The other bow I will be duplicating will look something like this (minus the composite prod - for obvious reasons):
So, I don't quite need as much material for overlays/inlays as I previously thought. One bow will be heavily covered the other will have minimal overlays. I priced out bone and had thought it would be the cheapest material. However, while laying out the first bow yesterday (the one with the overlays top and bottom), it became clear that buying prepared bone scales was NOT going to be cheap. in fact it was likely to cost over $100 to just do the overlays on the more elaborate bow by itself. I priced out some thin (1/16") micarta sheet from a billiards supply place and it was WAY cheaper - about $30 or so for a 12"x12" sheet which would be enough to do the top and bottom. I was also informed by them when I called to ask some questions that you can in fact heat the micarta or some other products they care in hot water then press it to the curve you need. It will cool off and hold its shape, which will allow me to do the curves that are present around the lock area on the upper of the two bows. Unfortunately, the micarta they sell is only ivory colored, and a very yellowed ivory color at that. Most of my research at this point indicates that overlays and inlays were composed of bone and not ivory as I had previously thought. This supplier has another product called Juma which looks very much like bone and they sell it in a 1'x2' sheet with a thickness of 5mm (slightly over 3/16"). That's a bit too thick for what I need but it's not much more expensive than buying two 1'x1' micarta sheets. Still, the Juma is too thick. So, I really think the micarta will give the look I need and should be able to be worked to a certain extent to get it to do what I want in this application. Now, the question is, where do I buy bone-white micarta sheets in a size and thickness for this project?