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Offline Mo_coon-catcher

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Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2018, 01:43:42 pm »
Beautiful bow! Great finish work and wood choices on the handle. The profile and tiller look great too.

Kyle

Offline upstatenybowyer

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Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2018, 04:38:51 pm »
Killer. Way to go with that one!
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Offline selfbow joe

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Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2018, 05:01:18 pm »
Beautiful bow

Offline Stoner

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Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2018, 07:09:25 pm »
Great Craftsmanship. John

Offline rps3

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Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2018, 07:20:18 pm »
Count me in as an admirer of that bow, I really like the colors.

Offline Bayou Ben

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Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2018, 09:12:57 am »
Excellent Bow!  Love the tiller and the colors. 
This is my 1st post here, but I've been stalking this site for a year now, and building bows for 2 years. 
If you don't mind me asking, how did you get the ipe to bend in the handle area? 

Offline pnwarcher

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Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2018, 10:19:41 am »
Excellent Bow!  Love the tiller and the colors. 
This is my 1st post here, but I've been stalking this site for a year now, and building bows for 2 years. 
If you don't mind me asking, how did you get the ipe to bend in the handle area?
Welcome to PA, Ben!
Believe it or not, the two pieces of ipe in the handle area (along with the maple and bamboo) were flat pieces I clamped into a curve during glue up. No steam or heat required. I cut a matching curve into the cocobolo since it was too thick to bend.

Offline Bayou Ben

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Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2018, 10:50:40 am »
Thanks pwnarcher.
I can't get thick ipe to bend for me at all (like close to 1/2").  So it's just a curved form that you clamped it to during glue up.  I would love to see a pic of your form if it's not too much trouble. 

Offline Msturm

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Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2018, 11:32:38 am »
That is a stunning bow. Really well done.

Offline pnwarcher

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Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2018, 11:49:24 am »
Thanks pwnarcher.
I can't get thick ipe to bend for me at all (like close to 1/2").  So it's just a curved form that you clamped it to during glue up.  I would love to see a pic of your form if it's not too much trouble.
Here is the form I used. It's very crude, just a 2x12 pine board cut on a bandsaw with a bunch of ~2" holes drilled in it for clamping. (The thing it's sitting on is not part of the form. That's a raised bed for the garden this spring.) I used 4 C-clamps on the handle section. Clamp the center and then slowly crank down the outer 2. The thickest single piece of ipe is 3/8" thick, which is about as thick as I think is possible to bend to that radius. There is an extra 1/8" ipe piece in the thick section, with a virtually invisible ipe-to-ipe glue line.


Offline Bayou Ben

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Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
« Reply #25 on: March 15, 2018, 12:26:26 pm »
Awesome! You have answered all of my questions.  Your form is more advanced than what I use, and I like it. 
Great job on the bow, and thanks for the ideas....I just had to know how you got the ipe to move that much.

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Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
« Reply #26 on: March 16, 2018, 12:03:10 am »
That looks absolutely first class mate. Nice one!  :)
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Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
« Reply #27 on: March 16, 2018, 05:13:35 am »
Really pretty! And looks soooo smooth to shoot

Offline M2A

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Re: Bamboo-Backed Ipe R/D
« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2018, 05:26:25 am »
Wow. I agree, if you have wood like that on your handle you have to show it off. Great looking bow! I bet it shoots great too. Mike