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Offline Eric Krewson

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Never give up on a stave or billets
« on: August 31, 2008, 11:44:00 AM »
I posted this on another site but thought it might be of intrest to some here.

I have a bunch of less than stellar osage, great rings but firewood to most people. I tried to sell four billets of this osage for $35 and had no takers, thought about giving it away but ended up stacking it up in the corner of my shop for 5 years.

I developed a lot more bow making skills over the years and decided to chase a grain on one of the billets just to see what was under the bark. Eureka! Snakey wood! I chased a grain on two of the billets and got out my heat gun.

Here is what I started out with, dogleg and lots of propeller.

 

After two weeks of heating and straightening I finally got a center line lined up.

 

The finished result, never give up.

 

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Re: Never give up on a stave or billets
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2008, 11:55:00 AM »
Eric, your skills amaze me. Talk about making a silk purse!! The reflex BBO you made up for me I think five years ago still Is not showing any string follow. That bow is aging better then I am! LOL
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Re: Never give up on a stave or billets
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2008, 12:14:00 PM »
Nice job Eric, I have a similar stave I have been working on. We shall see if mine turns out as nice as yours.
 
 
 
 
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Re: Never give up on a stave or billets
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2008, 12:41:00 PM »
Nice bow Eric, great rings and clean wood can make up for a lot of other "defects".

Getting a little string follow myself Dano.

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Re: Never give up on a stave or billets
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2008, 09:58:00 PM »
Wow, I really need to try a Osage stave... When I get some money I will. Eric great job so far... I can't wait to see the finished bow.

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Re: Never give up on a stave or billets
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2008, 12:09:00 AM »
oh thats purty!!!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Never give up on a stave or billets
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2008, 02:18:00 PM »
Eric.  I like it. David
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Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: Never give up on a stave or billets
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2008, 08:59:00 AM »
Last coat of finish drying.

 

lettering

 

Handle leather on.

 

Osage burl overlay.

 

And finally, full draw. My wife was a little behind me and the picture got a little of the snake. This made some of the tiller look a little off.

 

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Re: Never give up on a stave or billets
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2008, 10:46:00 AM »
Very nice!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Never give up on a stave or billets
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2008, 09:09:00 PM »
They don't get any better than that, a little time and a lot of patience is all staves like that need. That's what about all of my bows come from because no one else would want them GREAT JOB!

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Re: Never give up on a stave or billets
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2009, 10:08:00 PM »
Theres and old saying.If it's a peice of wood theres a bow in it./That is if you the time and desire to get a bow out of it.
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Re: Never give up on a stave or billets
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2009, 05:42:00 PM »
Awesome bow, Eric. That's a great story. Jawge

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Re: Never give up on a stave or billets
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2009, 09:42:00 PM »
Eric, That's another good looking bow.  Ya done good, real good, once again!
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Re: Never give up on a stave or billets
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2009, 10:14:00 PM »
Eric, that is a great looking bow. I am still working on the stave with all the cracks and trying to find the bow in it. I may need to reduce it one more ring and back it with some wood or bamboo. not sure yet, just taking my time.
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Re: Never give up on a stave or billets
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2009, 11:55:00 PM »
Eric, that's a good lookin bow.
I've been aching to get another stave to work on, but money is tight these days.  If only you were a few states closer, I'd buy one from you for $35.  I was just thinking the other day that we haven't been seeing any osage build alongs lately.  That ache to scrape just won't go away!
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Re: Never give up on a stave or billets
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2009, 11:39:00 PM »
In every peice of wood there's a bow weighting for the right person to let it out.
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