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Hickory Recurve Build

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Cedarsavage 12-Jan-22
bluesman 12-Jan-22
Cedarsavage 12-Jan-22
Cedarsavage 12-Jan-22
Cedarsavage 12-Jan-22
fdp 12-Jan-22
Pa Steve 12-Jan-22
Primitive sniper 12-Jan-22
Primitive sniper 12-Jan-22
Great Falls 12-Jan-22
Altitude Sickness 13-Jan-22
TGbow 13-Jan-22
Eric Krewson 13-Jan-22
PEARL DRUMS 13-Jan-22
Catskills 13-Jan-22
Arvin 13-Jan-22
twostrings 13-Jan-22
wooddamon1 13-Jan-22
Cedarsavage 13-Jan-22
Runner 13-Jan-22
Wayne Hess 13-Jan-22
Ybuck 14-Jan-22
txdm 16-Jan-22
Arvin 16-Jan-22
bodymanbowyer 16-Jan-22
From: Cedarsavage
Date: 12-Jan-22




I spent a couple weekends last month working on this recurve. I’ve been wanting to do an Osage recurve, so I did a practice run on a hickory board. Gave me a chance to try out the form I made and learn how to steam in the curves. It’s real smooth and came in my target weight. I’ve been using it as my daily shooter the last few weeks. Check out the build video to see the whole process! I’m already working on the Osage bow.

From: bluesman
Date: 12-Jan-22




Enjoyed your video , thanks for sharing , I have only built two bows, a hickory selfbow made all by hand tools with tutoring from John Strunk and then a bamboo backed "all grass" (bow belly was bamboo flooring) also tutored by John . I have taken game with both bows and I have to say it was very satisfying knowing it was made by myself, but I am not a skilled guy like my friends who do alot of selfbows.

Two of my hunting friends make many selfbows and hunt successfully with them . They are craftsman . I am not but enjoy selfbows as well as all other longbows and recurves.

That bow looks great.

From: Cedarsavage
Date: 12-Jan-22




Thanks bluesman. I'm real happy with it. Longbows always give me trouble when I'm shooting them. For some reason, recurves are way more natural. I've thought about trying bamboo flooring. Good to know it works. I've only ever used bamboo once as a backing on an osage slat.

From: Cedarsavage
Date: 12-Jan-22

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I forgot to add...got a ton of advice from Pearl Drums. From the form to the splinter I got during the bending process. Definitely, shortened the learning curve a ton to have advice from someone with lots of experience.

Bows are tough to take pictures of... I can never get the full bow and detail in the same picture.

From: Cedarsavage
Date: 12-Jan-22

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From: fdp
Date: 12-Jan-22




Very cool.

From: Pa Steve
Date: 12-Jan-22




Great video Cash. Looking forward to your Osage build.

From: Primitive sniper
Date: 12-Jan-22




Nothing better than making shavings, nice bow

From: Primitive sniper
Date: 12-Jan-22




Nothing better than making shavings, nice bow

From: Great Falls
Date: 12-Jan-22




Sweet! Looking very functional at full draw

From: Altitude Sickness
Date: 13-Jan-22




Very nice, thanks for the video. I learned the hard way to leave a lot of material when steaming. So any splinters can be worked out. Even using thin metal on the belly I have gotten small splinters. Not every time but it happens. I’m still learning.

From: TGbow
Date: 13-Jan-22




Nice bow

From: Eric Krewson
Date: 13-Jan-22




As a bowmaker of 25 years I can honestly say you did a great job on that bow. Making a lumber board bow is a challenge, making a recurve board bow is a double challenge and you pulled it off perfectly.

From: PEARL DRUMS
Date: 13-Jan-22




Looks good my friend. No better way to spend a UP winter than in your shop playing with what you love. Looking forward to the osage bow.

From: Catskills
Date: 13-Jan-22




Very nice bow. I see you have the same quiver I do, a Levi Strauss! ; )

From: Arvin
Date: 13-Jan-22




Looking good!

From: twostrings
Date: 13-Jan-22




"Bows are tough to take pictures of... I can never get the full bow and detail in the same picture."

Your photographs are good. Bows are all about curves and the lethal arc of a full draw. The detail shots of risers and wood grain may as well be in furniture catalogs.

From: wooddamon1 Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Jan-22




Funky, but I like it. Nice work!

From: Cedarsavage
Date: 13-Jan-22




Altitude sickness. that seems like the ticket. If you were really thin to begin with I wonder if it'd bend easier? But if it doesn't then you're kinda up a creek.

Eric I think you're right. I haven't made a stave bow in years, but after starting the Osage bow, I feel like that works way easier comparatively with a draw knife. Not sure if that makes sense. But boards seem to lend themselves to band saws and staves to drawknives. Boards are cheap and easy to come by.

Catskills lol, I'll probably try my selway on it at some point, but I'm liking a naked bow.

I definitely can't give enough credit to Pearl Drums. Without his advice, after the second steaming, the next scene would have been me drinking whiskey next to a hickory fire. lol After doing the recurve and getting a handle on it, I think all my personal bows will be recurves. They're just sexier, and I feel way more comfortable with them.

Twostrings my wife took the stills, she's not the neanderthal that I am.

From: Runner
Date: 13-Jan-22




Looks good. Almost a perfect replica of an old Ben Pearson Deerslayer,

From: Wayne Hess
Date: 13-Jan-22




Thanks for the build along, Interesting

From: Ybuck
Date: 14-Jan-22




fantastic!!! you should be proud

From: txdm
Date: 16-Jan-22




Amazing work. I've tried to recurve hickory board limbs on a half-dozen bows and one limb always cracks fatally on me. I have only tried dry heating with oil and submerged boiling so far. I'll try steaming someday.

From: Arvin
Date: 16-Jan-22




Looks good . Can’t wait sit to the Osage. Arvin

From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 16-Jan-22




That was a good watch. Fun. JF





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