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photo essay featuring Wes Wallace

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S2 Bowstrings 30-Jun-11
S2 Bowstrings 30-Jun-11
juneauhunt 30-Jun-11
Gaur 30-Jun-11
bigB 30-Jun-11
George Tsoukalas 01-Jul-11
John H 01-Jul-11
Elkhuntr 01-Jul-11
E Alexander 01-Jul-11
goldentrout_one 01-Jul-11
goldentrout_one 01-Jul-11
goldentrout_one 01-Jul-11
goldentrout_one 01-Jul-11
S2 Bowstrings 01-Jul-11
Lil' Okie 01-Jul-11
Drew22 01-Jul-11
Recurve Crafter 01-Jul-11
bigB 04-Jul-11
goldentrout_one 05-Jul-11
Fisher 05-Jul-11
TradbowBob 05-Jul-11
Night Wing 05-Jul-11
bigB 08-Jul-11
From: S2 Bowstrings
Date: 30-Jun-11




The guys at KUIU posted a photo essay about Wes Wallace. It's a great feature about a well known bowyer which is found in "The Hunt" on www.kuiu.com

From: S2 Bowstrings
Date: 30-Jun-11




Here's the link http://www.kuiu.com/thehunt/wes-wallace?page=1

From: juneauhunt
Date: 30-Jun-11




Very cool. Wes is undoubtedly an absolute master and I could kick myself for selling my Mentor during a tough time. I'll get another one day.

From: Gaur
Date: 30-Jun-11




thanks enjoyed reading it.

From: bigB
Date: 30-Jun-11




That is cool. I just got my Mentor in April. Great Bow!!

From: George Tsoukalas
Date: 01-Jul-11




Very nice. Jawge

From: John H
Date: 01-Jul-11




Just got my Mentor refinished in May. Wes does nice work.

From: Elkhuntr
Date: 01-Jul-11




i was surprised to see wes offering a shorter length bow. that is good imo. someone had to hold a gun to his head to get him to offer such a bow. as much as anyone, he is an advocate of a long length bow. he refused my order one time when i wanted a longbow less then 66". he said no way, it won't work at my 28" draw. i should have told him i draw 26" instead. :)

From: E Alexander
Date: 01-Jul-11




Nice interview.

From: goldentrout_one
Date: 01-Jul-11




Wow, I'm about 100% certain that the left-handed bow he's holding (the one-piece Mentor with yew limbs) is the bow I just received two months ago! Rosewood riser with shedua accent, gloss finish. That bow is very slick - the best shooter I've ever had. Probably due to the fact it's 64" AMO and it has a relatively heavy riser, but still, you can't argue with results... Very cool, thanks for the link!

From: goldentrout_one
Date: 01-Jul-11




Here's the pic:

[img]http://www.kuiu.com/files/features/big_wes-17.jpg[\img]

From: goldentrout_one
Date: 01-Jul-11




Let's try that again...

[img]http://www.kuiu.com/files/features/big_wes-17.jpg[/img]

From: goldentrout_one
Date: 01-Jul-11




Ok, one last time....

From: S2 Bowstrings
Date: 01-Jul-11




David, That is one sweet looking bow! It's pretty cool that it's yours. I'm glad that you enjoyed the interview.

From: Lil' Okie
Date: 01-Jul-11




Nice Looking bow for sure!

From: Drew22
Date: 01-Jul-11




I'm pretty sure the last photo of the article has my 68" longbow in it with the spalted myrtle veneers. Thanks for the link. Great article.

From: Recurve Crafter Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 01-Jul-11




Very nice article. The pics give the article a real artistic touch.

Beautiful bow he's holding there also. Very classy! You (and he) should be proud of that one. Congrats.

From: bigB
Date: 04-Jul-11




VERY COOL, I just got my Mentor in April, I am going to print off the article to keep. Makes me want to order another one!! Great Bows.

From: goldentrout_one
Date: 05-Jul-11




Just chrono'ed the bow in the pic above - the bow is marked 52 lb at 28", I have a 30" draw length. I fired two 10-shot strings, the first with 2216 arrows (total wt. 563gr) and the second with 2219 arrows (total wt. 612gr). The bow has a 14-strand D-97 Flemish string with a modest application of string silencers. The results are as follows:

2216 arrows:

Avg. 182.8 fps

High: 185.5 fps

Low: 178.7 fps

Sd: 2.0

2219 arrows:

Avg. 177.9 fps

High: 180.7 fps

Low: 175.1 fps

Sd: 1.9

As you can see, the bow smokes a relatively heavy arrow. My only other bow that can drive a 2216 (563gr) over 180 fps is a Grayling Bear Super K, but that bow is marked 60lb @ 28" (however, it has a dacron string). Most of my other 'classic' recurves in the same weight range (50 to 55), with dacron strings, launch the same 2216 anywhere from 168 to 176 on average. In the scheme of things, not that much of a difference. By comparison, my Howard Hill Big 5, marked 50lb at 27", with a 2018 arrow (543gr total weight) and dacron string will average about 165 fps (I probably draw 29" on the Hill, the straight grip necessarily shortens my draw length compared to a recurve). However, the Hill has one advantage over the Wallace - it's dead quiet! The Wallace is a bit noisy, but I guess quieting down a high-performance bow might be a bit tricky. I love that Hill, and my other bows too, but I am more accurate with the Mentor pictured above than I have been with any other bow. And it's my fastest bow, which is just an added bonus (although I should put a dacron string on it for a fair comparison.. next time!).

From: Fisher
Date: 05-Jul-11




That was a nice article about Wes, but they should have inckuded at least one photo showing a flattering view of his entire head and face.

The one photo showing half of his face was odd and disrespectful. They owe him a nice redo and an apology.

He is too good of a guy for such poor photography work.

Best wishes, Fisher

From: TradbowBob
Date: 05-Jul-11

TradbowBob's embedded Photo



I own 4 1/2 of his bows. 2 longbows, a takedown Mentor with 2 sets of limbs, hence the 1/2, and a 1 piece Mentor. I think my one piece is the prettiest thing going.

TBB

From: Night Wing
Date: 05-Jul-11




The photo of the one piece Mentor is a great looking recurve.

From: bigB
Date: 08-Jul-11

bigB's embedded Photo



Here is my Wes Wallace Mentor One piece Mac. Ebony with Bacote limbs and stripe. I love this bow!!





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