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Offline skyarrow

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Black palm south American bow with arrows
« on: May 09, 2012, 08:39:32 pm »
We were workin on a friends well today and he saw my knapping bag with a book on points. So it started a conversation on primitive stuff he went up stairs and came down with a bow and arrow set he traded for back in the 60s while he was in south amarica talk abou a cool bow to have here are the pictures I took hope y'all like











He sed this was actually used to hunt with I think he traded some packs of cigeretts for it :) talk about cool






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Re: Mahogany south American bow with arrows
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2012, 09:12:32 pm »
thats cool , looks like black palm... i bet those points can do some real damage! i have a bow from the congo(pygmys i thinks) that a friend got for me about a month or so ago i need to post some pics.
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Re: Mahogany south American bow with arrows
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2012, 10:54:54 pm »
Really neat to see in person some old work from different countries ...thanks for sharing ;)
Is this bow making a sickness? or the cure...

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Re: Mahogany south American bow with arrows
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2012, 11:07:56 pm »
Np if you can't read the paper it says the bow was used by the bushnegros  tribe
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Re: Mahogany south American bow with arrows
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2012, 11:19:34 pm »
Here is a pic of one shooting a fish
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Re: Mahogany south American bow with arrows
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2012, 11:57:45 pm »
That is very cool!!! How long is the bow? Sure looks narrow...
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Re: Mahogany south American bow with arrows
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2012, 12:43:58 am »
Very nice to see this bow/arrows.
The bow is made from black palm by the looks of it. No mahogany looks like that. When you look at how narrow it is it must be made from something dense and mahogany is not dense!

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Re: Mahogany south American bow with arrows
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2012, 04:21:20 am »
Nice bow! Looks authentic. Those arrows look sharp too, with some scary looking tips.
The bow is black palm. It's not mahogany at all. Mahogany doesn't even grow in Suriname...back then, any exotic wood was 'mahogany'.
Those arrowshafts look really thick. As if they don't belong to the bow? Any guess on the drawweight of the bow and the spine of the arrows? I know those arrows are supposed to be too long, but judging from the tips and shaft diameter, they almost look like spears, haha!
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Re: Mahogany south American bow with arrows
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2012, 07:41:20 am »
Cool thanx for the info on the wood il let my friend know about the wood he sed I can bring it home if I want :) I mite just do that and take some better pictures. As for the arrows they are a hollow reed like shaft kinda like a Cain there so old I can't spine them they have tons of cracks on them. And no idea of the draw weight of the bow i checked it on the floor like you check a floor tiller and it feels about in the 40-50 range
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Re: Mahogany south American bow with arrows
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2012, 09:53:25 am »
I have a black palm native bow from the Molonia tribe..think that's how to spell it....arrows tipped with poison and still deadly..from the late 40's era...story is a missionary found an dying woman and child deep in the jungle and took the child to the nearest tribe..the Chief being so appreciative gave his most prized possession in thanks..his bow and arrows..arrows are 4 ft long no fletchings ...wooden points notched and barbed, short bow maybe 50 inches 1 1/2 wide....of course vegetation string....would not even dare to string or shoot...saaawweeet...
to take from nature the materials needed to take from nature the meat needed...they all die from natural causes osage, rivercane, stone points,...

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Re: Mahogany south American bow with arrows
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2012, 09:55:41 am »
Motilone tribe..I think...
to take from nature the materials needed to take from nature the meat needed...they all die from natural causes osage, rivercane, stone points,...

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Re: Black palm south American bow with arrows
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2012, 10:06:22 am »
Awesome Sterling.  I wonder if a similar bow can be made from coconut palm, unbacked. 
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Re: Black palm south American bow with arrows
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2012, 08:17:53 am »
You should try Steve I bet you could
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