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Offline upstatenybowyer

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wrap or no wrap
« on: November 21, 2017, 03:39:05 pm »
Just wondering your personal opinion. I usually wrap a handle, but I'm having second thoughts about this one. It doesn't bend, believe it or not, and it fits so nice in the hand as is. It does look a little naked though...

What do you think?
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Re: wrap or no wrap
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2017, 06:25:27 pm »
I wrap mine almost always.   Every now and then I'll make one that needs to be left naked to show off the curves  ;D
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Re: wrap or no wrap
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2017, 03:46:20 am »
I personally like mine naked. I think I've only wrapped one. So my vote is unwrapped.👍
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Re: wrap or no wrap
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2017, 03:54:01 am »
Unless it is shaped in a way to hold my hand solidly, it gets leather. Get your hands wet and latch unto that grip. I bet it slides all 0ver like a greased pig.
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Re: wrap or no wrap
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2017, 04:28:03 am »
I've always wrapped handles. I build all my bows to be hunting bows and a slick handle could slip at the most inappropriate time. There are many choices for wraps from leather to caning to cordage. Pick one that fits the look of the bow.
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Re: wrap or no wrap
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2017, 04:34:52 am »
For a hunting bow, looks dont matter. Function does. I wrap mine with cordage because it helps keep my hand grip warm in the cold.
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Re: wrap or no wrap
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2017, 04:50:59 am »
I need to take a "junker" off the rack and try my hand at stippling. I think stippling or checkering not only would work just fine, but look great.
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Re: wrap or no wrap
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2017, 05:06:38 am »
Jeff....Handles are a personal thing.It's a stick and looks cool looking like one.Whatever suits you is fine with me.The bow looks great with all the wiggles in it.
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Re: wrap or no wrap
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2017, 07:28:36 am »
Unless it is shaped in a way to hold my hand solidly, it gets leather. Get your hands wet and latch unto that grip. I bet it slides all 0ver like a greased pig.

I shape my handles so my pressure point is where my thumb and index finger meet. I can shoot my bow making a ok sign. When I draw it I wouldn't even have to wrap my fingers around handle but I do to keep it from falling out after shot. With bare hands I've never felt a grip problem but it could be a problem with gloves although I've shot a fair amount practicing with them to. Guess I agree with Ed. I think handles are a personal thing and when I make someone a bow I always let them test fit it and see what they like.
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Re: wrap or no wrap
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2017, 08:25:08 am »
On Yew bows I usually leave them naked cause the wood looks so cool. My main use for a covering has been to hide a splice I'm not proud off. If I get a good glue line on a splice I leave it naked to show off the splice. On my last bow I used a suede wrap and found that I really liked it so I may do that more often. Yours does look a bit too naked for some reason. Maybe just a thread wrap at the top and bottom of the handle area would help. Sometimes a bikini is sexier than stark nekid.
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Offline upstatenybowyer

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Re: wrap or no wrap
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2017, 09:52:29 am »
This is interesting.  :D Greased pigs, bikinis...  :laugh:

You're right about it being a personal affair Ed. I guess I'm still figuring out what I like. Clint got me to see the value in having a nice groove at that spot where the thumb meets the index, like Don is saying.

I agree with you DC that this one might look sexier with a little thread wrap. Thanks for confirming that for me.  ;)

P.S. Your handles are always easy on the eyes BJ, I'm going back to look more closely at some of your bows.  (-S
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2017, 10:19:29 am »
A Strunk style wrap without the leather looks good and works good.
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Offline upstatenybowyer

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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2017, 02:09:44 pm »
A Strunk style wrap without the leather looks good and works good.

Yes, and it has that bikini/thong look for sure  :OK
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Re: wrap or no wrap
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2017, 02:59:39 pm »
A Strunk style wrap without the leather looks good and works good.

Yes, and it has that bikini/thong look for sure  :OK

Alway nice to leave a little bit to the imagination 👍
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Offline JEB

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Re: wrap or no wrap
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2017, 04:33:29 am »
 I like a self bow with a leather grip as it helps with slipping and it allows me to add a rest.  Don't think I could shoot off my knuckle.

I have been shooting a bow for 60 years and have close to 50 bows in the basement and most factory bows do not have a leather wrap.  When I use one of them I take electrical tape and wrap the handle with the tape backwards (sticky side out) so I can grip it with out the bow twisting in my hand.  I hunt with either one of my self bows when using stone heads or a 69 Kodiak Hunter. When using the K.H. I wrap the handle as described with tape as I always wear gloves when I hunt and the bow can really slip around.

Obviously it is a personal choice but since you asked, I would wrap the handle and put a rest on it.

Great looking bow, nice job.