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Main Discussion Area => Bows => Topic started by: Bayou Ben on November 26, 2018, 12:42:48 pm

Title: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Bayou Ben on November 26, 2018, 12:42:48 pm
I finally got a good day to get some pictures of the bow I asked for tiller help on.  I took about 100 pictures and I still don't think they are that good.  I really admire you guys who take good photos. 

Here's the specs:
62" NTN, 52#'s @ 28", Bamboo/Maple/Osage Lamination 
Forward Handle- Live Oak (from a branch of the tree the bow is resting on in the pics)
Belly Handle- thin strips of Live Oak, purple heart, cocobolo
8 coats of Tru Oil Rubbed with Pumice mixture Gordon style
Greenish color wood dye on the bamboo

It's real smooth and fun to shoot.  I'll take her hunting with me until I finish something more primitive.  I need to get some arrows tuned and make a new string for it.  Initial test through the chrono were 175 fps @ 10 gpp.  I think I can get a little more out of her. 

 


 

Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Bayou Ben on November 26, 2018, 12:43:36 pm
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Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Bayou Ben on November 26, 2018, 12:44:20 pm
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Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Bayou Ben on November 26, 2018, 12:45:02 pm
And that's it
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: DC on November 26, 2018, 01:22:52 pm
It's a beaut! Like the straight limb at brace. You'll have to learn to walk like an Egyptian. ;)
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: BowEd on November 26, 2018, 01:38:29 pm
Dead nuts tiller Ben.You hit a home run with this one.I'm sure it's smooth shooter!!!I like it.Your finish work is very nice too.Very nice glue lines.What about pics of the tips?Glad you guys are finding solutions to your longish draw.Gotta agree with you sometimes the pictures won't do the bow justice.Are you drawing it to 28" or 26"?
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Danzn Bar on November 26, 2018, 01:46:04 pm
Wow....very nice.
DBar
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Bayou Ben on November 26, 2018, 02:00:27 pm
Thanks, I really appreciate it guys. 

Ed, I may be short drawing some, the wife was hurrying me  ;D .  The tape on the arrow is 28" from the nock.  It's a 32" arrow I believe.
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: bjrogg on November 26, 2018, 02:42:39 pm
Very nice Ben. That's a shooter for sure. Taking pictures of bows does seem hard to do justice to them. I think arrows are even harder. You and your wife did fine.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Stick Bender on November 26, 2018, 04:17:35 pm
Very impressive & unique bow Ben , I like how you took the forward handle concept & worked it out for a nice compact hunting bow for your longer draw ,congrats !
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Aaron H on November 26, 2018, 04:42:04 pm
Very nice work Ben
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: upstatenybowyer on November 26, 2018, 04:42:53 pm
Aw man Ben, you nailed that one. That bow looks fassssssssst!  (SH)
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: M2A on November 26, 2018, 08:26:02 pm
Dandy bow there! Great finish on top of the wood choices.
Mike   
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: burchett.donald on November 27, 2018, 03:16:11 am
 Ben, nice balance, looks like you have every inch working in your favor...Excellent craftsmanship...After this you must go "Dark" and try your hand on a )...
                                                                            Don
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Badger on November 27, 2018, 04:11:55 am
   You nailed it Ben good job!
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Bayou Ben on November 27, 2018, 04:59:08 am
Thanks for the kind words and the help I have received on this forum.  It really means a lot coming from this group.  All of you make excellent bows. 
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: simk on November 27, 2018, 05:55:36 am
Ben, those profiles...will have sweet dreams about the upcoming days - that's a masterpiece for sure. thanx for showing!
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: ohma2 on November 27, 2018, 06:12:51 am
Thats top shelf all the way around.
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: PEARL DRUMS/PEARLY/PD/DRUMS on November 27, 2018, 06:17:07 am
Great job, Ben. You hit that tiller right on the head.
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: PaSteve on November 27, 2018, 03:17:25 pm
Wow! Beautiful job.
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Morgan on November 27, 2018, 04:57:41 pm
Ben, you did a ridiculously good job on that bow.
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Stick Bender on November 28, 2018, 02:20:52 am
Ben ,man that tiller is awsome I come back and look at your pics it's mesmerizing  , it looks like it's not that stressed at your full draw , I'm just curious if any how it feels stack wise , I think 62 in is a good length for a blind bow, I only have 60 or 64'' bows , I think shoot ability out trumps speed in a hunting bow , I will bet that bow stays consistent I would bet if you clock it 1000 arrows from now it will clock the same !
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Bayou Ben on November 28, 2018, 05:06:04 am
Thanks for the compliments guys. 

Thanks Ritchie.  I came to the realization on this bow that I don't actually draw the 29.5-30" that I'm measured for.  Real life shooting is more like 28".  I guess I lean in a little and I don't anchor quite that far back.  But this build did prove what I was testing.  I wanted a shorter bow with good string angle and low stack and low stress out in the draw (I guess those all go hand in hand).  This bow did achieve that.  String angle is great, it didn't take much set going from 24" to 28", and it's a smooth draw all the way till anchor.  It feels like a lighter bow.   
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Stick Bender on November 28, 2018, 07:05:35 am
Thats one thing that I have always liked about this design concept is the short bow no stack even my dark side 60 in. has no stack to 31 in a even 3 lb ruffly per inch but to be honest as soon you got that on the tree I was bitting my nails nervious...lol because I know the presure in the inners but your bow with the exspert tiller bends a little bit more in the uppers & with the reflex you chose and taper rate it worked out ,now you need a 60 in....lol or like he said you could come over to the dark side  >:D
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: backtowood B2W on November 28, 2018, 09:06:35 am
Wow, beside design, tiller, I also admire your finish work! Normally I don't like greenish bows, but in combination with the boo it turned out really great! Also your arrowshelf is carved out very nice!
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Bayou Ben on November 28, 2018, 09:47:30 am
Wow, beside design, tiller, I also admire your finish work! Normally I don't like greenish bows, but in combination with the boo it turned out really great! Also your arrowshelf is carved out very nice!

Thanks.  I'm glad you like the carved shelf.  I have noticed a general dislike of the cut in style shelves, and I wanted to try something a little different.  I like how it came out too.  You can get your hand right under the arrow this way. 
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Marc St Louis on November 28, 2018, 10:30:43 am
Very nice bow.  Well done
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Peacebow_Coos on November 28, 2018, 06:51:23 pm
Beautiful bow, and a great tiller.  I love the lines
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: ThreeSons on November 29, 2018, 04:26:36 am
Wow that is an unbelievably pretty bow. Not usually drawn towards lamination but we'll done. Beautiful r/d.
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: silent sniper on November 29, 2018, 07:24:53 am
Excellent in every way! Congrats, SS
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: JW_Halverson on November 29, 2018, 08:34:31 am
Generally, my personal kink is the simplest of primitive bows, bend-thru-handle, no shelf, no recurve, no decurve, no stiff handle, just a stick stickbow.

That being said, ya nailed this one!  I like how the natural materials are readily apparent, not made to look like an overly machined modern "Trad" bow. The blend of woods in the grip area is gorgeous.  Aesthetics aside, great job on the tiller for this design. This bow has got to perform nicely and I hope it brings you years of joy!
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: leonwood on November 30, 2018, 02:30:26 am
That is a pretty bow! Donít see that many forward handle bows made of wood! Unbraced and tiller are spot on so I bet is is a real shooter!
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Bayou Ben on November 30, 2018, 05:24:22 am
Thanks guys.  Your compliments are much appreciated. 

JW, I hear you on the primitive sticks.  My bow building journey has kinda led me down this path of lamination's, but I have always felt the more primitive styles calling me. 
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Halfbow on November 30, 2018, 10:46:36 pm
This turned out great! Excellent work.
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: AndrewS on November 30, 2018, 11:31:52 pm
Great work, congrats.
Title: Re: Forward Handle R/D 62"
Post by: Philipp A on December 05, 2018, 06:04:52 pm
My head is spinning on this bow! This took a lot of skill to finish! Love everything about it, I have to try this one day myself. Really unique bow, congrats!