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Offline OldBow

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Hazelnut D-Bow by Gordon Ferlitsch of Tigard, Oregon
is Self Bow of the Year for 2008 Congratulations!

http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,4792.0.htm
Gordon's bows are really inspirational. Not only are they very well made but he goes to great lengths to create tips, handles, and dyes to make them works of art.
Last fall I received a call from a gentleman in Washington State. Mike had seen my ambush style vine maple bow on the Web and asked if I would make him another like it. But instead of a rawhide back he wanted snakeskin and a lower draw weight.

I did not have any suitable vine maple that was dry but I had a hazelnut stave which Bryan Briand had generously provided to me that looked like it might do the trick. Mike expressed an interest in seeing the process of how his bow was made so I decided that I would document the steps in a build-a-long. Three months and over 200 pictures later, the bow is finally done. You canít really appreciate how much time goes into making one of these bows until you have to describe each and every step!

Gordon won BOM in January for both self and laminate bows. The comments below reflect his overall craftsmanship.
-"Gordon you've done a awesome job as always.I really like the finish and the grip" -tradrick
-"Ok Gordon! Congrats to that FULL House I like your work 'cause every of your bows inspires me!" -AndrewS
-"Congratulations on the clean sweep Gordon. And thank you for the fine examples of workmanship that you continue to produce. They certainly represent the level that many of us hope to attain" -stiknstring
-"congratulations gordon! - you are an impressive bowyer and both wins are absolutely well deserved! i was totally surprised to have a tie with you in the laminated category - obviously to the last minute! congratulations also to all the other bowyers, i really appreciate everybody's bows!" -frank
-"Congratulations Gordon. I knew you were going to pull it off again with those bows. The way your going we are going to come up with a legendary hall of fame for you and your acomplishments. I know your to humble of a man to ever admit it but you really are a master bowyer." - Keenan


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Dustybaer

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Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2009, 01:31:15 pm »
now THAT is a well deserved win.  congratulations to this landslide win and to this beauty of a bow.

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Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2009, 01:39:53 pm »
Beautiful Bow.  Congrats on a well deserved win.

Offline GregB

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Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2009, 01:41:06 pm »
Congratulations Gordon on a deserving win! You continue to inspire people with your bows! :)
Greg

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Offline uwe

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Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2009, 01:44:07 pm »
No big surprise! Congrads! The beauty of the bow is amazing.
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Offline DanaM

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Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2009, 01:50:59 pm »
Well done and congrats Gordon, she's a beauty thats for sure :)
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Offline Bernhard Langbogen

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Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2009, 02:05:27 pm »
Congratulations Gordon is a very nice bow.
Nice that a D-bow win this competion.

Regards
Bernhard

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Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2009, 02:19:44 pm »
Congrat's Gordon - beautiful bow!
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Offline Karly

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Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2009, 02:53:50 pm »
A breath taken Bow and a worthier Winner.
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Offline Damion

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Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2009, 03:14:01 pm »
A real beauty has won. Congratulations.
Besides a perfekt tiller, I like the contrasts between the snake, the wood and the dyed tips.
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Offline Gordon

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Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2009, 03:56:46 pm »
Thank you all so much. It is a great honor to be selected from such a field of spectacular bows. I can hardly believe it.
Gordon

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Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2009, 04:06:05 pm »
Great job Gordon.  The build along from this bow will be helping guys build bows for years to come. It has definitely effected the amount of detail I put into mine. Justin
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Offline kra

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Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2009, 04:36:51 pm »
Gartulation
A great bow - all, from the tiller to the beauty of the finish. A imposing artwork - truely worth BoY.

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Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2009, 04:52:15 pm »
Congrats Gordon. That was one pretty bow.  :)
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Offline acker

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Re: Gordon Ferlitsch's Self Bow Made from Hazelnut is Self Bow of the Year
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2009, 05:03:02 pm »
congrats ! a beautyfull bow and the best buildalong I have ever seen !