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Offline missilemaster

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buckthorn bow
« on: November 27, 2011, 05:00:01 pm »
Hi all, Here is a bow I finished up a little bit ago. It is made of European Buckthorn, (Rhamnus cathartica), an introduced, invasive tree that grows like a weed in the mid west. I have made 3 bows from this wood so far and it has suprised me. It is very good in tensile strength. Compression strength seems to vary from tree to tree but so far no frets. It has a thin cream colored sapwood and a beautiful redish- orange to yellow heartwood, not unlike yew. Buckthorn is small diameter and twisted so finding usable staves is difficult. A word of clarity here; Buckthorn is NOT the same as Cascara, which grows in the pacific north west. Same Genus, different species. About the bow;63" ntn, 53# @ 28",1 1/8" at handle flaring to 1 1/4" at mid limb then tapering to 1/2" nocks. I honestly did not expect this bow to survive past tillering due to some imperfections on the back and a thin growth ring on the back but buckthorn is an amazing wood!The stave started out with about 4 1/2" of reflex and kept 2 1/2" of it. It is a smooth drawing fast shooting bow. Finished with tru oil and past wax. Thanks for looking.
                                                             God bless, Cody
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Offline missilemaster

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Re: buckthorn bow
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2011, 05:09:55 pm »
more pics.
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Offline Ifrit617

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Re: buckthorn bow
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2011, 05:12:30 pm »
Man I really like that one.. Especially those tips! plus the knotty back... Heck I like the whole thing! >:D good job on a tough stave.

Jon
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Offline Gordon

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Re: buckthorn bow
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2011, 05:14:17 pm »
That bow turned out surprisingly well considering all the character issues.
Gordon

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Re: buckthorn bow
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2011, 05:26:23 pm »
Wow, that is one sweet bow! Good job.

Offline PEARL DRUMS

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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2011, 05:34:50 pm »
Love that reflex it holds, cool finish detail as well.
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Offline johnston

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Re: buckthorn bow
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2011, 05:44:15 pm »
Really like that. You do pretty work.

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Offline coaster500

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Re: buckthorn bow
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2011, 05:52:03 pm »
What a great bow!!  2 1/2"s of reflex I bet it shoots quick. It does look allot like yew in color. That back is just awesome  to look at, GREAT WORK!!
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Offline Cameroo

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Re: buckthorn bow
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2011, 06:01:29 pm »
Nicely done!

Offline Keenan

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Re: buckthorn bow
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2011, 06:49:42 pm »
Cody, I was more then impressed with your skills as a bowyer when I first met you at the Classic. Your skills continue to shine through your work. That is another very impressive bow. Love the character and your detail work on those tips, is excellent! Well done Cody.
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Offline tattoo dave

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Re: buckthorn bow
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2011, 06:52:05 pm »
Sweet bow Cody! turned out awesome.

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Offline tetaxidermy

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Re: buckthorn bow
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2011, 07:06:25 pm »
Just plain cool, you say that stuff grows in the midwest going to keep my eyes peeled for some.
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Offline Sidewinder

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Re: buckthorn bow
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2011, 07:47:56 pm »
Cody, very impressive bow. The reflex is insane and I love the back.   Danny
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Offline ErictheViking

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Re: buckthorn bow
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2011, 08:39:02 pm »
Great job on a bumpy backed stave. love the tips.
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Re: buckthorn bow
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2011, 11:30:45 pm »
Nice Job!
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