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Lemonwood Bow

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Wilburness 04-Mar-24
Don T. Lewis 04-Mar-24
Wilburness 04-Mar-24
Will tell 04-Mar-24
Live2Hunt 04-Mar-24
M60gunner 04-Mar-24
4nolz@work 04-Mar-24
Runner 04-Mar-24
4nolz@work 04-Mar-24
Steve P 04-Mar-24
Wilburness 12-Mar-24
Wilburness 12-Mar-24
4nolz@work 12-Mar-24
Wilburness 12-Mar-24
Don T. Lewis 12-Mar-24
Don T. Lewis 12-Mar-24
Don T. Lewis 12-Mar-24
M60gunner 12-Mar-24
searcher 12-Mar-24
searcher 12-Mar-24
BowAholic 12-Mar-24
Wilburness 13-Mar-24
From: Wilburness
Date: 04-Mar-24




Writing on bow Fred Bear Co. I think this might have been made by Fred. The bow looks old and the owner passed away at 90 years of age recently. I read where he made lemonwood bows after meeting Art Young. Any one have more info, thanks.

From: Don T. Lewis
Date: 04-Mar-24




Sounds like you have an amazing piece of archery history there. Can you post a picture of it? Sure would like to get a peek at that one.

From: Wilburness
Date: 04-Mar-24




I will get a pic might be a couple days.

From: Will tell
Date: 04-Mar-24




Might have been made by Grumley who was the bower for Bear

From: Live2Hunt
Date: 04-Mar-24




I have a lemon wood bow also that was my dads. He said he had someone make it for him and I am almost positive he said it was a lemonwood bow. Always wanted to string it and shoot it, but it is pretty stout feeling when I did in the past and do not want to break it now. I believe he had it made back in the 50's.

From: M60gunner
Date: 04-Mar-24




Might be one of his early bows? Lemonwood was a common bow wood back then. I read Bear got the Lemonwood in logs and had to be split into staves.

From: 4nolz@work
Date: 04-Mar-24




There is no way to confirm it.Ive had 8-10 over the years some script some block letters.Its fun to imagine for sure.Grumley and Fred may have made the low end lemonwood bows early on but the valuable ones are signed or stamped by Grumley.The most I paid was $150 but that's pretty much when they peaked.

From: Runner
Date: 04-Mar-24




Was Fred ever a bowyer for his own company?

From: 4nolz@work
Date: 04-Mar-24




Oh yes at first then he and Nels

From: Steve P
Date: 04-Mar-24




From: Wilburness
Date: 12-Mar-24

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Pics of bow.

From: Wilburness
Date: 12-Mar-24

Wilburness's embedded Photo



From: 4nolz@work
Date: 12-Mar-24




The GE might be draw weight G=7 E=5 unless it's a C? I'm not sure but sometimes it's been that way

From: Wilburness
Date: 12-Mar-24




Looks like a C there is a small piece of crud that makes it look like a G.

From: Don T. Lewis
Date: 12-Mar-24




C or G That is an early one. 1949 or older. That’s just old school cool.

From: Don T. Lewis
Date: 12-Mar-24




Thanks for posting the pictures Bill:)

From: Don T. Lewis
Date: 12-Mar-24




I wonder who was making those Lemon wood bows for Bear.

From: M60gunner
Date: 12-Mar-24




I read in one of the books Bear had a small crew working for him making bows. The author said one day Fred came in and told them to go home because he didn’t have any money to pay them. He was ignored and they kept working.

From: searcher
Date: 12-Mar-24




i have a lemonwood that my father made some time before 1935 ( i have pictures of my mother shooting it in 1935 ) i have replaced the strike plate and the handle leather and made new strings, other then that it is still all original. no markings, it is 70" overall. feels like about 45# maybe. if i could get this thing to accept images i would post some

From: searcher
Date: 12-Mar-24




i have reduced max pixel dim. to 640 still won't take image don't know what else to do

From: BowAholic
Date: 12-Mar-24




searcher~ https://imageresizer.com/

From: Wilburness
Date: 13-Mar-24

Wilburness's embedded Photo







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