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Offline Almostpighunter

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3 Sisters Snakey Osage (pic Heavy)
« on: March 10, 2011, 03:00:36 pm »
This was the one project I just had to finish before I started on my trade bow as I've been pretty obsessed with it ever since the stave came into my possession. A little history: the stave was sent to me by Mullet in a trade and originally came from Shannon Walker. Apparently this was the last of the "3 sisters staves" and as soon as Mullet sent me a pic I knew I had to take a shot at it. The stave was sent with a warning about difficulties the other two sisters had in the tillering process, so I was really focused on being as meticulous as possible with the scraper.

In the end I spent so much effort in getting the tiller as close to perfect as I could that, by the time I realized it, I had overshot my desired draw weight. I considered cutting the tips down to get some more weight, but the curves were so wonderful I just didn't have the heart to do it. In the end, I decided if I could comfortably shoot a decent group at twenty yards I'd keep it the way it was. Had to use lighter arrows, but this bow will NEVER  see the saw (see pic below, not going to win any world championships but it's good enough for me!). I absolutely love it and my shoulder doesn't throb after an hour of shooting the way it usually does with my heavier bows.

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Osage self bow with back taken down to one ring. I was originally thinking fancy riser and tip overlays but it just didn't seem right as the bow curves naturally into my palm and then reverses for a perfect arrow "shelf." Decided instead to keep is "simple" and true to the stave.

Draw weight 43# (just a hair under actually) @ 30". I had originally posted a question about adding draw weight for a bow that was 40# @ 30" and it turns out that I was mistakenly measuring the weight at 29"  ::) . I can really be a doofus at times  :P .

Length: 73" t2t (71" n2n)

Grip: Buffalo hide with latigo thatch. I have always preferred to shoot off my hand as opposed to a shelf, but the thick hide and natural curves make for a terrific and consistent "shelf" to shoot from while keeping the "off the hand" feel.

Enjoy! Talk to y'all later, I'm going shooting!!!
« Last Edit: March 10, 2011, 09:31:09 pm by Josh »

Offline Almostpighunter

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Re: 3 Sisters Snakey Osage (pic Heavy)
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2011, 03:03:04 pm »
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Offline Elktracker

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Re: 3 Sisters Snakey Osage (pic Heavy)
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2011, 03:08:26 pm »
 :o That is sweet! looks like you nailed that one I love it!
my friends think my shops a mess, my wife thinks I have too much bow wood, my neighbors think im redneck white trash and they may all be right on the money!!

Josh Vance  Netarts OR. (Tillamook)

Offline ohma

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Re: 3 Sisters Snakey Osage (pic Heavy)
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2011, 03:10:14 pm »
nice bow,bad arrow choice.
if your not dead you are getting older so get out and shoot some arrows.

Offline sharpend60

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Re: 3 Sisters Snakey Osage (pic Heavy)
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2011, 03:14:03 pm »
Wow.

Offline markinengland

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Re: 3 Sisters Snakey Osage (pic Heavy)
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2011, 03:18:29 pm »
Lovely bow. Got any osage offcuts to make a wiggly wooden arrow to match?

Offline NTD

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Re: 3 Sisters Snakey Osage (pic Heavy)
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2011, 03:21:03 pm »
Wow!  I don't know if I'll ever have the nerve to try one like that.  Outstanding Job, tiller looks great.
Nate Danforth

Offline Pat B

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Re: 3 Sisters Snakey Osage (pic Heavy)
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2011, 03:52:00 pm »
You did a fantastic job on this beauty!  I may have the fourth sister to that stave and David Knight  another. We got them from Shannon at the Classic 2 years ago. Shannon told me of the problems he had so I haven't attempted a build yet. The stave needed to season more anyway.
  Great job on a very difficult stave.  8)
Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes!    Pat Brennan  Brevard, NC

Offline ErictheViking

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Re: 3 Sisters Snakey Osage (pic Heavy)
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2011, 03:57:45 pm »
incredible! that is the definition of a character bow. I think you did right by not adding a riser, and the tiller is sweet.
"He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart"  C.S. Lewis

Offline Buckeye Guy

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Re: 3 Sisters Snakey Osage (pic Heavy)
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2011, 04:25:29 pm »
Good job !!
One of the better looking bows I've seen in awhile !!
Thanks for sharing it !
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Offline Josh

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Re: 3 Sisters Snakey Osage (pic Heavy)
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2011, 09:32:16 pm »
Very nice snakey osage bow!  Bookmarked for March BOM contest too!  This topic was somehow accidently locked so I have unlocked it as well so you can get more wonderful comments on this well-designed bow.  ;)  :)
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Offline snag

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Re: 3 Sisters Snakey Osage (pic Heavy)
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2011, 09:42:40 pm »
Carbon arrows out of such a beauty bow???? ;)
Is. 49:2 ....He made me a polished arrow and concealed me in His quiver.

Offline Bevan R.

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Re: 3 Sisters Snakey Osage (pic Heavy)
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2011, 09:46:55 pm »
Awsome job Sir!!

Bevan R
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Offline osage outlaw

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« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2011, 09:55:23 pm »
I want one!!!   Very nice job.
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Offline profsaffel

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Re: 3 Sisters Snakey Osage (pic Heavy)
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2011, 10:11:24 pm »
Straight as a board, eh?  ;D

Nice job with a tough piece of osage!
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