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Title: Sinew backed juniper with painted back
Post by: High-Desert on September 26, 2021, 02:05:14 am
This is a Sinew back juniper bow, 56Ē NtN, and is 50 lbs @ 28Ē. The back and tips are painted with natural earth pigments. The bow holds about 5Ē of reflex when unstrung. I tried to avoid getting the crack down the middle of the limb by keeping the bow in more humid environment, but that didnít work. Every juniper bow Iíve made has always sent a crack down the middle of the limb between 2 knots. The lower limb has no knots, and did not form a crack. The knot holes in the limb are filled with turquoise.
The red is from a road cut that had a small deposit of red rock, and the black is juniper charcoal. I used hide glue for a binder.  Using earth pigments has been difficult to learn. It seems ever material requires a different ratio of binder to pigment, as well as getting the right water to hide glue ratio.  The grip is a simple calf leather grip just wrapped on to keep it simple.
The coating is a truoil, that rubbed out 3 times before it came out right. Iíd rub out the finish, and I would go through the finish, and have to recoat a bunch, then wait a month to rub out again. I think this bow took about a year and a half to complete with all the little time consuming hick ups. Thanks for looking
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Post by: High-Desert on September 26, 2021, 02:06:31 am
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Post by: High-Desert on September 26, 2021, 02:07:31 am
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Post by: High-Desert on September 26, 2021, 02:08:34 am
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Post by: High-Desert on September 26, 2021, 02:09:21 am
Full draw and bow unstrung
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Post by: bownarra on September 26, 2021, 02:36:32 am
Ain't sinew and juniper a marriage made in heaven :)
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Post by: PaSteve on September 26, 2021, 09:13:47 am
That is a super nice bow. Very well done.
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Post by: Bob Barnes on September 26, 2021, 09:18:41 am
another beautiful bow... It looks like something that would be in a museum.   Your sinew is very smooth and the artwork is excellent...not to forget the perfect bend.   :OK
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Post by: Marc St Louis on September 26, 2021, 09:35:57 am
Very nice
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Post by: Mike Yancey on September 26, 2021, 09:40:11 am
 Very nice
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Post by: superdav95 on September 26, 2021, 10:00:06 am
Wow super nice. 
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Post by: Selfbowman on September 26, 2021, 10:46:49 am
Great paint job. It does belong in a museum. Really beautiful bow . Holds five inches of reflex. Very impressive. Well done. Arvin
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Post by: simson on September 26, 2021, 11:10:47 am
Classy bow!
Great work, congrats.
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Post by: Pat B on September 26, 2021, 12:33:03 pm
Excellent bow and beautifully crafted.   :OK
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Post by: Don W on September 26, 2021, 01:00:01 pm
I love the paint job. Excellent execution
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Post by: Will B on September 26, 2021, 03:24:25 pm
Your art work on the back of that one is awesome. Great bend like all your bows. Another beauty!
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Post by: AndrewS on September 27, 2021, 05:14:18 am
A nice bow. I will drink a gin to your beauty.. (-S
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Post by: Allyn T on September 27, 2021, 09:10:52 am
My my, that is pretty
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Post by: bradsmith2010 on September 27, 2021, 02:27:29 pm
wow beautiful,, perfect,, )P( :-D (SH)
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Post by: SDBurntStick on September 28, 2021, 07:56:25 pm
Really amazing bow.  Sounds like a great test of patience and dedication!
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Post by: GlisGlis on September 29, 2021, 06:46:28 am
Awesome bow and great art.
Did you make masks (stencil like) to do such an accurate decoration or is it freehand?
Title: Re: Sinew backed juniper with painted back
Post by: High-Desert on September 29, 2021, 10:09:56 am
Thanks everyone for the compliments.

Awesome bow and great art.
Did you make masks (stencil like) to do such an accurate decoration or is it freehand?
hahaha, Iím no artist. Iím mathematical, not artistic. If I did this freehand, it would look like a 4 year olds drawing. I measure off the triangles and dots, and I masked off the shapes in a couple series.
Title: Re: Sinew backed juniper with painted back
Post by: GlisGlis on September 29, 2021, 10:13:23 am
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hahaha, Iím no artist. Iím mathematical, not artistic. If I did this freehand, it would look like a 4 year olds drawing. I measure off the triangles and dots, and I masked off the shapes in a couple series.

that still count as a very good job  :OK :OK :OK
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Post by: rps3 on September 29, 2021, 10:21:47 am
Some things are worth the wait. Your sinew job alone required more patience than I could ever muster. Beautiful bend and artwork as well.
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Post by: WhistlingBadger on September 29, 2021, 06:40:37 pm
I really love everything about this bow.  What a beauty.  I'm feeling inspired to go find some juniper.
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Post by: Stixnstones on September 30, 2021, 06:53:56 pm
Wow! What a bow, excellent work
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Post by: Rowan Bows on November 01, 2021, 02:46:47 pm
wow the layers are so well sanded extremly fine
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Post by: medicinewheel on November 05, 2021, 03:30:43 am
Wow!
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Post by: hoosierf on November 08, 2021, 09:08:42 am
A+  Very nice
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Post by: simk on November 09, 2021, 04:29:44 am
I love this bow - can I buy it?
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Post by: JW_Halverson on November 10, 2021, 08:58:15 am
Wow, that's just textbook material there, from aesthetics to design to execution! I am so jealous that I have to nitpick and say its only fault is that the lines are TOO STRAIGHT!   >:(   Anyone else wanting some of these incredibly sour grapes that I am eating over here? I got plenty!!!

This just revives my desire to go out in the high country in Utah and find some of those old junipers that show scarring from when bowstaves were cleaved from them, healed up, only to be harvested from again and again. Be mighty tempting to harvest one perfect piece for me. 

Excellent work, sir! Just excellent!