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Offline PaSteve

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Sinew Backed Osage Recurve
« on: February 25, 2022, 11:27:18 am »
    This bow came from a shorter very clean osage stave. I decided to make a sinew backed osage recurve and dress it up with some copperhead skins. Recurves were boiled and bent over a form. Deflex was done with dry heat. Three courses of sinew were applied with hide glue in three stages, waiting 2 weeks between each application. The recurves were tied and tightened as the sinew dried. Since the stave was not very deep, I built the handle up with hickory, jatoba, birch, and redheart I had left over from previous projects.
     After final tillering and shooting in the bow I applied copper head skins for aesthetics, and protection for the sinew. I painted the curves on the back of the bow and drew deer hoof prints. (My painting and drawing skills could definitely use some attention) A thread wrap was added to the skin/ sinew transition. Nock overlays are a combo of buffalo and kudu horn. Handle wrap is dyed goat leather with kangaroo lace. The bow is 57" and 48# @ 26". A comfortable weight for hunting deer and black bear.
     Trying to get pictures outside was quite challenging as the skins blended so well with the wintertime surroundings. Thanks for looking.IMG_20220220_144148 by sw archer13, on IMG_20220220_143708 by sw archer13, on FlickrFlickrIMG_20220220_144021 (1) by sw archer13, on FlickrIMG_20220220_143735 by sw archer13, on Flickr
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Re: Sinew Backed Osage Recurve
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2022, 11:32:31 am »
"It seems so much more obvious with bows than with other matters, that we are the guardians of the prize we seek." Dean Torges

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Re: Sinew Backed Osage Recurve
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2022, 11:35:25 am »
One moreIMG_20220221_162820 by sw archer13, on Flickr
"It seems so much more obvious with bows than with other matters, that we are the guardians of the prize we seek." Dean Torges

Offline Bob Barnes

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Re: Sinew Backed Osage Recurve
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2022, 11:40:16 am »
What's not to like about that deer killer !  It looks like a sure thing for a BOM to me...  :OK
Seems like common sense isn't very common any more...

Offline Will B

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Re: Sinew Backed Osage Recurve
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2022, 12:01:35 pm »
Beautiful bow in every aspect Steve. That should make you an awesome hunting bow. Great job!

Offline rps3

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Re: Sinew Backed Osage Recurve
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2022, 12:07:21 pm »
Very nice.

Offline Pat B

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Re: Sinew Backed Osage Recurve
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2022, 12:26:11 pm »
What a real beauty! Everything about it is right on.  8)  :OK
Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes!    Pat Brennan  Brevard, NC

Offline bassman211

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Re: Sinew Backed Osage Recurve
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2022, 12:43:39 pm »
Steve good for you. Nice bend with lots of bling. Good length,and the right poundage. (-S (SH)

Offline wooddamon1

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Re: Sinew Backed Osage Recurve
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2022, 01:24:21 pm »
Wow! Very nice!

Offline Kidder

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Re: Sinew Backed Osage Recurve
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2022, 01:40:43 pm »
That is an absolutely stunning bow Steve! Iím working on a similar design currently but there is little hope of achieving this level of awesome!

Offline TimBo

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Re: Sinew Backed Osage Recurve
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2022, 02:28:11 pm »
That is a really sweet bow.

Offline Stixnstones

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Re: Sinew Backed Osage Recurve
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2022, 05:33:36 pm »
Wow! You went above and beyond with this build. Just a truly beautiful bow, congrats....

Offline bentstick54

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Re: Sinew Backed Osage Recurve
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2022, 07:23:58 pm »
Wow, thatís a real piece of functional working art. Fantastic looking bow.

Offline Selfbowman

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Re: Sinew Backed Osage Recurve
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2022, 08:11:21 pm »
What's not to like about that deer killer !  It looks like a sure thing for a BOM to me...  :OK

Yep Iíd say so well done!!!
Well I'll say!!  Osage is king!!

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Re: Sinew Backed Osage Recurve
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2022, 09:02:23 pm »
It's beautiful
In the woods I find my peace