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Offline Luke Vander Vennen

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The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« on: January 10, 2006, 05:12:00 PM »
What a beautfiul site, my basement floor covered in golden shavings             :)             . My latest project is my first osage bow, and definitely not my last. The osage was a gift from Big Dog (thanks again Cary, I'll find a way to repay you) in the form of two billets. What with my bandsaw down for the count for the last little bit, they lay to the side and I never got a chance to splice them together and get cracking. To my delight however, I discovered that my neighbors have a bandsaw. And so, with a little sweet talking and a lot more practice cuts, orange dust was in the air - and in more ways than one. The cuts were not perfect, probably not even good, but the billets fit together, and that was all I was asking for. The billets were only about 3/4 of inch thick at the handle area, so I had to glue on a handle. I put in some purpleheart, mahogany and some kind of red veneer (maybe rosewood). Here's a pic after a bit of rasping. The glue is from the drying overlays.
           
What with the cuts being what they were, the glue lines on the back of the bow, weren't looking all that pretty, so I glued on an overlay of that red wood and some purpleheart. Here's a pic right out of the clamps. I let the glue dry a full 48 hours, but it was in my cold basement, so that slowed the drying process a lot. I don't have any pictures of the bow without glue everywhere, but hopefully will tomorrow, if not tonight. It's drying of the woodstove right now.
           
Almost forgot, this bow is 63 1/2 inches ntn with asymetrical limbs. 1 1/4 at the widest until 15 inches from the tip, tapering out to 3/8  tips. Aiming for 50@29. This is uneven lmb length thinger is another first for me, so it'll be an adventure.  

This is the hardcore crunch time at school, so this will probably take a fair amount of time to complete. I've got boat loads of homework every night as well as several other commitments, so I can only work on the bow during rare down time.


             :bigsmyl:
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Offline Aaron Proffitt 2

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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2006, 05:21:00 PM »
well,well, Nicely done ,Luke.   :thumbsup:

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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2006, 05:24:00 PM »
Get that homework done buy,,we can wait    :readit:
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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2006, 05:27:00 PM »
Luke I'll keep up with this one.  Study hard and work on the bow when your brain gets too full.

Charlie
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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2006, 06:37:00 PM »
Start sending that homework out to us. We'll do it so you can finish that bow.  :bigsmyl:

Offline Luke Vander Vennen

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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2006, 06:44:00 PM »
Is that an offer?  :bigsmyl:  


did a bit of rasping, hopefully an update is coming sometime soon.
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Offline Luke Vander Vennen

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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2006, 07:38:00 PM »
After a bit of drying over a hot woodstove, I did some work on the handle. Looking a lot better now   :)  

 
 
 


now for making it bend   :)
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Offline Tim Clark

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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2006, 07:40:00 PM »
heydeerman, we want Luke to finish high school, not to BE "finished" in high school! Heck, we don't want him turning out like US, do we?!?!?!

...oh wait, he already IS!!!  :smileystooges:  

sorry, Luke... but hey, look at the results!!!

>sniff!< we're so proud!!!!  :D
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Offline Killdeer

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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2006, 07:57:00 PM »
That bow is looking beautiful, Luke! I envy your talent and drive, and mostly, I envy you your woodstove!

Just curious, what are your favorite and least favorite subjects at school?

Do the best you can now, in school, while you are young and strong and know everything. Everything builds on a foundation, so make it the best you can. We don't hang out with no dummies.

Unless they build good bows...   :D  
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And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.

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Offline Luke Vander Vennen

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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2006, 08:08:00 PM »
just for you Killy  ;)  
 

my favorite subject is probably gym, or maybe music, or maybe chemistry. I dunno, they're all fun  :)  . Least farvorite would probably be career studies. 74 minutes of nothing.
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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2006, 08:18:00 PM »
Lemme see, career studies, 74 minutes of...what?? No career studying?? Whatcha gonna  DO , boy?

Thanks, Luke, for the pic. Now I can see how much room it will take in my pick-m-up, and where it is located in the house. Now, can you mapquest your address for me?

  :bigsmyl:  

You know better than that!!
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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2006, 09:10:00 PM »
Luke, I can eat a lot of lunch!

Further, I know the arcane arts of the chainfall, plus am able to harness the power of the wedge, the screw, and the lever. I know "Lefty Lucy and Righty-tighty. Add to this that my job is a physical workout and that I am a mountain-hunting deer-dragger, and I think that if I can get my truck to your house, you owe me some serious food!

And I like expensive eats. So, young man, study hard, and keep your whereabouts a secret!

Killdeer~master of the old age and treachery thing!
Long, long afterward, in an oak I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.

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Offline Luke Vander Vennen

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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2006, 09:57:00 PM »
LOL Killy. You kill me    :)    

Last picture for the day. Not much of an update, just showing where it's at. This limb has about two inches of reflex. Not much bend going on. Yet  :)  
 

hopefully more tomorrow
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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2006, 10:17:00 PM »
Man, that is so impressive! It's looking so good. Just don't turn this one green   ;)  

I really like the look of the handle, though. And the laminations of all the woods make it look pretty sweet. Just wow.

Man, maybe I'll have to get building em' too...

- Taylor

PS: What poundage are you going for on that one? I may have to turn on the arrow making machine again.
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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2006, 10:40:00 PM »
Hey Luke how much homework are you getting done?  "[nope]"  Keep up the good work

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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2006, 12:40:00 AM »
Very nice Luke, watch out on getting it bending to close to the handle area as I noticed in the earlier pic's that you added a back overlay with some ring violation on the osage.  I also noticed the earphones, my 10 and 14 yr old have them glued to they're ears also:)

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Offline Luke Vander Vennen

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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2006, 07:36:00 AM »
LOL Taylor. Oddly enough that bow is slowly fading back to the colour it was suppposed to be. I'm aiming for 50@29. If you want to get into bowmaking, let me know and I'll hook you up with a stave.


Homework?? Ohh yeah....   :readit:  

Thanks for the advice Joe. I see what you're saying, but I think that's just the contrast between the aged wood and the wood that got touched by the rasp. The darker wood has been sitting awhile, and when I cleaned up the ovelays, a very small layer got knocked off, presenting a lighter area.
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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2006, 07:41:00 AM »
Enjoying it Luke, keep her coming. I especially like the shelf.

Kelly, I love my wood stove  :D

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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2006, 08:03:00 AM »
:thumbsup:    :thumbsup:

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Re: The Beauty of Osage... Buildalong *finishing up tiller*
« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2006, 08:06:00 AM »
Killy, you get the stove, I get the hardwood floor.    :bigsmyl:    Concrete slabs are sooo cold; in more ways than one.

Looking good Luke.   :thumbsup:   You've got a "cool hand".    :D

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