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Main Discussion Area => Bows => Topic started by: DirtyDan on September 26, 2008, 12:31:53 pm

Title: A Hupa style bow
Post by: DirtyDan on September 26, 2008, 12:31:53 pm
This is a Hupa (West Coast Indians) type bow that I made.  It is sinew-backed hickory.  52" long ntn, 2 3/8" wide at the widest, 1" wide at the nocks.  It pulls 47 pounds at 25".  Tiller is not perfect, but it varies some from time to time, probably because of the sinew.  It was pretty even last week.  I had fun painting it, though, and it shoots pretty fast.(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm219/spiermo/hupa%20bow/hupaandcamo001.jpg)(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm219/spiermo/hupa%20bow/DSC_0495.jpg)
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Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: ahawi stick on September 26, 2008, 12:37:57 pm
Nice looking bow Dan,really like the paint job, well done!
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: ballista on September 26, 2008, 07:48:01 pm
yeah, the paint looks great. im actuallt thinking of making a flatbow, do you thing sinew is nessassary or just a cool primitave edge for a good, straight grained hickory board? i have yet to have one of my hickory bows even splinter, but a good tiller is omething i dont tend to rush.
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: DirtyDan on September 27, 2008, 05:31:28 am
Yes, you would not necessarily need to sinew it, but it sure makes it stronger and reassures that you won't have string follow.
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: welch2 on September 27, 2008, 08:13:00 am
Cool bow there Dan . But just the first 3 pictures show up for me ,  the rest are the text of the html code.

 I like this one.

(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm219/spiermo/hupa%20bow/DSC_0484.jpg)

Here are the rest of them.

(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm219/spiermo/hupa%20bow/DSC_0500.jpg)

(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm219/spiermo/hupa%20bow/DSC_0493.jpg)  (http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm219/spiermo/hupa%20bow/DSC_0492.jpg)

(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm219/spiermo/hupa%20bow/DSC_0486.jpg)

Love them shorties .

Ralph


Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: JackCrafty on September 27, 2008, 08:41:05 am
Dang, that bow looks good!
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: longfletch on September 27, 2008, 12:10:00 pm
sweet bow

bryan
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: YewArcher on September 28, 2008, 04:50:06 am
Nice Job Dan!
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: uwe on September 28, 2008, 05:34:22 am
Thats what I like! Phantastic bow and design. The decoration, real period.
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: DirtyDan on September 28, 2008, 06:12:29 am
Thanks, everyone, for the kind words.

Dan Spier
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: cracker on September 28, 2008, 06:44:36 am
Good looking bow Dan that paint job really sets it off.Ronnie
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: George Tsoukalas on September 28, 2008, 07:42:43 am
Very nice job! jawge
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: cheapshot on September 28, 2008, 08:06:45 am
Beautiful bow Dan, I've always liked that style bow. How does she shoot? 
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: shortarrow on September 28, 2008, 04:05:50 pm
Great looking bow!
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: JBL on September 28, 2008, 04:23:52 pm
Cool bow I love those short West Coast bows.  I also love your paint job.
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: mullet on September 28, 2008, 08:05:29 pm
   That's a sweet looking bow Dan. Beautiful art work. I think you could have got a inch or more and helped the tiller if it bent in the handle area more though.
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: OldBow on September 29, 2008, 09:23:13 am
Quite the art work and quite the well-made bow.  Good entry for Sept Self Bow of the Month.
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: DirtyDan on October 01, 2008, 06:32:29 am
Thanks to everyone.  Mullet, I agree that I could get more bend toward the handle.  I may re-work the tiller.  Thanks.
Dan
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: Pappy on October 01, 2008, 08:24:06 am
Nice job Dan,beautiful paint work ,you are a very talented guy. :) A little more bending torward the handle wouldn't hurt.  :)
   Pappy
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: tommy6 on October 01, 2008, 11:37:03 am
That is a beautiful bow I love Pacific Coast native artwork. What kind of paint and sealer did you use?
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: DirtyDan on October 04, 2008, 08:20:20 am
Tommy,  acrylic paint and wipe-on poly. 
Dan
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: Sidewinder on October 04, 2008, 10:44:06 am
Dirty Dan, nice job. Like everyone says the paint looks great. I'm gonna guess that the sinew will take about 6mths to fully cure and poundage should go up if the hickory does'nt get sloppy on you due to humidity. What part of the country do you live in?   Danny
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: Traxx on October 04, 2008, 12:27:57 pm
Dirty Dan,
Outstanding reproduction!!!!
I have Hupa,Karok and Yurok,friends and relations.Any one of em,would be proud to own a bow like that.
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: Knocker on October 04, 2008, 12:55:35 pm
I have never shot short bows like these.  Do you put a mark on your arrow at maximum draw?  I think I would just keep drawing it longer and longer until I eventually broke the thing.   >:(  Or should you just match a short bow with short arrows that you can draw full length?

I love the colors and patterns in the California bows.  I live in the Pacific Northwest, and really enjoy the Northwest Coastal art we have here which is totally different.  Does anyone have examples of artwork used on Northwest Coastal bows?  The Northwest First Nations peoples were a maritime culture and were really known more for their masks, canoes, paddles, totems & longhouses.  They were primarily fishermen and whalers, but I know they also used bows.  I am guessing bows would have decorated as well - they decorated everything else they made...

Keith
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: benjamin on October 04, 2008, 01:25:26 pm
putting a wrap on the shaft at the highest draw limit is a good way to keep from overdrawing when you shoot quickly. i like doing it but if you really need it, then you built the bow wrong. Short bows especially need to be built to the archer. My short bows are made to draw 18'' because that is where my wrist stops at my chin. I might overdraw 1/2'' depending on how stiff my bow arm is but that is my comfort zone. If your zone is the same but your bow draws 21'' and you're just floating your hand out in space wondering if you're there yet, you will be very inaccurate. If your budy's short draw just happens to be 21'' long, I say give the bow to him and make another one.
if I replicate a indian style bow, I make it to MY draw, not that archer's draw.
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: Bowbound on October 05, 2008, 03:40:47 am
Nice bow, and some great artistic talents too ;)
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: Redbone on October 06, 2008, 08:17:21 am
Nice Bow Dan!   I made a Modoc bow a few months ago very similar to yours.. They are fun to build, And I think it took me longer to paint the bow than it did to build. Those lines can start running together after a few hours of painting :o

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Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: DirtyDan on October 07, 2008, 02:18:25 pm
Amen to that, Redbone.  That is a beautiful bow that you made.  I really enjoy the painting aspect, as I am sure you do.

Dan
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: Gordon on October 07, 2008, 10:12:19 pm
That's a neat looking bow. The artwork is really eye-catching. I've got to tackle one of those soon - you've inspired me.
Title: Re: A Hupa style bow
Post by: Knocker on October 11, 2008, 10:19:33 am
Thanks for sharing Redbone.  Would you mind posting a couple of closeup photos of the artwork you did?

Keith