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Offline islandpiper

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My First bow, new yesterday
« on: September 11, 2008, 09:23:05 pm »
Everybody needs to find a new pastime occasionally.  I think I have found one here.   Some fellows on another (small boat) forum also build bows.  They warned me......and told me that one would not be enough.   They told me that I'd think about bows at work, and on the drive home.......that I'd have to make a steamer, and a press, and a quiver and arm guard, and learn to make bowstrings.....   Stay away, they said, run while you still can.   

Did I listen?   Yes, for a while.   Then, I HAD TO MAKE A BOW......you all understand. 

Well, I was at Lowes.  Picked out a 1x3 Oak.  Figured I'd make a bow, break it, and get it out of my system. 

I roughed out an outline and sawed it on the band saw.   then penciled a line down the side for the belly cuts.   Sawed them out.   Bent the bow a little, no flex.   Got out my trusty block plane and smooted it all up.   Hmmm......bent a little.    Planed a little more.......and stood in front of the belt sander for a minute.   Wow.......bent nice that time.    Scraped a little, sanded a little, cut grooves for the string.  Made a string out of two lengths of old yellow mason twine. 

OK.......I'm hooked.  The feeling of EMPOWERMENT when i first strung it up and drew it back halfway was amazing.   I was somehow connected to every brave, every warrior, every bowman who had ever drawn a bow.   And, yes, I think you all know that feeling. 

When I can, I'll post a picture or two. 

Thanks to all of you who have gone before me and laid down tracks!

Piper

Offline Dano

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Re: My First bow, new yesterday
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2008, 09:59:08 pm »
Practice this Piper, "Hello, may name is Piper, and I am addicted"  ;D
"If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy."


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Offline 1/2primitive

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Re: My First bow, new yesterday
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2008, 09:59:33 pm »
Welcome to the addiction, but you've already found that out. ;D
I'm looking forward to seeing the bow!
    Sean
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Offline 1/2primitive

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Re: My First bow, new yesterday
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2008, 10:00:46 pm »
And welcome to PA.
     Sean
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Offline cowboy

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Re: My First bow, new yesterday
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2008, 10:14:08 pm »
Your addicted piper - ain't nothin you can do about it ;D. Don't try to fight it - just show lot's of pic's of your projects, everybody needs a helping hand now and then ::) :).
When you come upon a track or trail you do not know, follow it to the point of knowing.

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Re: My First bow, new yesterday
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2008, 10:48:31 pm »
I just started myself and I can't believe how this takes over your every waking moment. I have been planning the next couple of bows while only being about 2/3 way through the first one.

Offline medicinewheel

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Re: My First bow, new yesterday
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2008, 07:32:17 am »
I just started myself and I can't believe how this takes over your every waking moment.  ....

well, as long as it takes over ONLY the waking momemnts it's not REALLY an adiction, yet! - but you'll sure be getting there, don't worry!!  8) 8) 8)

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Offline GregB

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Re: My First bow, new yesterday
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2008, 08:37:55 am »
Most of the guys I work with are into football and other sports which I personally could care less about. They get tired of hearing me talk about making bows and hunting, and I really should give them a break...but I just can't help myself!  ;D
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Offline kayakfisher

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Re: My First bow, new yesterday
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2008, 09:02:33 am »
Welcome to the support group we meet every , wait a minute I mean the forum
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Offline Pappy

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Re: My First bow, new yesterday
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2008, 09:21:22 am »
Welcome Piper,you will like it here.You are right for most of us it is a life long ailment we have learned to deal with. Good luck on your persuit and show us some pictures of what you are working on.We love pictures.  :) ;)
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Offline TRACY

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Re: My First bow, new yesterday
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2008, 10:58:54 am »
Here you go IP. Save yourself  some time and go here and join the rest of us. http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,6591.0.html

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Offline burn em up chuck

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Re: My First bow, new yesterday
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2008, 11:05:32 am »
welcome, nice intro.

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Offline n2everythg

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Re: My First bow, new yesterday
« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2008, 11:20:25 am »
piper....
welcome to the addiction.

those guys were right.... too late to turn back now. you're cooked!

I build a couple wooden boats long ago and loved it... now I dont have the time... too busy building bows and arrows... minds well say good bye to those other folks.

Just kidding. Unfortunately, for most of us, (at least me) I can only have one or 2 time consuming hobbies.
Luck...
and welcome.
wade
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Re: My First bow, new yesterday
« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2008, 01:23:04 pm »
I just started making bows this spring. I am starting a wood and canvas canoe this winter. You can pretty much find any info about bow building on this site. It has become my number one rescource. Can't wait to see the pics.

Offline PeteC

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Re: My First bow, new yesterday
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2008, 11:14:55 am »
I feel for you piper.You'll never look at trees,shrubs with shoots,or cane,the same way again.It's hopeless,but dang fun!!!!             God Bless
What you believe determines how you behave., Pete Clayton, Whitehouse ,Texas