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Offline bootboy

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I started off looking for a suitable Peice of wood. When My metalhead friend from the old mill asked me To build him a long bow. I Readily Warmed to the idea of this as he told me Just what he wanted. A bow as tall as he was, in roughly the 80lbs range. The challenge being my friend happens to be seven feet taller. I measured his draw length. It was a freaky 3 feet from fist to chin. I knew my buddy's armspan was large but 3 feet of draw! man!

So I went through the woods near by, i found a pole of birch and had at home drying soon to be identified as Walnut stave. Both of suitable length for my personal viking giant. After weeks of suitable drying of these woods, I pulled out the longest one the full 7 foot long birch stave. A weaker wood yes but my friend wants seven feet and thats all that i had.  I laid out the centerline down the stave, after finding the halfway mark. I decided on a 8" handle.
 I went Onto Primitive archer to ask the experts for their opinion and low and behold I got several useful ones. Thusly spawning this build-a-long.

Before We Get into the meat of this fiberous operah, Lets meet the players shall we?
First is our star
Mr.Birch Stave.

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Offline david w.

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Re: The amazing adventures of bootboy : The 7 Foot Longbow Build-a-long
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2008, 08:57:18 pm »
this should be fun :)
These pretzels are making me thirsty.

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Re: The amazing adventures of bootboy : The 7 Foot Longbow Build-a-long
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2008, 12:19:33 pm »
Is that a natural relfex-deflex?
Steve in LV, NV

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Re: The amazing adventures of bootboy : The 7 Foot Longbow Build-a-long
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2008, 12:23:31 pm »
 ;D

Offline FlintWalker

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Re: The amazing adventures of bootboy : The 7 Foot Longbow Build-a-long
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2008, 04:31:39 pm »
I went today and cut you a rivercane arrow for this bow. I'll post a picture later.
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Offline wolfsire

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Re: The amazing adventures of bootboy : The 7 Foot Longbow Build-a-long
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2008, 05:30:55 pm »
I went today and cut you a rivercane arrow for this bow. I'll post a picture later.

I see a joke coming.
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Re: The amazing adventures of bootboy : The 7 Foot Longbow Build-a-long
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2008, 05:33:55 pm »
Well here ya go! ;D ;D ;D  I had you in mind when I cut this one. It should fit a giant bow perfectly. 
  It's laying beside one of my "other" cane arrows. ;D  Saw Filer

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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2008, 06:55:40 pm »
Shannon you sure that ain't Jack's beanstalk ::) ;) ;D
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2008, 08:44:13 pm »
Shannon you sure that ain't Jack's beanstalk ::) ;) ;D

So that's what the giant did with that stalk after it got chopped down :D

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Re: The amazing adventures of bootboy : The 7 Foot Longbow Build-a-long
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2008, 09:07:14 pm »
I been eyeballing this cane patch for a month now. From the road they looked good, nice and tall and about a half acre of 'em. So today I decided to check them out. They were about a half a mile across a bottom and when I got over there, this is what I found. Narry one of 'em was under 10' with most of 'em more like 20' tall. The one I cut was by no means the biggest, just one I cut for a short gig pole.
  I wish I had some BIG feathers and a point. It would look neat as a giant arrow.
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Re: The amazing adventures of bootboy : The 7 Foot Longbow Build-a-long
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2008, 01:10:04 am »
Also with Leading roles in our Preformance:
                                                           Mr. Mac Hetti
                                                           Sir Stanley Surform
                                                           Mr.Hack Saw esq.
                                                           2" chisel
                                                           The File bag Gang
                                                           Mr. Mark Ing Pencil (debuting fresh from china)

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Re: The amazing adventures of bootboy : The 7 Foot Longbow Build-a-long
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2008, 01:32:21 am »
ok, and
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Re: The amazing adventures of bootboy : The 7 Foot Longbow Build-a-long
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2008, 01:38:06 am »
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Re: The amazing adventures of bootboy : The 7 Foot Longbow Build-a-long
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2008, 01:53:53 am »
ok ok enough of the tools right?
So I layed out the centerline and then the handle.
Then I will measure out the full limb measurments. After ward, I will being working it down with Mr. Hetti and Sir stanley

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Re: The amazing adventures of bootboy : The 7 Foot Longbow Build-a-long
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2008, 10:46:08 am »
If I may suggest...leave the handle area full width and thickness until the bow is almost completed. This will give you a place to clamp it while working on the limbs and you can make final adjustments if the handle area comes out off center.  ;)   Pat
Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes!    Pat Brennan  Brevard, NC