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Offline OldBow

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Congrats to Fried Pie for October Self Bow of the Month
« on: November 05, 2009, 10:01:29 am »
Congratulations to Doug Hildreth (Fried Pie) of Clarksville, Tennessee
His Osage Bow is October Self Bow of the Month

http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,15637.0.html
From Doug:Twin Oaks Fever is my first self-bow and the result of a fever caught last spring at my first Twin Oaks Classic.  I owe both the bow making opportunity and a fine result to friends, Mark (Pappy) and Greg (GregB).

The bow was made from some snaky Twin Oaks Osage cut two years ago and diamond-back skins from Gary Davis.  The tip to tip length is 66” and it has a 50 lb pull at 28” draw.  The mid-limb width is 1-5/8” that tapers to ˝” width at the string notch.  The tips are layered Zebrawood from Greg and cow horn from Pappy with a couple of Zebrawood beads at the grip.  The grip is piece of packaged Tandy Industries hide, that was applied and laced wet.  The tips and skins were glued with waterproof Franklin International Tightbond III.  It was finished with ten coats of hand rubbed Birchwood Casey Tru-oil and shoots quite and sweet.

It started with Greg’s selection of two Twin Oak Osage staves.  One very snaky and one less snaky.  This bow came from the less snaky stave.  The larger snaky stave was the beginning of a plan for Greg, Pappy, and Anthony (BigA), to make three matching bows.  Although the less snaky stave was chosen as more forgiving for a first bow, removal of the bark and sapwood revealed a plague of worm holes.  Two were deep, persistent, and unavoidable on opposite limbs on each side of the centerline.  The grain was chased what seemed countless times before reaching worm free wood.  Not only was it frustrating, the stave was nearly consumed with the wood removal to the point where it was beginning to risk the development of a bow from the stave.  It gave me considerable “chasing the grain” experience and echoed Greg’s advice, “remove everything that does not look like a bow.”  Greg’s son, Jamison, drew the nice “Twin Oaks” trees below the grip.
Thanks to all for your help and encouragement and the introduction to primitive archery
Here's some comments about this wonderful weapon:
"We were proud to play a part at getting him introduced to this fine hobby we enjoy. I think the bow turned out great, and really is a good shooter. Doug and his daughter Katie have an additional hobby they can do together... shooting their self bows." -GregB
"that is a saaaweeet bow. i look at alot of first bows on here and dang there is some raw talent out there. very nice job. and i love the art work." -woodstick
"That turned out great Doug,I know it looked good the last time I saw it but the finish work you put on it is outstanding.Nice job.  Now for #2. " -Pappy
"Awesome bow Doug. Great attention to detail and very unique features as well. That is definitely a bow to be proud of and I'm sure the first of many more to come. Congratulations."    Keenan


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Offline RidgeRunner

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Re: Congrats to Fried Pie
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2009, 10:19:50 am »
Way to go Doug.
That is a fine bow.  Love the handle wrap over snake skin.
Look forward to meeting you at the next Tn. Classic.
Fried pie... Cant much more southern than that. ;D

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Re: Congrats to Fried Pie
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2009, 12:13:42 pm »
Congrats Doug Sweet snake bow
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Re: Congrats to Fried Pie
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2009, 01:57:24 pm »
Really nice bow, well deserved win!
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Re: Congrats to Fried Pie
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2009, 04:32:58 pm »
well it was the best of the best, very sweet bow and cool handle wrap.
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Offline The Singing Bowyer

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Re: Congrats to Fried Pie
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2009, 06:41:20 pm »
What a beauty! The skins and handle are fantastic.... A well-deserved win!  ;)
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Re: Congrats to Fried Pie
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2009, 06:51:14 pm »
Nice one Doug! Love all the detail work and ya couldn't have better folks helping you out with your first bow. Well deserved win and congrat's!
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Re: Congrats to Fried Pie
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2009, 07:55:11 pm »
Again Congratulations Doug, that is one very fine bow.

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Re: Congrats to Fried Pie
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2009, 11:11:17 am »
The October Self Bow of the Month selection was an honor, especially with so many other fine bows, talent, and effort.  Every encouragement, kind word, and vote is very much appreciated.

Thanks,

Fried Pie (Doug)

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Re: Congrats to Fried Pie
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2009, 08:02:15 pm »
congrats
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Offline nugget

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Re: Congrats to Fried Pie
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2009, 09:56:37 pm »
Great bow and congrats on wining.
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Re: Congrats to Fried Pie
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2009, 03:15:15 pm »
No doubt a dead ringer from the start. Excellent job and congradulations.
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Re: Congrats to Fried Pie
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2009, 06:17:06 pm »
Beautiful bow Doug,congratulations. God Bless
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Re: Congrats to Fried Pie
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2009, 02:57:46 am »
Nice job Doug,turned our really nice. :)
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Re: Congrats to Fried Pie
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2009, 04:38:50 am »
Congratulations Doug! A really fine bow and you put a lot of effort into it.  :)
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