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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #40 on: March 11, 2008, 12:40:00 PM »
Great job so far; keep it comming. I'm really enjoying this.
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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #41 on: March 11, 2008, 01:26:00 PM »
Thank you, both, for reading and for your kind comments. i really enjoy reporting on it.
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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #42 on: March 11, 2008, 02:49:00 PM »
Looking good Bernie. Cannot wait to see your bow when it is finished.    :clapper:

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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #43 on: March 23, 2008, 10:26:00 PM »
Well I did get to go over and Work on my Osage Bow today for a few hours but again I'd like to show you the progress Mike has made on his real snaky stave that i showed you at the begining of this thread. He is pretty much at the point I am on mine (or a little further) but close to floor tillering. In this pic you can really see the character running rampant in this osage and the three (count 'em three) knots that come all the way through (holes) - small one near the top, large one in the center, and medium near the bottom. It is a beaut though and I'll bet is going to be a fine shooter in the end.

 

Now back to my First Osage Self Bow. Today, using Sure Forms (flat and curved), 4 in Hand File, Draw knife (as scraper), and Ka-Bar, (as scraper) itook the sides of my stave into the outlines of the Bow shape I am looking for. Here is a couple of pics (not much difference in them - except the flash spot) of how the stave has (perhaps miraculously) turned into a Bow Shape. Now the bow is ready for belly wood removal to get it bending for Floor Tillering - next session. I really enjoyed this session too, BTW - most satisfactory use of tools and results.

 

 
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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #44 on: March 24, 2008, 06:29:00 AM »
Look'n'good Bernie.   :thumbsup:  I'll have to check in more often.
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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #45 on: March 24, 2008, 06:31:00 AM »
Lookin great! I'll be following along till the end    :clapper:
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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #46 on: March 24, 2008, 08:40:00 AM »
Thanks, Linc and T.J. I think (hope) changes will start coming pretty fast now, if all goes well. It's all interesting and exciting to this ol' hoss but it is really getting more so now - LOL.
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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #47 on: March 24, 2008, 10:31:00 AM »
Great stuff Bernie. Now the real fun begins.
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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #48 on: March 24, 2008, 01:59:00 PM »
A-yuh! (I hope)
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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #49 on: March 24, 2008, 02:06:00 PM »
Very nice Bernie. Don't know how I missed this one before.
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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #50 on: March 24, 2008, 04:41:00 PM »
Go for it Bernie.  :D  One of these days if I find the time I am going to try to build a selfbow that won't hit me on the head.  :bigsmyl:  So far all I have produced is lumps.  :(
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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #51 on: March 24, 2008, 06:21:00 PM »
Bless your heart, James - quit trying to pull them so far, so soon   ;)  

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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #52 on: March 24, 2008, 10:50:00 PM »
Now to play the 'stringed insturment' like a Strativarius.  Scrape a little, bend it some, scrape a little, bend some more, scrape a little, string it.  And so on.  Keep them pics coming.  I love a good string serenade!

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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #53 on: March 25, 2008, 07:44:00 AM »
LOL - nice play on words there, Brett. (I love words, and their uses)
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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #54 on: March 25, 2008, 09:38:00 AM »
Looking good!
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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #55 on: April 07, 2008, 12:24:00 PM »
OK - Onward and upward (I hope). Mike and I were finally able to get together at his shop again, yesterday afternoon. the plan of the day was to take belly wood off the limbs of my Osage self bow to try to get the limbs bending for a suitable floor tiller. I used my draw knife but more often as a scraper than as a draw knife. I was haveing to be careful that I paid attention to following the caracter "whoopties", in regards to consistant thickness. It was a good feeling to find myself becoming more and more comfortable with this process as I progressed. a most enjoyable and productive 4-5 hours. We did get satisfactory floor tiller on both limbs but the bottom limb can stand a little more thickness removal in a couple places before we move on to tree tillering. Baisically just refinement though.

Working it out - first (presumably upper) limb:

 

Bow switched around in vise to start on second limb:

 

A pic down the length of the first limb, after floor tillering:

 

This pic taken at some point during the floor tillering. I couldn't bend it quite as well as Mike could when he tried it. He figured we are probably at about 60 - 65# ... (at about 20" - LOL) but that's down qite a bit from 100 plus. It's looking more like a bow at every stage.

 

At the end of the floor tillering of both limbs (and the session) I could feel the difference real well and also that both limbs were bending in nice, relatively even curves. We are seeing now that we will have to induce a little more reflex into one of the limbs at some point soon.

After my last sessions posting, one of the folks watching along asked me what stats we were shooting for. I had to admit that, not having a memory for figures and facts, I would have to write them down at the next (this) session. I did that but please remember it's all pretty much only figures to me. I am not into "bow design" (yet anyway, and maybe never - LOL), so don't nail me to the barn door. However for those who like, or can visulize better with, facts and figures. Here is what we are shooting "more or less" towards (depending on "It" being in agreement).

A Sort of Plains/NA Flat Style bow (w/character) 4" Handle (so C bow), w/ about 1 1/2" fades. Limbs are 1 3/8" wide at the fades and tips will be under 5/16" (or close) wide at finish. Most of the width taper will take place in the outer third of the limbs. Tip to tip length is 60 3/4". That's about "It" (the name of the bow - so far because I think it will be - LOL). Thanks for looking.
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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #56 on: April 07, 2008, 01:49:00 PM »
Nice job Bernie! Looking good.
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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #57 on: April 07, 2008, 04:12:00 PM »
Looks good!  ;)   :thumbsup:
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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #58 on: April 07, 2008, 04:19:00 PM »
"It" looks great so far!
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Re: First Osage self Bow (progress) (Finished up 05/12)
« Reply #59 on: April 07, 2008, 04:48:00 PM »
Ya Got Some Fine Work There Bernie!! Great Job!!
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