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Main Discussion Area => Bows => Topic started by: missilemaster on September 23, 2012, 09:41:04 pm

Title: Selfbow Challenge Buckthorn character bow (pic heavy)
Post by: missilemaster on September 23, 2012, 09:41:04 pm
Hi guys,

          I know I'm a little slow, but I finally got it done! A lot of you guys saw me building this and I figured I would post the finished product. Its buckthorn (I love it!!), about 55# @ 27".  59" NTN. 1 1/8"  at the handle, 1 1/2" at mid limb, tapering to 1/2" nocks. She stands dead flat after shooting a bunch, and holds 1" reflex at rest. I was surprised how much wood I had to remove in order to get it down to poundage! It only weighs 15oz.!! Tips are bloodwood. This is my first attemt at a Strunk style handle wrap, it turned out OK. This bow shoots a fast arrow(I'm surprised  at how tight the string is at brace!) and is quiet. In the braced photo, there appears to be a hinge just below the handle. I was worried when I first got a string on her!! Its simply a natural deflexthat is actually a little thicker there. 8 coats of oil and a coat of wax. enjoy,

                                     -Cody 
Title: Re: Selfbow Challenge Buckthorn character bow (pic heavy)
Post by: missilemaster on September 23, 2012, 09:42:59 pm
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Post by: missilemaster on September 23, 2012, 09:44:26 pm
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Post by: Badly Bent on September 23, 2012, 09:53:10 pm
Man Cody that bow is sweet! Great character in that one, real nice bend and top notch workmanship on tips and handle, way to tame that rugged wood. I love it. Still have some buckthorn in my shop, it scares me, not quite up to the challenge yet.
Great job on yours.
Greg
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Post by: sharpend60 on September 23, 2012, 09:57:51 pm
That is a great bow.
Very nice work.
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Post by: Gordon on September 23, 2012, 09:59:54 pm
You did an excellent job working with the character of the wood. And your handle wrap turned out great. Well done!
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Post by: missilemaster on September 23, 2012, 10:00:38 pm
Thanks Greg, I love working this wood.

Thanks Scott.
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Post by: missilemaster on September 23, 2012, 10:02:37 pm
You did an excellent job working with the character of the wood. And your handle wrap turned out great. Well done!

Thanks Gordon, I appreciate you emailing me that tutorial. Couldn't have done it without you.
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Post by: anasazi on September 23, 2012, 10:12:47 pm
Exelent job on that bow
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Post by: blackhawk on September 23, 2012, 10:24:09 pm
Sweet..it finished up nice. About time ya get her done  ;)...remember me given ya grief about if you were done yet..lol  :laugh:
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Post by: SLIMBOB on September 23, 2012, 11:06:52 pm
Nicely done!  Looks to have been a challenge alright.  Great lookin' bow.
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Post by: Adam on September 23, 2012, 11:09:19 pm
Really nice job!  Great tiller and finish work.  That grip looks top-notch too!
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Post by: soy on September 23, 2012, 11:30:36 pm
  ;) 8)
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Post by: lostarrow on September 23, 2012, 11:35:28 pm
Yet another fine piece. You are going to run out of challenges pretty quick if you keep up this pace!
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Post by: mullet on September 23, 2012, 11:39:11 pm
Man oh man, Cody!  You just keep raising the bar. An excellent looking bow from a challenging piece of wood.
Title: Re: Selfbow Challenge Buckthorn character bow (pic heavy)
Post by: Pat B on September 24, 2012, 12:20:49 am
Very cool bow, Cody. Well done!  8)
Title: Re: Selfbow Challenge Buckthorn character bow (pic heavy)
Post by: Carson (CMB) on September 24, 2012, 12:37:06 am
Picking my jaw up off the floor over here.  That is a beauty all around.  I just want to stare at the pics of that bows back!
Title: Re: Selfbow Challenge Buckthorn character bow (pic heavy)
Post by: missilemaster on September 24, 2012, 12:37:51 am
Thanks all you guys for the nice comments.
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Post by: Weylin on September 24, 2012, 01:16:39 am
Sweet bow, man! Nice job on the Strunk wrap too, looks better than my first attempt. One thing that Mr. Strunk did on the wrap that he showed me was tamp down the lace so that it sinks into the leather a little bit. I use the flat side of our wooden meat tenderizer to whack it down and it makes for a smoother, more comfortable grip, especially on the back where all the lacing happens.
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Post by: Prarie Bowyer on September 24, 2012, 02:07:08 am
NICE!
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Post by: mikekeswick on September 24, 2012, 03:34:46 am
Nice bow young un!
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Post by: Jodocus on September 24, 2012, 05:58:32 am
Very well done, I lilke this one!  8)
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Post by: lesken2011 on September 24, 2012, 09:59:08 am
Good job, Cody! Great finish work, as usual!! :)
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Post by: raghorns on September 24, 2012, 10:21:25 am
Wow Cody, you make wood look good!

Lyle
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Post by: Buckeye Guy on September 24, 2012, 10:50:03 am
Looks good Cody !!
Glad to see it finished up ,but wondering where that big smile we are used to seeing went to!
Please bring some Buckthorn to Marshall next spring so I can try it out !! I wood be glad to trade some yellow wood for it !
Have fun !
Guy
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Post by: Parnell on September 24, 2012, 10:58:49 am
That's what it's all about.  Great bow, Cody!
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Post by: coaster500 on September 24, 2012, 11:03:20 am
Cody that is Excellent!!!!

You really mastered that piece of Chittamwood Wood. It's very interesting wood but tough and resilient....  I love it !!!!
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Post by: ErictheViking on September 24, 2012, 12:38:27 pm
beautiful job. seemless transition from bow back to tips.
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Post by: PEARL DRUMS/PEARLY/PD/DRUMS on September 24, 2012, 01:18:01 pm
Great finish work as usual Cody.
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Post by: GlennM on September 24, 2012, 01:29:21 pm
Nice finish job. It is truly the mark of a real craftsman!
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Post by: Keenan on September 24, 2012, 05:07:48 pm
Cody you have propelled yourself to the list of top bowyers in the world. Your quality and attention to detail, is seen in all the bows you have been making and this one is certainly one of the best. Congratulations my friend on another amazing work of art and lethal weapon.
Title: Re: Selfbow Challenge Buckthorn character bow (pic heavy)
Post by: missilemaster on September 24, 2012, 05:07:54 pm
Looks good Cody !!
Glad to see it finished up ,but wondering where that big smile we are used to seeing went to!
Please bring some Buckthorn to Marshall next spring so I can try it out !! I wood be glad to trade some yellow wood for it !
Have fun !
Guy

 Thanks Guy. Yea, looking at the pictures I do look kind of glum. Forgive me, I am very happy!!! On the next bow I post, I'll throw in a great big smile just for you!!LOL Yea, I am going to bring some to marshall  next year hopefully. Take care
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Post by: missilemaster on September 24, 2012, 05:09:58 pm
Thank you Keenan, That means a lot to me coming from a bowyer of your caliber.
Title: Re: Selfbow Challenge Buckthorn character bow (pic heavy)
Post by: Steve Milbocker on September 24, 2012, 05:39:57 pm
Beautiful! Love those character bows.
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Post by: Badger on September 24, 2012, 05:42:23 pm
  Good job Cody, is that the same one you were working on at Twin Oaks?
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Post by: seabass on September 24, 2012, 05:43:45 pm
man Cody,i have been waiting to see this one done.what a bow.bring some of that stuff to the classic.i would love to try a stick of that stuff.great job bro.
Title: Re: Selfbow Challenge Buckthorn character bow (pic heavy)
Post by: missilemaster on September 24, 2012, 05:47:20 pm
  Good job Cody, is that the same one you were working on at Twin Oaks?
Yes Steve, This is the same one.
Title: Re: Selfbow Challenge Buckthorn character bow (pic heavy)
Post by: ionicmuffin on September 24, 2012, 05:47:45 pm
gorgeous bow man! i really like the whole thing! Must be daunting at the beginning with so much character. Very nice job!
Title: Re: Selfbow Challenge Buckthorn character bow (pic heavy)
Post by: Canoe on October 17, 2012, 11:09:16 am
Howdy,

Buckthorn!  It's a "'junk wood" in that it's an aggressive, invasive specie that is taking over large areas of public and wooded lands.


'European Buckthorn; Problem for Ecosystems,...'
"...tests showed European buckthorn to have approximately the same values as hard maple in bending strength, stiffness, and hardness. Specific gravity was also similar to that of hard maple, although additional samples should be tested to confirm this."

http://www.barrygordon.com/Buckthorn_Article.pdf



I like to see that the stave had problems and how you delt with those challenges.  And, those curves, well done.  It'll make meat for sure.

It's a beautiful bow!  I can't wait to get out there and get me some Buckthorn.

All the Best,
Canoe


 
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Post by: adb on October 17, 2012, 11:30:33 am
Man... how did I miss this??? Very nicely done young feller!!
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Post by: Bowman on October 17, 2012, 01:25:54 pm
Very nice bow and fantastic tips. :-)
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Post by: Trapper Rob on October 17, 2012, 01:52:29 pm
Sweet bow love the character in it.
Rob
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Post by: Will H on October 17, 2012, 02:12:54 pm
Absolutely flawless!! You are an inspiration man! Top notch as always :)
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Post by: Poggins on October 17, 2012, 03:00:12 pm
I have a chittamwood stave I need to work on . I cut a tree on my place that was nice and straight , split it in three staves , I gave one to Ksbow in Kansas and one to the president of the Oklahoma Self Bow Society. Hope to see a bow out of one of them next year.
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Post by: don't cry wolf on October 17, 2012, 04:27:19 pm

Excellent bow Cody!
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Post by: dwardo on October 17, 2012, 06:28:50 pm
Stunner she really is.  8)
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Post by: BowEd on October 17, 2012, 07:27:31 pm
Diddo on the stunner.That is a very nice bow.Inspirational.
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Post by: Cameroo on October 17, 2012, 11:14:40 pm
I predict that we are going to see this bow on the pages of a magazine!
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Post by: gmc on October 17, 2012, 11:35:59 pm
Excellent!
Title: Re: Selfbow Challenge Buckthorn character bow (pic heavy)
Post by: MWirwicki on October 18, 2012, 09:41:20 am
Once again Cody, you crafted another beaut!  Sure like the looks of that buckthorn.  It has such a "primitive" appeal.  Sure would like to try some of that.
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Post by: danny f on October 18, 2012, 02:55:36 pm
thats a real beauty well done.
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Post by: Matt B on October 18, 2012, 06:03:26 pm
I think I know whos going to win bow of the month!
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Post by: Knapper on October 18, 2012, 11:42:15 pm
I remember viewing this bow before. This is definately a BOM winner. Knapper
Title: Re: Selfbow Challenge Buckthorn character bow (pic heavy)
Post by: missilemaster on October 19, 2012, 01:48:52 pm
Thanks all, I think that aside from osage, buckthorn is my favorite wood so far. I plan on bringing a bunch of staves down to the Classic in May if I can cut enough this winter.