Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Bodnik longbows

Messages posted to thread:
Tradmike 05-Jan-19
George D. Stout 05-Jan-19
Rough Run 05-Jan-19
Dennis Miller 05-Jan-19
swampwalker 06-Jan-19
azdriheat 06-Jan-19
Codjigger 06-Jan-19
grizz 06-Jan-19
deerhunt51 06-Jan-19
Renegade 06-Jan-19
Riverwolf 06-Jan-19
Stealth2 06-Jan-19
firekeeper 06-Jan-19
grizz 06-Jan-19
Stealth2 06-Jan-19
Stealth2 06-Jan-19
Riverwolf 06-Jan-19
Iwander 06-Jan-19
grizz 06-Jan-19
Iwander 06-Jan-19
azdriheat 06-Jan-19
Iwander 07-Jan-19
Roger Norris 07-Jan-19
YamahaYG68 07-Jan-19
Fletch 10-Jan-19
grizz 10-Jan-19
YamahaYG68 11-Jan-19
YamahaYG68 11-Jan-19
grizz 11-Jan-19
Riverwolf 11-Jan-19
YamahaYG68 11-Jan-19
Riverwolf 11-Jan-19
Uncle Lijiah 11-Jan-19
Riverwolf 11-Jan-19
Uncle Lijiah 11-Jan-19
4t5 12-Jan-19
From: Tradmike
Date: 05-Jan-19




Thinking about getting a longbow. What can u tell me Bodnik longbows?

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Jan-19




http://leatherwall.bowsite.com/TF/lw/searchaction2.cfm

youtube.com also has many videos on Henry's bows. Bodnik is going to be making the new LaClair Shrew as well.

From: Rough Run
Date: 05-Jan-19




I have 2 - 60" Slick Stick, and a 64" Black Forest. Well made, with a matte finish. They are light, solid, and smooth. They have good zip on 9-10.5 gpp arrows. I like them both a lot. Really good production bows.

From: Dennis Miller
Date: 05-Jan-19




I have a 60" Slick Stick and I love it no hand shock.

From: swampwalker
Date: 06-Jan-19




One I shot was extremely light in the hand. Need a bit more weight in the riser.IMO.

From: azdriheat
Date: 06-Jan-19




I have the Bodnik Super Quick Stick, 62” and absolutely love this bow. The workmanship is outstanding. It is very quick and stable. The grip fits my hand perfectly. I have owned many bows ranging from Howard Hills to Blacktails but the Super Quick Stick is my all time favorite.

From: Codjigger
Date: 06-Jan-19




I had a few shots with a quick stick that i sold to a fellow a couple of years ago, it made me wonder.why i ever sold it. Sandy

From: grizz
Date: 06-Jan-19




Great bows, really like my Super Slick Stick. It is very light but I've gotten use to that and now like it. Mine is 58" and I've drawn it to 30 inches with no stack (normally draw a bit over 29), smooth draw, fast and much more accurate than my capabilities.

From: deerhunt51
Date: 06-Jan-19




I have one and like it. My buddy, who makes longbows shot a round of field target with it and was impressed.

From: Renegade
Date: 06-Jan-19




Swampwalker, I totally agree. I got one and gave it away because it was way to light in the hand.

From: Riverwolf
Date: 06-Jan-19




This thread(all threads ;) needs more pics !

;^))

From: Stealth2 Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 06-Jan-19




I thought Jim Belcher was building the latest Shew bows...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zPNYuJDVNs

From: firekeeper
Date: 06-Jan-19




Stealth2, Jim built them for maybe 2 years but Bodnik will be building them as of very recently.

From: grizz
Date: 06-Jan-19

grizz's embedded Photo



Ok Ralph, here's a pic of mine. Bodnik Super Slick Stick, bamboo core, two carbon lams topped off with two bamboo lams and clear glass. And it lives up to its name. Forgot to mention the riser wood is Black Forest Olive.

Looks good, shoots good and excellent craftsmanship. Yes I like it.

From: Stealth2 Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 06-Jan-19




Thank you Firekeeper...I know Belcher builds one heck of a bow

From: Stealth2 Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 06-Jan-19




Thank you Firekeeper...I know Belcher builds one heck of a bow

From: Riverwolf
Date: 06-Jan-19




Good looking Bow grizz !

From: Iwander
Date: 06-Jan-19




Is there any apparent performance difference between the slick and super slick sticks? Steve

From: grizz
Date: 06-Jan-19




Yes. I had two Slick Sticks before this one at heavier poundage and they shot well but can't hold a candle to the Super and it's 5#'s lighter draw weight. But that comes with a price unfortunately:-). I think a couple hundred more.

From: Iwander
Date: 06-Jan-19




Thanks, I've been trying to see who sells the super slick stick and all I come up as is the old original slick sticks. Are they currently advertised on a website?

From: azdriheat
Date: 06-Jan-19




I have the Bodnik Super Quick Stick which I special ordered through Kustom King. It is 62”. I don’t know anything about a 62” Super Slick Stick but If they are available Tim at Kustom King could probably get it for you.

From: Iwander
Date: 07-Jan-19




Thanks for the information I appreciate it. I'm not necessarily planning on ordering one, but I was considering swapping for a regular slick stick. When I heard reference of a fast production bow with a 30-year warranty, my attention got sparked. Steve

From: Roger Norris Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Jan-19




I spent a week with Henry Bodnik up at ShrewHaven, while he was hammering out the final details with Ron LaClair regarding the Shrew bows.

I shot his bows extensively during that week, both his SlickStik's and the Shrew prototypes. What I took from that week is that Henry Bodnik knows how to design a bow. The quality is superb, the bows were all excellent shooters, and easy to quiet (I am weird about bow noise, very picky).

Henry will be in the Shrew booth at Kalamazoo this year, he is an excellent guy to spend some time with.

From: YamahaYG68
Date: 07-Jan-19




I see that Grizz is drawing one to 30"

Is anyone else doing that, and if so, how's it working out?

Where I am, you can't "try before you buy", and with a 30" draw, it would be sad to order one, then find that it didn't work out.

From: Fletch
Date: 10-Jan-19




I have a near 30” draw.

I have a Bearpaw /Bodnik Slick Stick. It is a custom made “ standard” bow. Same simple walnut riser . Same bamboo limbs as the standards. The “ custom” aspect of my Slick Stick is that it is 64” amo., and was draw weight was set at 45#@30”.

I emailed Bearpaw, and asked if this bow could be built, and what the price would be. I received a reply directly from Henry Bodnik, stating “ yes”. I’m not sure if they still will do this, but the price was similar to the standard Slick Stick- I just had to pay freight from Germany ( about $35-40 3-4 years ago).

I coildn’t be happier with the bow. Quick, quiet, smooth drawing to 30”, no hand shock. It’s a great bow. I was VERY satisfied with the customer service from Bearpaw, and particularly with Henry Bodnik getting involved. 30 year warranty too.

You may want to shoot them an email to see if they will still make a 64” Slick Stick.

I came across another post on leatherwall that mentioned a similar 64” amo hybrid long/flatbow made by Timbercreek, called the Cottonmouth 2 ( made in England). Bamboo limbs. Cost is 295 British pounds + about $35 shipping from England ( to Maine). https://www.bing.com/videos/search? q=timber+creek+copperhead+2+bow&&view=detail&mid=9ECD0BE348CDAB0E 95269ECD0BE348CDAB0E9526&&FORM=VRDGAR

Lancaster Archery has a 62” amo Galaxy Black Ridge hybrid flatbow for $190. Looks interesting. http://www.lancasterarchery.com/galaxy-black-ridge-62-hybrid-longbow.html

From: grizz
Date: 10-Jan-19




If you want a longer hybrid, Bodnik makes the Dakota. 64"s, Bubinga riser, bamboo and clear glass. 350.00 dollars at KustomKing.

From: YamahaYG68
Date: 11-Jan-19




Grizz

"If you want a longer hybrid, Bodnik makes the Dakota. 64"s, Bubinga riser, bamboo and clear glass. 350.00 dollars at KustomKing"

Thanks, I have been looking at the Dakota, online, for a while.

Seems to me that they older Dakotas had black glass limbs and walnut risers.

The latest clear glass and bubinga version did get my attention.

I would be interested to hear from any owners how the finish of the Bearpaw clear glass limbs holds up. I am curious about this because I have read some complaints about recent clear glass limbs, concerning OTHER makers (not Bearpaw).

From: YamahaYG68
Date: 11-Jan-19

YamahaYG68's embedded Photo



Bearpaw Dakota, 64" from Kustom King.

From: grizz
Date: 11-Jan-19




I'm interested to hear about them myself. They do look good and being a Bodnik I would expect a good fit and finish as well as a great shooter.

From: Riverwolf
Date: 11-Jan-19

Riverwolf's embedded Photo



...how about the Bodnik Blackfoot Longbow ? Really like the lines, length, looks of this one also...Anyone try one of these ?

From: YamahaYG68
Date: 11-Jan-19




Here's a link to a review from 2014, showing the older black glass and walnut version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFmbRP9fOeI

I am partial to the version now sold by Kustom King; clear glass and bubinga.

From: Riverwolf
Date: 11-Jan-19

Riverwolf's embedded Photo



Bodnik Blackfoot is 66" length also I believe ....

From: Uncle Lijiah
Date: 11-Jan-19




Riverwolf, I believe the Bodnik Longbow is different from the Bearpaw Penthalon Blackfoot Longbow. The Bodnik Longbow with 30-yr warranty is marketed to tournament shooters and is more expensive. The less-expensive Penthalon series bows are made in China for Bearpaw and carry a 2-year warranty. I'm not saying the workmanship is any different. The place of manufacture probably makes the price difference. I've thought about getting the Blackfoot myself. I wonder if you can get a longbow safely shipped from Europe all the way to US in a cardboard box? Clint

From: Riverwolf
Date: 11-Jan-19




Thanks Clint.

I did read something about that a year or so ago with China made and a lesser warranty ...Just thought it had Nice lines, length and riser . Also figured any state*side sales would carry them in stock same as any other bodnik bow .

From: Uncle Lijiah
Date: 11-Jan-19




I haven’t found a stateside Bearpaw dealer that carries either the Bodnik longbow or the Bearpaw Blackfoot. Maybe they can special order???

From: 4t5
Date: 12-Jan-19




Kustom King traditional archery carries them.





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