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Posted: 19 September 2011 08:24 AM   [ Ignore ]
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A new friend wanted to get into trad shooting so I built him his first longbow. 

Bocote riser and belly with bamboo and glass core.

pics may be a little fuzzy do to compressing them for the forum

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Posted: 19 September 2011 09:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I made the bow from scratch.  I cut and plane the laminates and put them all in a form.  That bow has four wood layers and three fiberglass layers.

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Posted: 19 September 2011 09:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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HawgNSonsTV - 19 September 2011 09:12 AM

Like this?

like that

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Posted: 19 September 2011 09:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Every style bow needs is own form.  Been building a form and jigs for a take down lately.  You can pre-figure the weight by how thick the limbs are.  .010” may change the bow 5#.  I keep track of all the data every bow I make and use that data for the next one.

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Posted: 19 September 2011 09:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Yep.  I decide on the shape of the bow or limbs I want and then build the form at that shape.  Once I get all the laminates ready, they are all glued up and laid in the form.  Once the glue is dry, the bow has its shape.  The jigs are for the risers for one piece and takedowns where everything needs to be a certain shape and keeps them all the same every time.

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Posted: 19 September 2011 04:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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That is absolutely gorgeous - more of a work of art than tool smile But I bet it works as well as it looks!

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Posted: 19 September 2011 04:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Nice work, Matt.  You all should know that Matt donated a custom made bow for my Saddle Up For St.; Jude auction this past June.  His bow was a huge hit at the auction.  Hw even figured out out how to get the event’s logo on the limbs.  True craftsmanship.

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Posted: 19 September 2011 04:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Thanks for the comments.

John, I got plans in the works for next years auction.  It will blow that other one away.

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Posted: 19 September 2011 05:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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sweet bow! but it would be better with a giant pink pig logo on it…...................u can name it the slicer…......sorry bout that i could not resist and i should have…...but oohh well….... anyways….... whats the saddle up for St. Jude auction???? that could be something I would like to know about, afterall I owe St. Jude my life!

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Posted: 19 September 2011 05:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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LMAO!  I was leaning towards the squatter Coonass!!!  It’s almost like when peewee herman got caught spankin the monk in the movie theatre!  It just never gets old!  OINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted: 19 September 2011 05:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Coonass, treehugger puts on a big horse ride/auction every year at Jubilee State Park in Peoria County.  Its been going on a quite a while.  Its a big event and raises a lot of money for St. Jude.  I am sure John can give you more details.

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Posted: 19 September 2011 09:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Coonass,  Saddle Up For St. Jude is a huge horseback trail ride and auction that I do every year at jubilee State Park.  You do not have to own a horse or even like horses to attend and have some good ol’ family fun.  The auction usually raises about 25K of which every penny goes directly to the children of St. Jude.  The cost of putting the event on comes from our pockets.  Bough I do buy some of the auction items and donate them, the lion share comes from generous consults like Matt.  I haven’t chosen the exact date yet, but it will be at Jubilee again on a Saturday in June of 2012.  Since I’m actually more onto hunting than I am horses, I arrange for quite a few hunting auction items.  Items like Whitetail and pheasant hunts, a boar hunt, a ridiculously cool custom made bow, treestands, lumenok stuff, and some other stuff.  Marc donated a Whitetail mount this year.  I bought it myself, so now the pressure is on.  Thank God Marc gave me like a 10 year expiration date.  It would be great if I could get a bunch of HO peeps to attend and possibly donate an auction item.  If anyone has any questions or would like to donate please contact me.  I accept items all year round….my wife hates that part.  Oh, and sorry for hijacking your thread.
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Posted: 19 September 2011 09:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Oh, and 2012 will be our 16th year of putting on this great event.

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Posted: 20 September 2011 07:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Thanks for the info John.  Don’t worry about hijacking, it is worth it.

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Posted: 20 September 2011 08:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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yes thank u for the info!!!!

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Posted: 20 September 2011 08:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Coon….sounds like you’re a survivor.  Good for you.  I think this would be an event you’d really like.  Nice people, hunting items, and one hell of a good cause.

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