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Restoration of a Ben Pearson Recurve

Messages posted to thread:
Two Flints 09-Aug-22
Babysaph 09-Aug-22
Babysaph 09-Aug-22
Catskills 09-Aug-22
Two Flints 10-Aug-22
fdp 10-Aug-22
selstickbow 10-Aug-22
Pdiddly2 10-Aug-22
Phil Magistro 10-Aug-22
Two Flints 10-Aug-22
Gray Goose Shaft 10-Aug-22
[email protected] 10-Aug-22
From: Two Flints
Date: 09-Aug-22




Hello,

This has become my "go to website" when I need expert advice on anything "Traditional".

I just picked up a Ben Pearson vintage recurve and am in the process of doing a restoration. This will be my first attempt at restoring a bow, although I have done quite a bit of furniture restoration.

My vintage Ben Pearson has an insert/bushing in the riser. I think it was probably used to secure a screw in type arrow quiver. I plan to cover the grip with a leather covering and this leather covering will hide the repaired area where the insert/bushing was located.

I'd like to remove the insert/bushing as safely as possible and then to fill the left- over hole with some type of filler. Can you recommend the easiest and safest way to remove the insert/bushing. Is there a way to transfer heat into the insert/bushing to melt or soften the glue holding the insert/bushing? I want to remove the insert/bushing and not leave it there even if I plan to cover the area with leather.

Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.

Two Flints

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 09-Aug-22




If you want it to shoot then shoot it for a few months to see if it holds up that way way you won’t waste any time refinishing. If it’s to wall hanger then proceed. If I was going to cover it with leather I would not bother the bushing

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 09-Aug-22




If you want it to shoot then shoot it for a few months to see if it holds up that way way you won’t waste any time refinishing. If it’s to wall hanger then proceed. If I was going to cover it with leather I would not bother the bushing

From: Catskills
Date: 09-Aug-22




A soldering iron should heat bushing and glue but not damage surrounding wood if you are careful. But I don't know which type of bushing they used, the type that screws in or the type with ridges that taps in. The first type would be fairly easy to remove, the second not so.

Hopefully someone who has actually done this will chime in. But I agree with Jack to leave it there if you're going to cover it anyway. It is part of the original bow.

From: Two Flints
Date: 10-Aug-22

Two Flints's embedded Photo



Thought I'd post a photo of the insert/bushing and two adjoining holes . . . would anyone know what might have been attached to the insert/bushing?

Thanks for looking and your comments.

Two Flints

From: fdp
Date: 10-Aug-22




A bow quiver. And possibly a sight in the 2 hole pattern.

From: selstickbow
Date: 10-Aug-22




since it has a screwdriver head it is likely threaded. I know you know this. so like said, soldering iron for heat, and work it out. good luck & report back.

From: Pdiddly2
Date: 10-Aug-22




That held a Bear Leathertop 4 arrow quiver.

The screw held it on and two pointed pins on the quiver bracket that made the divots in the wood stopped it from twisting.

Just take that capscrew out and you'll find the threaded insert is flush with the wood. Leather cover will go right over it. No need for filler.

From: Phil Magistro
Date: 10-Aug-22

Phil Magistro's embedded Photo



Pdiddly is right. That is from an older Bear Leathertop like this one.

From: Two Flints
Date: 10-Aug-22




Hello,

Success!

Thanks to all for your help . . . used a bolt screwed into the insert/bushing, heated the bolt and the heat transferred to the glue holding the insert/bushing, and out it came with a slight pull.

Now to fill the hole and do some finishing of the grip area.

Thanks again to all for your help and information.

Two Flints

From: Gray Goose Shaft
Date: 10-Aug-22




For any archer interested in refinishing or repairing bows, it is worth reading Don Ward's document and others at the Vintage Archery site.

http://www.vintagearchery.org/bow-restoration---repair.html

From: [email protected]
Date: 10-Aug-22




Id just put a Bear quiver on it there after refinishing





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