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Main Discussion Area => Bow of the Month Contest => Topic started by: OldBow on January 12, 2009, 12:43:13 pm

Title: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: OldBow on January 12, 2009, 12:43:13 pm
Hazelnut D-Bow by Gordon Ferlitsch of Tigard, Oregon
is Self Bow of the Year for 2008 Congratulations!

http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,4792.0.htm
Gordon's bows are really inspirational. Not only are they very well made but he goes to great lengths to create tips, handles, and dyes to make them works of art.
Last fall I received a call from a gentleman in Washington State. Mike had seen my ambush style vine maple bow on the Web and asked if I would make him another like it. But instead of a rawhide back he wanted snakeskin and a lower draw weight.

I did not have any suitable vine maple that was dry but I had a hazelnut stave which Bryan Briand had generously provided to me that looked like it might do the trick. Mike expressed an interest in seeing the process of how his bow was made so I decided that I would document the steps in a build-a-long. Three months and over 200 pictures later, the bow is finally done. You canít really appreciate how much time goes into making one of these bows until you have to describe each and every step!

Gordon won BOM in January for both self and laminate bows. The comments below reflect his overall craftsmanship.
-"Gordon you've done a awesome job as always.I really like the finish and the grip" -tradrick
-"Ok Gordon! Congrats to that FULL House I like your work 'cause every of your bows inspires me!" -AndrewS
-"Congratulations on the clean sweep Gordon. And thank you for the fine examples of workmanship that you continue to produce. They certainly represent the level that many of us hope to attain" -stiknstring
-"congratulations gordon! - you are an impressive bowyer and both wins are absolutely well deserved! i was totally surprised to have a tie with you in the laminated category - obviously to the last minute! congratulations also to all the other bowyers, i really appreciate everybody's bows!" -frank
-"Congratulations Gordon. I knew you were going to pull it off again with those bows. The way your going we are going to come up with a legendary hall of fame for you and your acomplishments. I know your to humble of a man to ever admit it but you really are a master bowyer." - Keenan


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Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: Dustybaer on January 12, 2009, 01:31:15 pm
now THAT is a well deserved win.  congratulations to this landslide win and to this beauty of a bow.
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: Ranger B on January 12, 2009, 01:39:53 pm
Beautiful Bow.  Congrats on a well deserved win.
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: GregB on January 12, 2009, 01:41:06 pm
Congratulations Gordon on a deserving win! You continue to inspire people with your bows! :)
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: uwe on January 12, 2009, 01:44:07 pm
No big surprise! Congrads! The beauty of the bow is amazing.
Regards Uwe
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: DanaM on January 12, 2009, 01:50:59 pm
Well done and congrats Gordon, she's a beauty thats for sure :)
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: Bernhard Langbogen on January 12, 2009, 02:05:27 pm
Congratulations Gordon is a very nice bow.
Nice that a D-bow win this competion.

Regards
Bernhard
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: cowboy on January 12, 2009, 02:19:44 pm
Congrat's Gordon - beautiful bow!
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: Karly on January 12, 2009, 02:53:50 pm
A breath taken Bow and a worthier Winner.
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: Damion on January 12, 2009, 03:14:01 pm
A real beauty has won. Congratulations.
Besides a perfekt tiller, I like the contrasts between the snake, the wood and the dyed tips.
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: Gordon on January 12, 2009, 03:56:46 pm
Thank you all so much. It is a great honor to be selected from such a field of spectacular bows. I can hardly believe it.
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: Justin Snyder on January 12, 2009, 04:06:05 pm
Great job Gordon.  The build along from this bow will be helping guys build bows for years to come. It has definitely effected the amount of detail I put into mine. Justin
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: kra on January 12, 2009, 04:36:51 pm
Gartulation
A great bow - all, from the tiller to the beauty of the finish. A imposing artwork - truely worth BoY.
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: Ryano on January 12, 2009, 04:52:15 pm
Congrats Gordon. That was one pretty bow.  :)
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: acker on January 12, 2009, 05:03:02 pm
congrats ! a beautyfull bow and the best buildalong I have ever seen !
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: Bowbound on January 12, 2009, 05:46:51 pm
Beautiful bow with an even better story. Shows the amount of experience gordon's got.

Did well enough to get my vote. Well done.
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: the q force on January 12, 2009, 06:41:24 pm
a much deserved win for and incredible bow; and also a great build along to boot!
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: Marc St Louis on January 12, 2009, 08:01:46 pm
Congrats Gordon
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: grey owl on January 12, 2009, 08:43:25 pm
It pays off, if you putt your heart into it. Well done MIKE
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: Bonsai on January 13, 2009, 04:30:21 am
Congrats Gordon,

your Bow and the Build-a-long is absolutely PERFEKT!!!!!

Stephan
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: leapingbare on January 13, 2009, 05:30:06 am
A deadly piece of Art.  Well deserved win.
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: Pappy on January 13, 2009, 06:55:42 am
Great job Gordon,beautiful bow and well deserved win.Very well done. :)
   Pappy
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: AndrewS on January 13, 2009, 07:44:29 am
Congrats Gordon! Your work is a true masterpiece ;)
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: ravenbeak on January 13, 2009, 01:08:33 pm
congrats,

it was the build along that did it for me,

I learned as much from that as i have from all my bows so far,

I still find myself referencing back to it.


Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: Gordon on January 13, 2009, 01:33:20 pm
I can't tell you all how much I appreciate this honor and your nice words. Thank you again!
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: JackCrafty on January 13, 2009, 01:37:12 pm
No brainer.....just beautiful!!  Well deserved win. :)
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: portlandfire on January 13, 2009, 02:49:23 pm
    The pictures really don't do the bow justice.  It is a piece of art and reflects Gordon's  skill.  Those of us who know him and see his work on a day to day basis probably take his work for granted, so it is so nice to be reminded just how good his work is.  The build-a-long has gotten me to the point where I feel comfortable enough to actually finish some of the 7-10 staves that are sitting around unfinished.  Congratulations on a well deserved award!
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: ber643 on January 13, 2009, 05:57:46 pm
I really wanted to see this one make top, Gordon, and so pleased it did. Congratulations again.

Pics of the BOYs will appear on my TBD pages soon - probably this evening or tomorrow AM.
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: BryanB on January 13, 2009, 06:14:49 pm
Fantastic bow!!! Congratulations.
Bryan
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: sailordad on January 13, 2009, 08:15:45 pm
congrats gordon on your BOY win

beautiful bow,looking forward to more of your work
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: ber643 on January 13, 2009, 09:01:59 pm
Pics posted:

http://residents.bowhunting.net/bsdunn/tbd19.htm
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: hawkbow on January 13, 2009, 10:41:53 pm
congrats brother on one of the finest bows i have seen ... well deserved.. Hawk
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: RG on January 13, 2009, 10:51:23 pm
Congrats Gordon great job

Ron
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: Jesse on January 14, 2009, 02:48:07 pm
Congratulations Gordon a well deserved win :)
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: adb on January 14, 2009, 07:56:02 pm
You were a shoe-in, Gordon. Your bows are always truly impressive... way to go.
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: Keenan on January 15, 2009, 12:14:05 am
  Gordon your talents as a bowyer are seen in every bow that you make. Another very deserving win. Congratultions again.
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: n2everythg on January 15, 2009, 09:44:31 am
I am sure that it has been said many times but let me add my congrads on a well deserved win.
This was one beautiful bow.
N2
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: medicinewheel on January 15, 2009, 11:16:35 am

hey gordon! - congratulations!!!
frank
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: AKAPK on January 21, 2009, 05:49:27 pm
Geeze I'm Late But you did an superb piece of Art there Gordon now I want some of your work, I need to talk to you.
Title: Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
Post by: mox1968 on May 23, 2009, 04:26:52 pm
great bow and the buildalong too,well done..