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The original bow

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This was the final result of six different bows that I’ve made. Each one got progressively more sophisticated as my carving skills got honed. Only 2 survived, but this one is a real gem. Shoots great, a lot of fun, 65lbs of force over 68″ of wood. Its made of heat-box laminated Hickory, Ipe (Brazilian Walnut), and Bamboo for the backing. It is the single most difficult thing I have ever made. I carved this out of wood blanks with classic spoke shaves and hand planes. After lot of sanding and 4 bows exploding in my face I made something thats held together. Really rewarding process. This bow took at least 80 hours to make.