There are so many photos, that I will just post a link to the Flickr site.
Kimberly wanted a Finnish bow, with a bone top, and an inlay to show her arms.
My Aunt had given me some Elk leg bones, so, I used these for the top. They are not the cream/off white of the cow bones we usually use, and seem a bit more translucent, but I thought they were interesting, and beautiful. She also wanted a very dark bow, so I actually stained the walnut stock with a dark walnut stain. I didn't like it at first, but, it has grown on me.
I also found the elk bone to be a bit more 'crumbly' than the cow bone, so, some of the lines were not as sharp as I would have liked... live and learn....
The bone inlets are packed up and ready to be sent to Osprey at Darkwood Armory to be carved, but, they are likely still at Pennsic, and will be too busy for another week or so to get to them.
I also just started re working on a pistol bow that I was making for a client nearly two years ago, and he decided not to get it. It hung in the shop here for months, and I finally decided it was time to finish it.
From the tip of the stock to the lock, it is exactly the same as a Finnish bow, I simply added the handles. These bows are loosely based on the Chinese Pistol bows from the 1100's, with some refinements. Those bows were quite square, and not .... well, beautiful. And much larger.
It will have an aluminum prod, maybe (or maybe not...) a stirrup. And, it will be for sale! Just saying....
Enjoy, and as always, comments, constructive criticism welcome!
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