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Offline PaSteve

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Fumed Osage Selfbow
« on: March 05, 2020, 07:47:58 pm »
   This was my first attempt at fuming an osage bow. Many thanks to Simon and Leonwood for their advice on the fuming process. The bow was fumed for 6 days with 10% ammonia I purchased at the local hardware store.
   Last year my brother and I planned a Quebec spring bear hunt for June of this year to celebrate his retirement from the working world. Since this is going to be a special hunt I wanted to make a "special" bow for our adventure. I picked out an osage stave from Texas that was cut in 2015. This stave had a perfect wiggle about midway that would allow for an "almost" center shot bow. After laying out the bow I realized the top limb was going to be 1 1/2" longer than the bottom limb in order to locate the arrow pass at the wiggle. I glued up some purpleheart and yellowheart on the handle to give me the depth for a contoured grip. All corrections and reflex were done with dry heat.
   After tillering and 10 days worth of shooting in the bow I was thinking I wanted to darken the bow but didn't want to use a dye or stain. I decided on fuming. The fume produced a rich brown color with black grain highlights. I am very happy with the results.
   The tip overlays are purpleheart and spalted maple. Following Simon's advice, nock overlays and handle were glued using a two part epoxy so the fume process wouldn't have any adverse effect on the glue. Grip is burgundy dyed elk leather stitched with kangaroo lace. Arrow rest is cork and side plate arrow pass is dyed beavertail. Bow is finished with 8 coats of tru oil then polished to a satin sheen with pumice.
Thanks for looking.   
   Specs:
             51# @ 26"
             61" ntn
             1 7/16" wide at fades
             7/16' nocks
             Asymmetrical
             8 strand 8190 F string
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Offline PaSteve

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Re: Fumed Osage Selfbow
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2020, 07:52:22 pm »
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Re: Fumed Osage Selfbow
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2020, 07:55:38 pm »
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Offline bjrogg

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Re: Fumed Osage Selfbow
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2020, 08:14:47 pm »
Beautiful Steve. Very nice bow.
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Offline Swampman

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Re: Fumed Osage Selfbow
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2020, 08:20:45 pm »
Beautiful bow.  Very nice job!

Offline HH~

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Re: Fumed Osage Selfbow
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2020, 08:49:56 pm »
Awesome steve.
I bet that shoots “Hey diddle diddle strait up the middle”!

That’s a meat bow if i ever saw one. Find that sleepy bruin and put one right in the sweet spot. Bear sausage is the best.

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Re: Fumed Osage Selfbow
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2020, 07:33:48 am »
Allright! That worked out great! Really nice bow with that centershot wiggle. And good luck with that adventure, sounds like fun!

Offline rps3

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Re: Fumed Osage Selfbow
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2020, 08:37:48 am »
Very nice bow...good luck hunting with it.

Offline Yellowstave

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Re: Fumed Osage Selfbow
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2020, 11:42:01 am »
I'm gonna have to get aome ammonia. That thing is sexy.

Offline Will B

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Re: Fumed Osage Selfbow
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2020, 12:26:17 pm »
Great looking bow! Good luck with those bears!

Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: Fumed Osage Selfbow
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2020, 12:29:58 pm »
Very nice!  Good luck on the hunt!
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Offline M2A

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Re: Fumed Osage Selfbow
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2020, 05:31:56 pm »
Nice job laying that bow out to get it "center shot". Looks like an awesome shooter. Fuming sure does make osage look good. Good luck on your hunt.
Mike

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Re: Fumed Osage Selfbow
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2020, 07:04:40 pm »
Nice character in that bow. Very well done
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Offline BowEd

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Re: Fumed Osage Selfbow
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2020, 07:31:06 pm »
That bow turned out very fine for you working the wiggle to the arrow pass.Like the resting profile too.Good luck getting a blackie.
« Last Edit: April 03, 2020, 09:19:23 am by BowEd »
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Offline PaSteve

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Re: Fumed Osage Selfbow
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2020, 08:02:48 pm »
Thanks for the compliments guys. It's much appreciated.
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