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Main Discussion Area => Bow of the Month Contest => Topic started by: OldBow on January 12, 2009, 10:36:59 am

Title: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: OldBow on January 12, 2009, 10:36:59 am
Congratulations to Justin Snyder of St. George Utah
His Remarkable And Short Bamboo backed Ipe is 2008 Laminate Bow of the Year

http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,7923.15.html
Boo backed Ipe 50" TTT and 48 1/2 NTN 50# @ 26"  The static recurves are 6". Just over 1" wide from the grip out to 16" from center. The last 9" is a constant taper to the 1/4" tips. It has a 4" rigid handle with another 1 1/2" of fades.

  It is a little on the petite side isn't it.  As skinny as it is and with all those curves I should have called it Super Model Bow.   I made sure I got it to full draw and square to the camera so you could see it well.
I had a couple of pieces of Ipe about 27" long.  Ipe is a beast to bend and I wanted tight recurves on this one so I had to get creative.  I cut a kerf cut 5 3/4" long into each limb tip. I then steamed it and bent it around my form. I have tried the kerf cut before and wound up with a tiny air pocket at the bottom of the cut so this time I cut and bent a thin piece of yellow heart and put it in the cut at glue up. I had to glue some of the recurve in because Ipe doesn't want to bend and wouldn't hold the tight circle I wanted. The recurve pattern is a 6" circle  so it is plenty tight.   I spliced the pieces with some deflex in them. When I glued it up I wasn't sure if I had enough deflex so I glued in a little more.  I couldn't get the bamboo to match the super tight radius of the recurve so I cut it just short and put on a 6" long yellowheart overlay. It has taken about 1/2" of string follow.
the handle wrap is horse leather sewn with yellow string to match the yellow heart accents.  I actually had string groves comming around and meeting on the belly of the bow and a groove comming down the belly of the recurve. After tillering it most of the way I started taking off the extra weight at the tips and took them out with the intention of redoing them.  The string lines up great and no matter how many times I pulled it they stayed right down the center of the recurve so I shot it.  The string still stays centered so I left it that way. Better to be lucky than good. I tried to bend the boo but it always snapped right before I got what I wanted. I thinned it down to 1/16" thick then boiled it, steamed it and used dry heat but it always came out straight.  It seams that dry only makes it stiffer while wet meathods had little effect. I know you can bend the heck out of the smaller stuff when it is young and green, but I don't think it even bends real well when it is older.
Just the right size for crawling around in the pig thickets of Florida.
-"wow! now thats a short bow! at first it looked like hickory and i almost winced. tiller looks great!" -The Burnt Hill Archer
-"Wow!! Thats awesome...I draw 26"..... .....Brian
-"thats cool brother, even though i've only made three bows so far(that have made it past tillering). i think ipe is aweome wood.hard as heck to scrape but well worth it.now dont get me wrong, i like osage also. however ipe is unbelivable wood,like osage." sailordad
"Hey Justin, you surely got a nice bend going on that little guy " -NOMADIC PIRATE

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Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Dustybaer on January 12, 2009, 10:42:59 am
excellent.  the bend on this little thing is still the most impressive (and scary  ;D ) i've seen in a long time.  congratulations, justin.

and as we say in germany:  you da man   ;D
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: GregB on January 12, 2009, 10:50:24 am
Congratulations Justin! Quite an honor, and well deserved!
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Ranger B on January 12, 2009, 10:51:34 am
Awesome Justin.  Beautiful work and well deserved.
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: uwe on January 12, 2009, 10:57:57 am
A really worth title for this bow!
Regards Uwe
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: DanaM on January 12, 2009, 11:00:51 am
Congrats Justin, this bow was a winner from the get go :)
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: cowboy on January 12, 2009, 11:33:13 am
Congrat's Justin on the double whammy this year ;D. She's a beut!
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: james parker on January 12, 2009, 12:01:21 pm
great job justin.congrats. super nice job.  james
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Gordon on January 12, 2009, 01:09:15 pm
Congratulations Justin. A well deserved win. I really like how you kerfed the recurves into that bow - that takes a lot of skill and craftsmanship.
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Justin Snyder on January 12, 2009, 01:14:53 pm
Thanks everyone, the kind words and thoughts from such a great bunch of people means more to me than the title. Of course the fact that some of you felt inclined to vote for my bow amongst a pool of exceptional bows means a lot also.

There were a bunch of exceptional bows posted all year, and this is just one of many. My hat is off to everyone who has posted bows and participated on the message board this past year. Lets see if we can beat it this year with even more of these exceptional bows.

 I am really glad to see that we got a few more people voting.  It would sure be nice if we could get this kind of participation all the time.  Justin
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Ryano on January 12, 2009, 02:00:10 pm
Congrats Justin.  ;D Thats a heck of a bend you put in that little bow. Great job.  8)
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Bowbound on January 12, 2009, 02:58:31 pm
Nice bow. Pretty impressive bend for a bow.
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Marc St Louis on January 12, 2009, 05:14:11 pm
Congrats Justin.  A worthy bow for BOY
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: koan on January 12, 2009, 06:22:11 pm
Congrats Justin..I did mention that this bow is just the right draw length for me right??? ;D....Brian
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Justin Snyder on January 12, 2009, 08:51:31 pm
Thanks guys.

Brian, I think I heard that somewhere. Justin
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Damion on January 13, 2009, 03:38:56 am
Congratulations!
I like that short, awfully bending bows.
Looks pretty much like some of the horsebows hanging at the walls at my workshop.
It surprised me, that you did it with Ipe. Never thought, you can bend it like this....
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Pappy on January 13, 2009, 04:04:12 am
Great job Justin,well deserved winner of BOY.That draw would just about fit me. ;) ;D
   Pappy
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Justin Snyder on January 13, 2009, 07:03:07 am
Thanks guys,
Pappy, the draw might be a little long for you.  :-X  :-*
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: ber643 on January 13, 2009, 03:21:29 pm
Congratulations again, Justin on a hard (and well) earned win. Pics of the BOYs will appear on my TBD pages soon - probably this evening or tomorrow AM.

Pics posted:

http://residents.bowhunting.net/bsdunn/tbd19.htm
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: hawkbow on January 13, 2009, 07:51:31 pm
congrats Justin.. great looking bow.. have you blooded her yet...  Hawk
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: RG on January 13, 2009, 08:03:41 pm
Congrats Justin great job great looking bow

Ron
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: stiknstring on January 14, 2009, 11:22:54 am
The only thing smoother than the curves on that bow is Justins head!!!
Congratulations, shes a real looker.
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Jesse on January 14, 2009, 11:57:17 am
congratulations Justin. I knew it would win. Outstanding ;)
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Justin Snyder on January 14, 2009, 12:10:41 pm
Thanks again guys, I really appreciate all the kind words.

Stiknstring, I represent that remark. If I ever do get the tiller that smooth I will have accomplished something.  ;D
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Hillbilly on January 14, 2009, 04:50:10 pm
Congratulations, Justin-well deserved for a very impressive weapon. It's not often you see a piece of wood that short bend that far and that well. I know I  couldn't come remotely close to making one like that. Great job, and congrats again.
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: adb on January 14, 2009, 05:05:39 pm
Congrats Justin, a very cool bow!
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Justin Snyder on January 14, 2009, 05:38:46 pm
Ever the humble man aren't you Steve.
Thanks to both of you. Justin
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Keenan on January 14, 2009, 09:22:58 pm
 Right on Congratulations Justin. Very deserving honor
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: medicinewheel on January 15, 2009, 08:29:28 am
hey justin! - well deserved win with a very special bow!
frank
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: Justin Snyder on January 15, 2009, 09:58:27 am
Thanks guys. 
Title: Re: Justin Snyder's Bow is Voted Laminate Bow of the Year
Post by: AKAPK on January 21, 2009, 03:01:24 pm
Can't forget the Justin, You did great on that shorty. :)