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I Am Going To Be A Bowyer
#1
Hi all....I suppose it was just a matter of time (seeing I like flint knapping) before I got bit by the bow making bug <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' />/>





I'd like to thank our 90 North for planting and feeding and watering the seed....and our Archer for helping to turn that seed into a skill tree.



Just finished making my tillering stick, bow string jig and homemade bow string wax....bought some hand tools ( a rasp, files and a scraper) waiting on delivery of my string material and then to find the perfect piece of wood...then we'll see what type of bow I can produce with these two hands.



My mom asked if I wanted her to buy me a bow for my birthday- I said nope mom. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/no.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':no:' />/> .....I guess she just doesn't understand the making is the important thing.



Originally I wanted to make primitive bows but I am not that advanced in woodworking (or anything) yet...so I am going to opt to start with a non primitive bow and work my way to primitive. However this is half primitive as I have used no power tools. You want a workout....try sawing all the notches on a tillering stick by hand....whew!!!!!!!!!!



My workshop is my living room....I wanted my boyfriend to cut off the extra piece on my jig with his battery powered saw, but it didn't have enough balls! He insisted we wait until the weekend and go to a friends to use the table saw….I laughed and started batoning it with the Mero Mero chopper…he said I’d ruin it and chop it too deep….hee heee I love it when I am right. I am getting handy with that chopper, I hacked that thing down to perfect size…no electricity required.





I included a nice sweaty self-ie with the "kill 'em all" flag in the kitchen....man I tell ya, after sawing that tillering tree...my triceps hurt for a day or two!





Thanks for looking



AOC


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"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."--Thomas Jefferson

"Buy land- they are not making it anymore"- Mark Twain

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile €”hoping it will eat him last." -Winston Churchill

"Wilderness is in our hearts first and always. All of us can't have a cabin in the mountains. It's the wilderness within we must strive for first."- R. Sullivan
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#2
Looking great! Love the sweaty selfie! Curt loves that you are so interested in this stuff, and says you make a great student! He loves your Skype times helping you learn! Keep up the great work!
-TheArcherwife



President of the "Happy Hoodlum Hookers" club, founded in 2012 and always recruiting for new "hookers" to crochet along with us



"This thing will not beat me. I will either beat it, or I will show folks how to die with dignity!!" - The awesome, amazing Ron Hood 2011. I am proud and honored to say Ron...you did EXACTLY that, and we are all SO PROUD of you! We love you!
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#3
AWESOME!!!! Everything looks great you are doing a wonderful job. You will be shooting a bow of your making in no time. I must warn you once bitten by the archery bug there is no turning back. You will be sentenced to mass enjoyment, adventure, and a lifetime of excitement.



Curtis



p.s. I love your sweaty selfie....priceless!
- Woodsmaster -



Guide my feet along the trail
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#4
Good luck on a lifelong condition, I mean study!







Been thinking the same thing myself, but in a wilderness setting.
Message of Insight and Unity 

We go into the wilderness to fulfill our hearts and empty our minds of life's garbage.
The gear we leave behind and the challenges we encounter, 
Are methods we use to cleanse our spirits.
Of Survivalists and Bushcrafters, Primitive Technologists too, we are one.........

It is the wilderness within, we strive for first and always.
Not everyone can have a cabin in the mountains.
The thread that connects us, is fine like silk and strong as steel.
Together, the song of the wilderness is the song we sing!

"And can I say something else?"
Bushcrafting is "doing what you want to do." 
Survival is "doing what you have to do"
Primitive Technology is about all of the above........

By TNRR aka "Survival Sully"
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#5
Thanks you guys!! I am so blessed to have great mentors & friends. And Curtis makes for a great teacher, patient as a saint. I for sure have the archery bug, I have all of those symptoms and I ain't even made the bow yet...I think about exactly how I am going to do it...almost every day; from the obsidian point I'll knapp to the cattail stalks I am going to use for arrows. Feathers or birch for fletching, I've been collecting it all.



Ronnie- I think you were the first one to tell me the Hoodlum mantra of always teaching and learning... and you also bestowed upon me my first yucca drill stick.... <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' /> Your recent post made me jones to go out and practice the fire bow--- real bad. Best believe, not IF BUT when I finally get that elusive friction fire, you'll be partly responsible for my success.....



I guess that's the key to mastering any skill you want to have---never give up on it, always try and keep trying.





AOC
"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."--Thomas Jefferson

"Buy land- they are not making it anymore"- Mark Twain

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile €”hoping it will eat him last." -Winston Churchill

"Wilderness is in our hearts first and always. All of us can't have a cabin in the mountains. It's the wilderness within we must strive for first."- R. Sullivan
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#6
Oh my! Next thing she will be chasing down bears and harvesting them with an obsidian knife.
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#7
[quote name='90north' timestamp='1441594452' post='603919']

Oh my! Next thing she will be chasing down bears and harvesting them with an obsidian knife.

[/quote]

Don't give her ideas like that! <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rolleyes' />



Christine, you still need a hunting license to kill bears with an obsidian knife <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' />

There..........that base is covered....we don't want you getting in trouble with the game warden. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' />



Griz
Hopefully the S won't HTF and I pray every day that it won't. It would not be fun.



I have a high art..I wound with cruelty, all who wound me...Archillocus; 650 B.C.
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#8
One way to start making self bows,is a board bow. You won't have much money in it,so if you mess up,no great loss. But you will learn a lot in the doing. http://www.primitiveways.com/board%20bow.html
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#9
[quote name='7.62' timestamp='1441635335' post='603928']

One way to start making self bows,is a board bow. You won't have much money in it,so if you mess up,no great loss. But you will learn a lot in the doing. http://www.primitiveways.com/board%20bow.html

[/quote]





Great minds think alike 7.62 <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' /> ....the first type of bow I intend to make is a Red Oak board bow! The internet is a wonderful learning tool!!!





AOC
"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."--Thomas Jefferson

"Buy land- they are not making it anymore"- Mark Twain

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile €”hoping it will eat him last." -Winston Churchill

"Wilderness is in our hearts first and always. All of us can't have a cabin in the mountains. It's the wilderness within we must strive for first."- R. Sullivan
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#10
[quote name='Grizzly Dave' timestamp='1441632387' post='603925']

[quote name='90north' timestamp='1441594452' post='603919']

Oh my! Next thing she will be chasing down bears and harvesting them with an obsidian knife.

[/quote]

Don't give her ideas like that! <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rolleyes' />/>



Christine, you still need a hunting license to kill bears with an obsidian knife <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' />/>

There..........that base is covered....we don't want you getting in trouble with the game warden. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' />/>



Griz

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Hahaha you guys have too much faith in yer old Christine. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rolleyes' /> let me kill a squirrel or racoon first, then we'll talk bear. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' />





AOC
"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."--Thomas Jefferson

"Buy land- they are not making it anymore"- Mark Twain

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile €”hoping it will eat him last." -Winston Churchill

"Wilderness is in our hearts first and always. All of us can't have a cabin in the mountains. It's the wilderness within we must strive for first."- R. Sullivan
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#11
[quote name='adapt-overcome-conquer' timestamp='1441644229' post='603933']

[quote name='7.62' timestamp='1441635335' post='603928']

One way to start making self bows,is a board bow. You won't have much money in it,so if you mess up,no great loss. But you will learn a lot in the doing. http://www.primitiveways.com/board%20bow.html

[/quote]





Great minds think alike 7.62 <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' />/> ....the first type of bow I intend to make is a Red Oak board bow! The internet is a wonderful learning tool!!!





AOC

[/quote]



Then you've found Sam Harper's page on the red oak board bow for apartment dwellers? [url="http://poorfolkbows.com"]Poor Folk Bows[/url] That's where I started, and I still have and shoot the first one I made off that.
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#12
AOC, we know you have many mentors, friends and such here. However, its "your" work, "your" dedication," your" heart, that is responsible for "your" progress and successes! In other words, "Its all about you baby!"<img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/banana.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':banana:' />/>







And we are loving it just as much or more than you!<img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rolleyes' />/>
Message of Insight and Unity 

We go into the wilderness to fulfill our hearts and empty our minds of life's garbage.
The gear we leave behind and the challenges we encounter, 
Are methods we use to cleanse our spirits.
Of Survivalists and Bushcrafters, Primitive Technologists too, we are one.........

It is the wilderness within, we strive for first and always.
Not everyone can have a cabin in the mountains.
The thread that connects us, is fine like silk and strong as steel.
Together, the song of the wilderness is the song we sing!

"And can I say something else?"
Bushcrafting is "doing what you want to do." 
Survival is "doing what you have to do"
Primitive Technology is about all of the above........

By TNRR aka "Survival Sully"
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#13
[quote name='Cicero' timestamp='1441650021' post='603938']

[quote name='adapt-overcome-conquer' timestamp='1441644229' post='603933']

[quote name='7.62' timestamp='1441635335' post='603928']

One way to start making self bows,is a board bow. You won't have much money in it,so if you mess up,no great loss. But you will learn a lot in the doing. http://www.primitiveways.com/board%20bow.html

[/quote]





Great minds think alike 7.62 <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' />/>/> ....the first type of bow I intend to make is a Red Oak board bow! The internet is a wonderful learning tool!!!





AOC

[/quote]



Then you've found Sam Harper's page on the red oak board bow for apartment dwellers? [url="http://poorfolkbows.com"]Poor Folk Bows[/url] That's where I started, and I still have and shoot the first one I made off that.

[/quote]





That's the one man!!! <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' /> it is great and simple, Curtis sent it to me...I can't wait for that Dacron to arrive so I can start!!!!



AOC
"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."--Thomas Jefferson

"Buy land- they are not making it anymore"- Mark Twain

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile €”hoping it will eat him last." -Winston Churchill

"Wilderness is in our hearts first and always. All of us can't have a cabin in the mountains. It's the wilderness within we must strive for first."- R. Sullivan
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#14
[quote name='TN RIDGE ROVER' timestamp='1441655420' post='603944']

AOC, we know you have many mentors, friends and such here. However, its "your" work, "your" dedication," your" heart, that is responsible for "your" progress and successes! In other words, "Its all about you baby!"<img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/banana.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':banana:' />/>/>/>







And we are loving it just as much or more than you!<img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rolleyes' />/>/>/>

[/quote]





<img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wub.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':wub:' />/> Thanks Ronnie, <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='B)' />/> but y'all have had a big influence in all of it.... we'll see what quality of bow I can make, I haven't always had great co-ordination or an eye for "surgical like" precision accuracy like Joe does but I am getting better.





AOC
"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."--Thomas Jefferson

"Buy land- they are not making it anymore"- Mark Twain

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile €”hoping it will eat him last." -Winston Churchill

"Wilderness is in our hearts first and always. All of us can't have a cabin in the mountains. It's the wilderness within we must strive for first."- R. Sullivan
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#15
Bow making with a mero mero chopper, well I thought I had heard it all. Good for you AOC, don't let the people telling you you can't, get in your way of doing! Later Luke!
 " Survival is not mandatory" Norseman DT 08

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