reflex deflex bows have never been my cup of tea, but this one makes my head turn. I especially like the braced and full draw pictures." -a finnish native

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Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: Dustybaer on January 05, 2009, 11:08:47 am
yep, that was my vote too.  congratulations marc.  i just love the lines of that FD picture.
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: Pat B on January 05, 2009, 11:49:57 am
Congrats Marc. Beautiful bow!    Pat
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: Gordon on January 05, 2009, 12:07:26 pm
Congratulations Marc, that really is a terrific bow.
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: Hillbilly on January 05, 2009, 12:57:17 pm
Congratulations, Marc-couldn't get much better than that one.
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: koan on January 05, 2009, 04:05:20 pm
Congrats Marc, Sweet bow!...Brian
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: Jesse on January 05, 2009, 05:47:06 pm
congratulations Marc. great bow :)
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: Marc St Louis on January 05, 2009, 05:48:51 pm
Thanks guys.  I liked that bow so much I'm gonna make one for myself now
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: ber643 on January 05, 2009, 07:09:24 pm
Got the pic on the TBD pages already this time, Marc. Congrats.

http://residents.bowhunting.net/bsdunn/tbd19.htm
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: hawkbow on January 05, 2009, 08:41:05 pm
GREAT JOB as usual Marc... your bows have some good medicine brother.... keep em coming.. HAWK a/ho
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: GregB on January 06, 2009, 05:19:30 am
Congratulations on a well deserved win!
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: Pappy on January 06, 2009, 06:13:11 am
Congrats Marc,very well done as usually. :)
   Pappy
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: Bowbound on January 06, 2009, 09:34:02 am
Yet another great bow from you marc. Very impressed ;D
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: Marc St Louis on January 06, 2009, 02:22:12 pm
Thanks again guys
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: robbsbass on January 06, 2009, 05:42:44 pm
Beautiful bow Mark, well deserved win. you should be proud of this one.

          Robb
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: Ryano on January 07, 2009, 11:33:19 am
You make about the nicest laminated recurves I've had the pleasure of seeing Marc. You've got that design down to a science!  :) I have got to shoot one of your bows some day.  ;D
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: robbsbass on January 08, 2009, 09:56:04 am
Ryan,if you ever make it up to Tilbury Ontario Canada, I'll take you up to Marks.
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: AKAPK on January 21, 2009, 03:02:09 pm
I'm really impressed with that one Mark.PK ;)
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: Marc St Louis on January 21, 2009, 05:30:30 pm
Thanks Guys.

Maybe we can do a trade sometime Ryan
Title: Re: Marc St. Louis Wins Laminate Bow of the Month
Post by: Ryano on January 23, 2009, 02:12:13 pm
I'd be up for that Marc.  ;D