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Old 12-07-2012, 11:32 PM   #11
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Why not just make your own. Osage Orange is the wood you need. Mike

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Making your own sounds nice and all but it's a bit of an advanced project if you want to do it right and have a good shooter.
Osage is a great wood for bows, I'm not sure about recurve limbs. I'm not sure about recurve construction at all. I think you would need to be working with some sort of a composite material to make the thin, light, even limbs that store energy the way you want them to.
Osage would make a good riser, or a good longbow or self wood bow of any sort. Yew is also an excelent wood.
I want to take the bow making class at Pacific Yew some day. You get to come out the other side of the class with a bow you built. I'm thinking sturgeon skin backed would be very cool.

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Why not just make your own. Osage Orange is the wood you need. Mike
Yeah. Make my own bow. "The Indians did it."

That's the phrase that launched a paddle in a canoe from Long Beach to Cat Island, Ms. It's a fricken wonder we weren't washed out into the truly open gulf or flipped over and drowned. The Coast Guard asked us what happened to our boat. They though surely we had sunk a larger sailing vessel and were self rescuing.

I did read however that bois d'arc, horse apple, is also a good wood. We have those around me.

Any tips on this make your own bow idea?
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:18 AM   #14
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Osage is the same wood as hedge or horse apple or bois darc. Bois darc is french for bow is dark and refers to the wood. I have made at least forty bows. Recurves long bows sinew backed snake skin backed . You can easily shape it with heat for recurves. Get the Jim Hamm book Bows and arrows of Native Americans. It is all you need to make first class deadly hunting weight bows. These are not wall hangers I speak of but true meat makers. You see compounders get as far away from the target and try to hit a small dot. Selfbow shooters get as close as we can and the kill something. Look up OJAM on youtube and you can see a free bow building event that happens every spring in OK. I reckon they build a couple hundred in a week end. Mike Smyth

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I'm going to build my own self wood bow sometime.

Maybe a flat bow, maybe a D, but what I want to do is a yew wood Longbow.

Make it about 6' 2" long to make the traditional definition of a longbow.
Maybe sturgeon skin backed.
Probably shoot for about 45 pounds draw so that when it's backed it's near 60.

Go get a bear or elk with it and be happy.

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Okay, that OJAM and self bow thing in general looks cool.

But tonight I'm on ebay. I either need to put the beer or the credit card away.

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Rather than ebay there is cabela's.
Here's one. http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunti...3Bcat103969080

Here's a fred bear longbow from cabela's http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunti...3Bcat103969080

classified adds at stickbow.com http://leatherwall.bowsite.com/tf/lw/CLASSIFIEDS.CFM

Nice used bow http://leatherwall.bowsite.com/tf/lw...l.CFM?id=72169

There are others also, but most of them go up in price from the $300. Some way up.

Don't forget you are going to want wooden arrows and that it's very important to use feathers for fletching rather than the plastic fletch on a compound arrow. You are either shooting off the shelf or off your finger instead of from a separate rest so you need feathers!

Now, I need to quit looking at this thread before I get a wild hair and decide I need another bow!

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Check online for used but don't buy anything sight unseen.

Bob Lee makes a really nice recurve black widow is nice as well. The grips are amazing on the black widows. Striker makes a really nice recurve as well.

Check your local bow shop. If you trade in your bear you might be able to get a better recurve.

3 rivers has a lot of good new bows plus they are a pleasure to do business with.

Learn to bareshaft tune your arrows and learn to make your own strings.

I'd suggest a 50lb @ 28 for deer and hogs. Much more than that will be hard to hold for very long.

Besides a slow bow will kill a deer as well as a fast one. It's how quiet the bow is and the broadhead that makes the difference.

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I'm back and forth now on Martin, Samick, PSE or Bear.

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I'm back and forth now on Martin, Samick, PSE or Bear.
Can't go wrong with Martin or bear in the lower priced decent bows.
Bear is named after Fred Bear and was started by him.
Other than Pope, Young and Howard Hill there are no other name in traditional bow hunting that compare or can even be used in the same sentence.
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