Bamboo backed Osage

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Bamboo backed Osage

#1 Post by warild_make » Mon Apr 05, 2021 4:53 pm

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spent a couple hours today tillering my first Bow.

66" Bamboo Backed Osage
40# (approx) @28
Although I built in some reflex it did take on some string follow

Need to finish up the aesthetics, handle was only roughed in, going for a Howard Hill style grip. Not sure if I'll add tip overlays.

Also waiting on my spool of string material so I can make up a Flemish twist and finally shoot the thing!

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Re: Bamboo backed Osage

#2 Post by Bill » Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:43 am

Hello warild make I'm no expert but that is a very interesting looking bow
Nice bend.
The details about it sound great.
Hope it brings you alot of enjoyment.

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#3 Post by Stickbow Hunter » Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:36 am

That is looking good; I hope you get many hours of enjoyment shooting it. You'll have to show us some detail photos when you finish it.


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#4 Post by greybeard » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:12 am

The tiller is nice and symmetrical, well done.
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You will notice in the photo that the limb tip to string angle is almost 90 ̊. If the bow is drawn past this point the bow will start to go into stack.

Longer fadeouts may help de stress this area of the limbs. From watching YouTube bow making videos it would appear that the Americans like short fadeout areas.

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