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July 20, 2012
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Hickory board bow by gekitsu Hickory board bow by gekitsu
just so you know what kept me from drawing and submitting new stuff here at dA. :) well, besides uni, of course.

its a hickory board bow, made by yours truly
180 cm nock to nock length, 184 cm overall
it draws around 43 lbs @ 30" this is about 10 lbs less than what i had in mind, but its all i could salvage when i had to work around an early mistake that led to weak spots near the handle.
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Excellent work! I'm always jealous of the hickory bows; here in western Washington state, it's near impossible to find. Very tough wood, very forgiving to work as well.
gekitsu Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :D

well, talk about how difficult it is to get in germany. it doesnt grow here natively, so its either really small amounts of locally grown lumber or imports from the states. either way, its a bit of a specialty item. you are right about its qualities, though. it may well be the best choice for a first bow because its so tough and can take a lot os abuse. i sure dont regret it :)
Germany?! D: Jeez, that does seem like it would be a little hard to come by. Still, you did an excellent job with it. I'm guessing that the handle is glued on?

On an unrelated note, I've always wanted to visit Germany. My two years of high school German didn't give me much exposure, but what little we did study got me hooked.
gekitsu Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes, the rear bit of the handle is a glued-on leftover piece from rough cutting to form. the board was only 2.5cm (1 inch) thick, which was well enough to stiffen the grip section, but not enough for providing something that grips well.

also, that interest is nice to hear about :) getting glimpses of other cultures, even if just another largely western one, never can be a bad thing. more knowledge = more understanding = less stuck-up-ness, namecalling and close-mindedness. i have to say i am glad i learned german natively, though - english is easy to pick up, but learning german as a foreign language is something i imagine to be not that easy.
You're absolutely right. Any foreign language can be difficult to learn, but thankfully A) I had an awesome teacher and B) Quite a bit of the vocabulary is very similar to english, and vice versa.
gekitsu Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah, a good teacher is worth a lot in learning languages. :) still, i find english to have a really simple basic structure. you dont need to know much to say/write something that sounds quite good. (see hemingway and his very simple prose as an extreme point)
german, on the other hand, seems to be much more intricate, and with a lot more "subdivisions" of things than english. its like you have a whole new set of tools and learned to talk without them beforehand.

still, you are absolutely right - at a basic level, the languages are related. i tried dabbling in arabic and found it incredibly interesting, but also really alien and counterintuitive. (verbs are built from a root of three consonants - that root carries the meaning. patterns of vowels between those consonants, doubling of consonants, prefixes and suffixes make a modular set of inflections of that meaning: k-t-b is the root for everything pertaining to 'reading', so you form all verb forms from that, as well as words like 'book' and 'library'. its like we can just change 'scaling' into 'upscaling' and know what it means - just for really wide families of words: reading, that-which-is-read, reading-place, that-which-must-be-read...)
Very nice, A pursuit I myself have considered. I own a wooden recurve and would like to use it as a model to craft a second. How does it perform?
gekitsu Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i havent had some extended shooting sessions with it yet, but if the few test shots are an indicator, it should do quite fine. sadly, i dont have access to a chronometer, so i cant go and make it spit out a few numbers for you. :(

as for dabbling in bowyery: judging from the photos of your kayak, making a bow should not pose a big problem for your craftmanship. i guess there is a bit of specialized knowledge to it, so id propose you do some solid reading around, and you should be set. :) since this is my first bow, id say choose something simpler than a recurve for the beginning - as i see it, the crucial part of making a bow is to closely monitor how bend in the limb develops.
first, whether you get any bend where it should bend at all (every 2x4 will bend in the handle, its just a matter of how hard you press down), and then, look at it at continually higher draw length and draw weight, check whether it bends evenly, with no weak spots and no stiff parts, until you whittled it down enough to have a finished bow at your desired draw weight and length.
recurving the tips adds one more variable to the mix that has the potential of throwing off proper judgment of whether it bends correctly or not: for a limb part to hold a steam-bent shape, it needs to be a little thicker than the unsteamed parts, so it might be difficult in the beginning, before steaming, to judge the state of your work correctly. but then, who dares, wins. thats just my approach of trying to isolate new things to learn so that i dont have to juggle several unknowns at once.

in terms of reading, i recommend, george tsoukalas site: [link] and basically everywhere where people talk about making bows. the traditional bowyers bible books are also really really great. i recommend them all, but volumes 1 and 4 might be the most important for starting out.
bear48 Jul 20, 2012  Professional
sweet job
gekitsu Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i saw in your gallery you make drums. could it be you too are interested in primitive skills?
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