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Title: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: pnwarcher on March 13, 2018, 10:28:12 pm
This is my third attempt at a bamboo-backed ipe bow and I like how this one turned out.
43# @ 29", 66" NTN, 12" stiff handle. Limbs are 1 3/8" wide from the fades till a few inches past mid-limb. Mild "Eiffel Tower" taper to 3/8" wide tips. It has about 2" of deflex and holds 1" reflex just after unstringing. The handle section is cocobolo and ipe with maple accents. Tip overlays are cocobolo. I couldn't bring myself to add a leather grip because the wood is just so dang purdy. No hand shock and weight only increases 3.8 lb in the last two inches of draw, she's really a sweet shooter.

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Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: Will B on March 14, 2018, 03:30:50 am
Nice Bow!  I agree that handle is too nice to hide under leather.  Great bend.  Excellent job!
Will B
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: Pappy on March 14, 2018, 03:32:27 am
Nice work , beautiful bow. :)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: bjrogg on March 14, 2018, 03:41:09 am
Looks like third time is a charm. Very nice bow and absolutely beautiful. I like the naked handle to.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: Bob W. on March 14, 2018, 03:47:10 am
Nice Job and yes that Cocobolo handle needs to be seen!
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: PEARL DRUMS/PEARLY/PD/DRUMS on March 14, 2018, 03:57:16 am
I love it. Very nice detail and finish work. I bet she shoots like a dream.
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: ksnow on March 14, 2018, 03:59:26 am
Beautiful finish work.  Very clean lines. I'd agree with BJ, third time is a charm.

Kyle
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: Badger on March 14, 2018, 04:38:02 am
  Excellent job, good example here of rounding out the reflex and not making it to abrupt.
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: JWMALONE on March 14, 2018, 04:53:09 am
Beautiful bow. looks like a shooter to.
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: BowEd on March 14, 2018, 06:17:25 am
Excellent attention to detail on a very nice bow.Congrats on the success.
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: Redhand on March 14, 2018, 06:22:19 am
Sweet bow.  Beautiful finish.
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: stixnstones on March 14, 2018, 06:24:37 am
Now that is a beautiful bow.
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: Aaron H on March 14, 2018, 07:07:32 am
Wow, that's a pretty one. 
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: silent sniper on March 14, 2018, 08:23:24 am
Great job on a  beautiful bow! SS
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: vinemaplebows on March 14, 2018, 09:54:24 am
Very nice!
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: Mo_coon-catcher on March 14, 2018, 01:43:42 pm
Beautiful bow! Great finish work and wood choices on the handle. The profile and tiller look great too.

Kyle
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: upstatenybowyer on March 14, 2018, 04:38:51 pm
Killer. Way to go with that one!
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Post by: selfbow joe on March 14, 2018, 05:01:18 pm
Beautiful bow
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: Stoner on March 14, 2018, 07:09:25 pm
Great Craftsmanship. John
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: rps3 on March 14, 2018, 07:20:18 pm
Count me in as an admirer of that bow, I really like the colors.
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: Bayou Ben on March 15, 2018, 09:12:57 am
Excellent Bow!  Love the tiller and the colors. 
This is my 1st post here, but I've been stalking this site for a year now, and building bows for 2 years. 
If you don't mind me asking, how did you get the ipe to bend in the handle area? 
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: pnwarcher on March 15, 2018, 10:19:41 am
Excellent Bow!  Love the tiller and the colors. 
This is my 1st post here, but I've been stalking this site for a year now, and building bows for 2 years. 
If you don't mind me asking, how did you get the ipe to bend in the handle area?
Welcome to PA, Ben!
Believe it or not, the two pieces of ipe in the handle area (along with the maple and bamboo) were flat pieces I clamped into a curve during glue up. No steam or heat required. I cut a matching curve into the cocobolo since it was too thick to bend.
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: Bayou Ben on March 15, 2018, 10:50:40 am
Thanks pwnarcher.
I can't get thick ipe to bend for me at all (like close to 1/2").  So it's just a curved form that you clamped it to during glue up.  I would love to see a pic of your form if it's not too much trouble. 
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: Msturm on March 15, 2018, 11:32:38 am
That is a stunning bow. Really well done.
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: pnwarcher on March 15, 2018, 11:49:24 am
Thanks pwnarcher.
I can't get thick ipe to bend for me at all (like close to 1/2").  So it's just a curved form that you clamped it to during glue up.  I would love to see a pic of your form if it's not too much trouble.
Here is the form I used. It's very crude, just a 2x12 pine board cut on a bandsaw with a bunch of ~2" holes drilled in it for clamping. (The thing it's sitting on is not part of the form. That's a raised bed for the garden this spring.) I used 4 C-clamps on the handle section. Clamp the center and then slowly crank down the outer 2. The thickest single piece of ipe is 3/8" thick, which is about as thick as I think is possible to bend to that radius. There is an extra 1/8" ipe piece in the thick section, with a virtually invisible ipe-to-ipe glue line.

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Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: Bayou Ben on March 15, 2018, 12:26:26 pm
Awesome! You have answered all of my questions.  Your form is more advanced than what I use, and I like it. 
Great job on the bow, and thanks for the ideas....I just had to know how you got the ipe to move that much.
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: sieddy on March 16, 2018, 12:03:10 am
That looks absolutely first class mate. Nice one!  :)
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Post by: leonwood on March 16, 2018, 05:13:35 am
Really pretty! And looks soooo smooth to shoot
Title: Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
Post by: M2A on March 16, 2018, 05:26:25 am
Wow. I agree, if you have wood like that on your handle you have to show it off. Great looking bow! I bet it shoots great too. Mike