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Offline OldBow

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Alex Roche's Osage is May Self Bow of the Month
« on: June 05, 2009, 05:11:34 pm »
Congratulations to Alex Roche from Knoxville, Tennessee
His Snakeskin Covered "VooDoo Child" is May Self Bow of the Month

http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,13179.0.html
From Alex: Yeah, I'm a Hendrix nut.
This is my first snake bow. I got the stave (not made from billets) on a visit to Casa de' Yazoo back in February. I got it nearly finished at the Classic, but not quite. It is 64" NTN, 1.5" wide from fade to mid-limb, then tapering to 3/8 at the nocks. It is 55# at 29.5 inches. The backing is Western DB. The tip overlays are from elk sheds I found in Wyoming in 1995. I have whiter, prettier antler around, but I really wanted to use these. The handle wrap is made from scrap from my Dad's chaps. He was a true biker and loved it like I love trad/primitive archery. The lacing is hemp, with the tag ends adorned with deer antler tips from a buck I killed in 2005, and a rattle from a canebreak my Dad killed in 1998.
As if all that wasn't enough mojo, Ryano helped me learn the rounded belly style, Sawfiler helped me learn the narrow tips style (though not as narrow as his  ), GregB helped with layout, my good buddy Ethan Roderigue of Okeena Longbows lent hand to the skinning, Gary Davis supplied dacron and good conversation while I twisted the string, and of course Pappy provided the venue and good will.   Hence, a name heavy with mojo. The smearing on the name signature was done on purpose-accidentally.   I use gel ink and acetone as an erasor, so I can easily wipe off and re-write anything. I accidentally smeared the name before clearing over and thought it made a really cool effect, given the nature and name of the bow. So I touched up the lettering and left the smear. I really like it. I also left the check below the hanlde on purpose. I thought about filling it in with sawdust and superglue, but decided it makes a great beauty mark.  
From Participants in Primitive Archery Forums:
"Now that is one beautiful bow ! All that good mojo and a name the late-great Hendrix would be proud of- it HAS to be a good bow !" -Kegan
"Bear, she turned out even more stunning that I thought she would. You done an awesome job finishing it out, and the tiller is dead on. Beautiful, just beautiful!" -Saw Filer"
very nice arc on that bow, ..and great craftsmanship" -NOMADIC PIRATE "
A classic "snake," there is no doubt.   Excellent craftsmanship.  Well done." -DirtyDan

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Offline Little John

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Re: Alex Roche's Osage is May Self Bow of the Month
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2009, 06:26:23 pm »
Oh I knew this bow was a winner from the first time I seen the post. Congratulations on a well deserved win and bunches of mojo and good medicine. I sometimes just go back and admire this one.    Kenneth
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Re: Alex Roche's Osage is May Self Bow of the Month
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2009, 08:31:11 pm »
Nice Job Alex! Glad I got to see this one at Pappy's. Congrats!
Its November, I'm gone hunt'in.......
Osage is still better.....

Offline FlintWalker

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Re: Alex Roche's Osage is May Self Bow of the Month
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2009, 09:46:31 pm »
Alex, if you remember...I told you that bow was BOM material.
  Congrats on a well deserved win!
Be thankfull for all you have, because no matter how bad you think it is...it can always be worse.

Offline The Singing Bowyer

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Re: Alex Roche's Osage is May Self Bow of the Month
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2009, 07:11:15 am »
Well-deserved win, Alex! I am looking forward to seeing "Purple Haze" and "Foxy Lady" in the near future.... ;)
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Re: Alex Roche's Osage is May Self Bow of the Month
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2009, 01:39:22 pm »
Congratulations Alex!  Incredible snaky bow!
Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes!    Pat Brennan  Brevard, NC

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Re: Alex Roche's Osage is May Self Bow of the Month
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2009, 05:02:29 am »
Congrats on your beautiful bow!Great job! Just one question;Does the rattle buzz when you shoot it?  God Bless
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Re: Alex Roche's Osage is May Self Bow of the Month
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2009, 02:23:11 am »
Congrats Alex,very nice job.
   Pappy
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Re: Alex Roche's Osage is May Self Bow of the Month
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2009, 05:26:27 am »
Congratulations Alex! You turned out a real beauty this time! ;)
Greg

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Offline Bear

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Re: Alex Roche's Osage is May Self Bow of the Month
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2009, 08:15:26 am »
Thanks guys. This one was a lot of fun. The kudos mean a lot coming from a list of names like the ones above.

Just needs blood now.  ;D
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Offline medicinewheel

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Re: Alex Roche's Osage is May Self Bow of the Month
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2009, 09:35:53 am »

Very nice bow, well deserved win!
Frank from Germany...

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Re: Alex Roche's Osage is May Self Bow of the Month
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2009, 01:30:31 pm »
Great looking bow brother!!
Bear G.
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Offline uwe

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Re: Alex Roche's Osage is May Self Bow of the Month
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2009, 01:40:11 pm »
Herzlichen Glückwunsch! (Congrads.) Hard fight against other nice bows!

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Re: Alex Roche's Osage is May Self Bow of the Month
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2009, 09:50:14 am »
Well, I stand up next to a bodark, chop it down with the edge of my hand
Well, I stand up next to an bodark, chop it down with the edge of my hand
Pick up the pieces and build me a snakebow
And it was voted the best in the land
'Cause I'm a voodoo chile, voodoo chile
God knows I'm a voodoo chile


Congratulations, I had a feeling we would see a "slight return" to your bow at the end of the month.  ;D
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Re: Alex Roche's Osage is May Self Bow of the Month
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2009, 10:01:54 am »
Congrats, Alex! Looked like a winner to me.