Shop update on a couple English longbows and a flatbow that are near completion. At final tiller - time for final sanding, inlay arrow passes, oil, & leather grips.
Two beautiful bows are the result of the collaboration between Jamie MacDonald (Ravenbeak Natureworks) and Jeremy Humpherville (Coastal Carvings).
Yew wood West Coast paddle bows, painted with West Coast art. The bows have the traditional ridge running along the belly. Both bows have short, sharp recurves - which was commonly found on traditional bows. One has diamond shaped tips, the other funnel (upside down triangle) shaped tips. Both handles are wrapped with brain tanned buckskin (yes, we did the brain tanning too!)
If you'd like to own of these stunning pieces, please contact us to see if they are still available. Bows are $1500 each.
6 bows on the go...all custom work.
2 traditional longbows
1 recurved flatbow
1 snakeskin backed longbow
1 heavy stained flatbow
1 heavy stained longbow
On heavier bows it can be helpful to have a second pair of stringing grooves filed into the nocks. This allows you to use a second string to string the bow - much easier then trying to string a bow using the step through or push/pull method.
Three short videos on some kids bows made from Oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor, also known as creambush or ironwood). Made right from green wood, so they ended up taking quite a bit of set - but this is actually good for the young folks. It makes stringing the bow easy and also if they accidentally dry fire - which is bound to happen - it won't effect the bow as much.