I have a couple days in the shop to build myself a new bow. Crotalus sold a week ago to a nice man from Finland and I have been left without a bow.
This was my chance to build something that I really wanted. To incorporate what I have learned to re create my old bow, but with some touches I had been thinking about.
It is nearly finished, just cycling through coats of oil right now. She is a beauty.
Like Crotalus, it is heavily recurved and dyed british tan. The tip overlays are buffalo horn and the arrow rest is the antler base of a small spike buck I shot with a bow.
Tillered out to 45 lbs at 28 inches and backed with silk and diamond back rattler skins. I am proud to say this is my new bow.
It will be one of my entries into the Sidney fine art show in sept.
We were invited onto the traditional land of the Klahoose to Au' puk' wum (Forbes Bay) in Desolation Sound.
We brought 13 staves, thinking folks could have their pick - but we ended up using them all! A couple people left early, but we managed to get 8 bows done in 2 days. These folks worked harder on their bows then any other group we've had.
They made a good range of bows, from a 20lb. paddle bow to a 65lb. flatbow. We were fed, invited to morning dips in a beautiful river, and our little one made a friend (thanks Darien). We've never taught a workshop in such a beautiful setting and we've marked the calendar for next year, in the hopes that we are invited back.
Here's a link to the write up from Johnny Hanuse: http://www.klahoose.com/go381a/The_Forbes