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Title: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: Stickhead on May 08, 2019, 08:27:20 am
Here's Erika's winning osage recurve:

http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,65491.0.html


Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: bjrogg on May 08, 2019, 09:43:41 am
Congratulations Airkah. That really was one of the nicest introductions to Primitive Archery site I can remember. Knew you'd get a bunch of votes. Very nicely done.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: Pat B on May 08, 2019, 10:00:48 am
 :OK   8)  Well done Erika.
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: airkah on May 08, 2019, 11:37:11 am
Thank you all so much, it is such an honor to win. I thought I'd get a few votes, but I really didn't expect to win. We really had 5 great bows this month, and any of then would have been a worthy winner.

Bj thank you, I really loved all three of your trilogy bows and the story behind them.
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: PaSteve on May 08, 2019, 12:24:08 pm
Congrats Airkah. You did an excellent job on your bow.
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: sleek on May 08, 2019, 01:50:36 pm
Made me smile to see this :) I hope you become an inspiration to other newbies. Your bow is certainly a favorite of mine.
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: SLIMBOB on May 08, 2019, 02:44:13 pm
Congrats on the win.  Well deserved I think.
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: upstatenybowyer on May 08, 2019, 05:59:12 pm
Way to go Erika!  (-S
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: Selfbowman on May 08, 2019, 08:10:53 pm
Congrats on the bow of the month. Arvin
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: bradsmith2010 on May 09, 2019, 06:54:20 am
Congrats )P(
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: Ringeck85 on May 09, 2019, 12:18:03 pm
Congratulations on an impressively designed and beautiful bow, Airkah!!  Well deserved win!
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: leonwood on May 09, 2019, 12:43:03 pm
Congrats! You had my vote! Like others said it was a great introduction, keep ‘m bows comin ;D
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: kbear on May 09, 2019, 01:09:21 pm
Yay, I won! That is to say, the bow I voted for won Yay! What great sportsmanship from leonwood too, huh. I love leon's work, his bows are a thing of great beauty. Bj is probably one of the most respected Bowyers on the forum, and Straightarrow's grips and tips were real nice. But, your bow, for this month Erika, was a thing of beauty, simplicity, and elegance. Well done, and welcome! Look forward to seeing more.......
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: NCoutdoorsman on May 13, 2019, 09:41:42 am
Yes Yes Yes please keep the bows coming. What are you currently working on? Oh yeah congrats!!!!
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: airkah on May 13, 2019, 11:27:22 am
Thanks Leon, that really means a lot coming from you. There are a few people on here that I'll look through old bows they've shown when I'm looking for inspiration and you're one of them.

NC, I've got two staves I'm working on right now. One is a 61 inch red elm stave I've got mostly roughed out. I'm thinking about trying a 5 curve with it just to see if I can pull it off. I have a picture in my head of the finished bow that involves a few inches of wraps coming out of the fades and again near the tips. But I hesitate to do it, since the only bow I've shown here had wraps and I don't care for adding the weight to the outer limbs. I think when its tillered I'll also only have dark heartwood on the handle, so I don't really want to cover that either. I guess I'll make a decision once I see what the final bow would look like. I don't have as much time as I'd like to work on it, so itwill probably be atleast a month or maybe two before its finished if I'm lucky enough not to break it.

The other is a 72in, 2in wide Osage stave that I am currently in the "stare at" phase. It really doesn't have much as far as character and its so wide/long/straight that the stave really isn't dictating what I can do with it. It's still has to finish losing moisture content, so I have some time to figure it out. I tried to speed it up a little bit like I did the elm in my hotbox (what we call a car in Florida) but it started to get a small drying crack between the sapwood and heartwood, so I'm going to play to safe and keep staring at it for awhile.
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: okie64 on May 13, 2019, 06:54:42 pm
Congratulations on the win! That is a fine bow!

I like the term you used referring to the “stare at” phase. I have a bunch of those that I go out to my shop and do that to on a daily basis. Hard to get much done just looking at them though. :)
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: Hawkdancer on May 13, 2019, 11:24:19 pm
Congratulations!  You do good work!  I like the "stare in" idea - got several of those in the garage!  They also are at the "in the way" phase, or "put them somewhere else"! (lol)
Hawkdancer
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: Drewster on May 14, 2019, 05:00:14 am
Congratulations indeed!  It's a well deserved win.  Keep 'em coming.
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: DC on May 14, 2019, 08:30:50 am
I find the perfectly straight staves the most difficult to plan. When I do the "stare in" I get nothing from them.
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: SLIMBOB on May 14, 2019, 10:02:03 am
Amen to that.
Although...I think I may tackle a somewhat “boring” stave next, just to take a breather.
Nah.  This is where all the action is....
Title: Re: Congrats to Airkah for winning April Self Bow of the Month!!
Post by: DELTA_WOLF on May 15, 2019, 03:58:02 pm
Definitely a BOM, Congrats  (SH)