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Author Topic: Do bows have a soul  (Read 353 times)

Offline LongStick64

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Do bows have a soul
« on: August 31, 2013, 05:44:00 PM »
Holy cow I almost made a huge mistake, HUGE. I was thinking of moving one of my bows and while I had it up for sale, I decided to give it a last farewell shooting.......I swear the bow was out to show me how much it wanted to stay, probably had my best shooting session ever !!! Back on the rack you go.
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Offline BowZen

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2013, 05:52:00 PM »
Sounds like you weren't ready to give her up.

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2013, 05:54:00 PM »
I feel the same way about a 65# Black Widow I took my first trad deer with.  No way should I be shooting anything that heavy anymore, and I've been on the verge of selling, trading, or giving it away several times.  But I always have the worst feeling whenever I start to do anything about it, so it's still on my rack, and probably will stay there until the day I die.
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Offline Alexander Traditional

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2013, 05:54:00 PM »
You did almost make a huge mistake. I know which bow you were talking about and I was looking at it real hard.

Offline dhermon85

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2013, 06:01:00 PM »
Now you should hunt it

Offline mcgroundstalker

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2013, 06:17:00 PM »
Been there, too many times.........

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Offline LongStick64

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2013, 06:18:00 PM »
You can bet I will hunt with it, I don't want to be haunted by it next.
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Offline jsweka

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2013, 08:01:00 PM »
They may not have a soul, but they do get jealous when you flirt with others.
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Offline ron w

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2013, 08:41:00 PM »
Soul?... maybe not but sometimes you just know that you belong together in the big woods.
In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's there are few...So the most difficult thing is always to keep your beginner's mind...This is also the real secret of the arts: always be a beginner.  Shunryu Suzuki

Offline ron w

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2013, 08:48:00 PM »
Soul?... maybe not but sometimes you just know that you belong together in the big woods.
In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's there are few...So the most difficult thing is always to keep your beginner's mind...This is also the real secret of the arts: always be a beginner.  Shunryu Suzuki

Offline Frenchymanny

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2013, 09:21:00 PM »
If it's made by hand, by someone you personally know, one at a time: Yes

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Offline tim roberts

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2013, 09:58:00 PM »
Amen to that Manny!
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Offline halfseminole

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2013, 10:18:00 PM »
Any bow made by hand has one.  Most have tempers and personalities as well.

(Ignore me if you want, I still thank my dinner for its sacrifice.)

Offline nineworlds9

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2013, 10:32:00 PM »
I think any handmade weapon has an energy to it imbued from its maker.  I'm German/ Nordic and my ancestors named their weapons and believed things like that, its in my blood.  

Closest I have come to this is with my Stewart.  I got the bow used, and its the best shooting bow I've ever had, I mean its just a cut above the rest.  Well beginning of this year I commissioned Leon to build me a new set of limbs just how I want them and refinish the riser.  During the wait I sold the old limbs.  Big mistake.  I was haunted by the decision and in the meantime bought so many other bows searching for something to come close to shoot with, only thing that even shoots remotely as well is my Habu, which I bought during the wait, all the while the riser sat there laughing at me.  Thank the almighty that Leon called last week and the new limbs and refinished riser will be arriving this coming week.  It's gonna be a great reunion, and the new limbs will no doubt be as good and even surpass the old ones.  I may be selling a few bows once Brenda, new and improved, comes home Haha.
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Offline cisco 2

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2013, 10:38:00 PM »
Absolutely. They have a soul.
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Offline luvnlongbow

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2013, 12:24:00 AM »
I've let the store bought bows go, but just can't bring myself to get rid of something that a person made for me. Yes I think a bow has a soul or an energy that is created when a craftsman puts their all into creating a functional tool and a piece of art.

Offline Deeter

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2013, 05:18:00 AM »
Bows are to me are kinda lime that old single shot shot gun my grandaddy gave me.  Every little scratch, ding, nich tells a story.  There is always somthing about it you may not know what it is but it just tells you to hang on to it.
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Offline Bowjunkie

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2013, 06:00:00 AM »
Yeah, as much as I like them, name them, feel connected to some of them, I'm gonna have to go with a 'no' on that one... no souls in bows... or anywhere else for that matter.

Offline Can Hahaka

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2013, 09:24:00 AM »
Hell yes! If I don't treat it right it shoots high and to the right!
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Offline ISP 5353

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Re: Do bows have a soul
« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2013, 09:31:00 AM »
It is funny how a shooter can bond with certian bows.  Manny makes a great point.  The four bows that I keep and really enjoy are each hand made by a person that I know.  I have owned and shot other bows that just did not speak to me in any way.

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