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Title: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: liyeliye123123 on April 30, 2020, 08:59:29 pm
The story of this bow started years before I even started making selfbows. I cut this small diameter Osage tree at my neighborís backyard because he needed some help and I could keep the wood. The tree was full of small brunches and was not straight at all. Back then, I didnít know anything about bow making, so I had no idea what to do with the wood, yet I have this tiny piece of thought in my mind that maybe someday in the future I could use it for something. One or two years later as I shared before, I started making bows and got addicted with it. But even in my early bow making days when I look at this piece of wood, I felt it was impossible to turn this gnarly wood into a bow. With my bow making skills getting better I have better understandings of what can be turned into a bow. I didnít have a good design for this wood until I saw Weylinís yew hollow limb bow. It was really mind blowing and I was like woooooow!! It opened a new world for me. I never knew that bow making can be done this way. Then I spent hours and days looking at the wood and thinking about designs and how to layout the bow. But still, I didnít have enough courage to start the project because I know it would be a ton of scraping and not sure if it would work after all the hard work. So, I left it in my garage and worked on other staves.

Recently I have a lot of time staying at home, so I asked myself why not give it a try? If the hollow limb design doesnít work, itís ok too, itís just part of the bow making journey. How would I learn without some failures? The natural gull wing style, all the knot holes, the high crown and hollow limb design makes it a challenge to tiller. But the end result worked out well. The hard work is worth it! As I imagined, it was indeed a lot of work, but this valuable experience convinced me to make more of this design in the future because itís so satisfying looking at the finished product.

Personally, Iím not a big fun of a cut in shelf, but this guy in the picture only knows how to shoot a bow this way, haha. The glued on African black wood handle gives it a decent look which I really like.

62 inches NTN
#40@28
14strands D97
Enjoy the bow!

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Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: paulsemp on April 30, 2020, 09:04:16 pm
wow
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: osage outlaw on April 30, 2020, 09:10:04 pm
Very cool bow Li!
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: Pat B on April 30, 2020, 09:26:29 pm
That's as much sculpture as it is a beautiful bow. Very well done!!!   8)
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: Sagebrush on April 30, 2020, 10:32:42 pm
I don't know why I like gull wings so much. They have always shot great for me even though the physics hint that they shouldn't.  Be proud of that one sir!!!  You have a keen eye.
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: HH~ on May 01, 2020, 06:09:56 am
Holy Crap

Another one outta the park! You should start a Bow gallery for your photo's and bows!

14 strand D97. . . Howd you know my very recipe for whitetail huntin with SB?

HH~
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: smoke on May 01, 2020, 06:38:14 am
Very cool and extraordinary workmanship!  Well done!
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 01, 2020, 08:04:37 am
Masterful!
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: BowEd on May 01, 2020, 09:42:48 am
More sweet outstanding work from you Li.Paitence is a virtue and you've got it.
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: rps3 on May 01, 2020, 10:09:40 am
Paul beat me. WOW!

Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: DC on May 01, 2020, 10:16:37 am
Wow x 3
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: Yew Bow on May 01, 2020, 10:51:50 am
Wow, amazing bow If I had that kind of knots on my stave, It would have broke no question.
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: Aaron H on May 01, 2020, 10:57:51 am
Excellent craftsmanship
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: Hans H on May 01, 2020, 12:11:54 pm
+1, very nice
Hans
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: hoosierf on May 01, 2020, 01:12:31 pm
Beautiful work!  Well done.
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: Rākau on May 01, 2020, 04:06:49 pm
Wow x4 mesmerizing
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: Weylin on May 01, 2020, 04:43:22 pm
That's a work of art! Nice bow, Li Ye. It feels good to know that I added a spark to this project. I always enjoy seeing your work. Keep it up!
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: RyanY on May 01, 2020, 04:47:02 pm
Stunning work! To get such a good tiller with all those knots is outstanding!
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: Hamish on May 01, 2020, 06:44:11 pm
Great example of your bowyering  powers. Is bowyering even a word? It should be.
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: Carson (CMB) on May 02, 2020, 11:38:47 am
Hollow limb + gullwing + holy = one badass bow
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: okiecountryboy on May 07, 2020, 11:27:15 pm
Can't quit looking at it!!!
Pure functional ART!!!
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: HH~ on May 08, 2020, 07:51:40 am
A OBB

HH~
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: xin on May 08, 2020, 02:46:53 pm
I can hardly find the right words.  So I will just say" amazing craftsmanship" . 
Title: Re: Osage Orange gull wing hollow design 40#@28''
Post by: Stiks-N-Strings on May 09, 2020, 12:37:40 pm
To build a bow out of a stick like that says more about craftsmanship than can be put into words!