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Bendy Bows, if only years ago

Messages posted to thread:
tradslinger 07-Sep-22
Don T. Lewis 07-Sep-22
Stickbow Felty 07-Sep-22
Steve Milbocker 07-Sep-22
Steve Milbocker 07-Sep-22
Steve Milbocker 07-Sep-22
bradsmith2010santafe 07-Sep-22
bradsmith2010santafe 07-Sep-22
BowAholic 07-Sep-22
fdp 07-Sep-22
[email protected] 08-Sep-22
tradslinger 08-Sep-22
George Tsoukalas 08-Sep-22
From: tradslinger
Date: 07-Sep-22




Bendy Bows, I just love them. They are so fun to shoot and I shoot them very well. Hard to get any simpler than a stick and string. And all in all, the easiest and quickest bow to build for me. My first one was a 41 pound at 26" on a 60" bow. It was and still is a pure joy to shoot. The second one, made earlier this week, was a 51" long bow, 45# at 26" and was not a pure Bendy Bow as the handle just doesn't flex. The last one that I made (yesterday and today) is 57" long, 47# at 26". I can shoot the 47# bow but only about 20 shots and I am done. But, I'm pretty mean out to 15 yards with all of them. It just makes me wonder what I would have done hunting wise if I knew how to build them 48 years ago. Even when I am tired of shooting, I just have to shoot another round. All of my Bendys so far have been Osage and I have no more staves to work with but that is okay, I already have more self bows than I can probably kill deer with but I will try. The Bendys all have a simple leather strap wrap for the handle and a simple string tied nock on the serving. I can't see well enough or feel good enough with my fingers to knap stone heads or I would be using my river cane arrows with them. I have tried the various jigs for knapping but I still can't do it, just super frustrating and not worth it. I could see myself sneaking thru the woods with my bendy bow for anything legal in Arkansas. Well, the sneaky part is gone but I still have ground blinds. I just can't help but wonder the what if on Bendy Bows back years ago. As a kid, I made bows out of everything and shot everything. My first factory bows were all solid fiberglass and that was all that I knew for several years. You would think that with my Indian bloodline, I would have had plenty of guidance but they were too busy working. But seeing a bow come to life from a piece of dead wood is such a joy and then the fun begins in the shooting and the hunting. Yeah, love it! Jerry

From: Don T. Lewis
Date: 07-Sep-22




Good post! Thanks

From: Stickbow Felty
Date: 07-Sep-22




I have a piece of osage that i plan on making a bendy out of. I haven't made a bendy before. I might start on it after i finish the hop hornbeam flat bow i am working on now.I'm glad you are getting to make a few bows my friend.

From: Steve Milbocker
Date: 07-Sep-22

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My favorite:)

From: Steve Milbocker
Date: 07-Sep-22

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From: Steve Milbocker
Date: 07-Sep-22

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58” [email protected] She’s only 7/8” wide. Osage is king!

From: bradsmith2010santafe
Date: 07-Sep-22




nice post thanks,, I love them too

From: bradsmith2010santafe
Date: 07-Sep-22




nice post thanks,, I love them too

From: BowAholic
Date: 07-Sep-22




They are very cool and I look forward to maybe seeing and shooting some of your bows one day. If you ever get to one of the TBA or Holla Bend shoots I might get a chance... I have made a couple of them but haven't really tried shooting them much.

From: fdp
Date: 07-Sep-22




Bendy handle selfbow are my favorite.

From: [email protected]
Date: 08-Sep-22




It's all I make I love short bows

From: tradslinger
Date: 08-Sep-22




Nice Bow Steve, so simple and all business. Can't wait to see both bows Greg, I am getting ready to go crappie fishing with a friend and still had to shoot 4 shots at 4 AM before I left. Bowaholic, it's been probably 17 years since I have been to Holla Bend, always heard a lot of stories about the place and bowhunting. Seems like I even saw an alligator there. Hopefully I will make it up there again.

From: George Tsoukalas
Date: 08-Sep-22




I love bend in the handle bows too...just a little bend so they don't shock. Jawge





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