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Offline Fox

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Re: 2021 Bow Trade - build in progress
« Reply #300 on: August 09, 2021, 10:24:59 pm »
Dang... looks like I best stop messing around with pelts and get back in the woodshop! I don't know what to do about my humidity problem... maybe I'm going to have to build a proper hot box..

What about your solar kiln, how well does it work? how do you build one?


The solar kiln works alright.. it gets up to around 140 degrees on a hot sunny day, but there's not any airflow... I might be able to do something to get it to work a bit better. It does a pretty good job though when the weather is right... The problem is, is that the weather has to be right ;D
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« Reply #301 on: August 10, 2021, 07:03:45 pm »
Had to travel for a couple of weeks, so I took the opportunity to apply rawhide to the back of my crepe myrtle bow so it could cure while I was away.  I put it in the basement by a dehumidifier and it dried out nicely.  Got her bandages off today and on to final tillering.  (I left some wiggle-room weight in case the backing changed the tiller.)  The backing came out pretty well ó better than my previous attempts, anyway.

This white wood is begging for a dye job, so I think Iíll oblige.


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« Reply #302 on: August 12, 2021, 01:47:48 am »
beautiful :)
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Offline stuckinthemud

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« Reply #303 on: August 12, 2021, 12:56:01 pm »
Went to a small estate in mid Wales today, came back with 2 yew staves and 1 of box (buxus semp).  Better, the small yew (57" length) was cut in December and hung up in the tree, so off the ground.  Could make a wicked D-bow.  Plan c is sorted then.


Offline Jakesnyder

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« Reply #304 on: August 13, 2021, 06:35:58 pm »
Got the bow finished up. Shoots great! Holds about 1/2" of reflex.

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« Reply #305 on: August 19, 2021, 01:59:42 am »
So guys another month has gone by. Weíve had some good progress and some promises for pictures, some fulfilled and others not. Some really nice bows coming out from what Iíve seen though! Either way I wanted to post a list of finished bows that have been posted. So far we have finished bows from myself, Flntknp17, Mafort, simk, jake snyder, and pasteve. But I havenít seen flntknp17 or Mafortís bow pics posted though but I have put my hands on flntknp17ís trade bow so I know it exists! Is there anyone else that is finished? Secondly, how are the reserve bows coming? Weíve got Deerhunter21, mafort, and TimothyR doing reserves and Iím hoping we can get a trade going with the reserves as well, especially for Deerhunter21 as heís only building a reserve. Keep up the great work guys!

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Re: 2021 Bow Trade - build in progress
« Reply #306 on: August 19, 2021, 03:04:24 pm »
Super cool Jake

Offline Tradcraftsman

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Re: 2021 Bow Trade - build in progress
« Reply #307 on: August 19, 2021, 07:12:36 pm »
Mine is drying out for the next week and a half, and then I will seal it and shoot it in.

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« Reply #308 on: August 19, 2021, 09:07:54 pm »
Okay, I heat treated, straightened, and added 2" of reflex to my second bow, we'll see if I like this bow better than the first walnut one, which I think is awesome but a little underweight. this hickory piece is promising, we'll see how it turns out :)

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« Reply #309 on: August 21, 2021, 03:07:32 pm »
I'm calling her done.  64" rawhide-backed crape myrtle 3-piece takedown with a mahogany into black dye job, purpleheart overlays, goatskin handle wrap, triggerfish skin strike plate.  As I expected with this wood, it took a wee bit of set, but I mostly offset that with some gently flipped tips.  40# @ 24".  (Please excuse my form; I canít do lefty worth a dang.)















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Re: 2021 Bow Trade - build in progress
« Reply #310 on: August 21, 2021, 05:57:48 pm »
That is stunning stickhead! Iíll mark you ready and as we get closer to the deadline Iíll assess where everyone is and start making the shipping calls.

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« Reply #311 on: August 21, 2021, 07:04:45 pm »
I'm still here, had hoped to be done by now but life got in the way, should have plans b and c done by mid September so am behind where I want to be but still OK for final deadline

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« Reply #312 on: August 22, 2021, 01:19:15 am »
That is stunning stickhead! Iíll mark you ready and as we get closer to the deadline Iíll assess where everyone is and start making the shipping calls.

What he said!  Where is the jaw on the floor emoji?!

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« Reply #313 on: August 23, 2021, 03:28:57 pm »
Sneak peek, osage and bamboo. I'm still working g on several bows but for now this is probably going to be the one.
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Re: 2021 Bow Trade - build in progress
« Reply #314 on: August 25, 2021, 03:37:11 pm »
Plan c is becoming plan a. Really like this stick.


Two or three heat treatments in, deflexed is down to 2 inches from 4, thickness is 21mm all through.  I think I'll start reducing thickness next it'll make the next heat corrections easier