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Sam Harper
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I won't bore you with the details of shaping the tips and handles. I have a video series showing how I do that if you're interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY911kAHU1Q&list=PL66EAAA8FA3ED0C0E

My handle shapes have been evolving over the last year, though. I used to only put a contour right below the arrow shelf. Now, I've found that if I narrow the back end a little, too, it feels more comfortable. It enhances the palm swell. This is my first time making the back contour go all the way around, creating kind of a bulb-shaped handle.

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Here's a couple of pictures of the tip (before sanding).

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Once I got everything shaped the way I wanted, I sanded everything down to 400 grit. Then I used some white India Ink and a fountain pen I got at Michaels to write on it. I used white with the idea that when the Osage begins to darken, the white will be more visible.

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I used to use a sharpie because it was easy, but it was also fat, bulky, and ugly. Then I read a thread where Eric Krewson recommended acrylic ink and a fountain pen, so I went and got some at Michaels. I found it difficult to write with. I got black for lighter wood and silver for darker wood. I could not get the silver to work at all, which is why I got this white India Ink. The black worked, but it was difficult. I don't know if the problem is with the pen, the ink, or me. I got a really fine pen because I wanted to be able to write small, but it grabs when I try to write with it, and it's just difficult to write smoothly.

I used to put on a few layers of finish, then the writing, then the last layer. That way, it would be easy to get off if I needed to without removing wood. But I decided this time that since I struggle so much with writing, I'd try to write on bare wood and see if it was any easier. It wasn't. I couldn't get it to write at all at first. Then I found that if I shook the pen until some white ink dropped out of it, it would write a little. It was a mess.

I called the bow "Robin" since Robin gave me the bamboo. Besides, I like that name.

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Next, I'll put a finish on it.

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lovely bow Sam, you do great work!
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Sam Harper
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Thanks, bigbog2!

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Very nice work Sam - thanks for posting. Love those tips!

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nice job sam

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This is my first post on TradGang. I've really enjoyed lurking and following this build-along. Beautiful bow, and great presentation of the process, Sam. Thanks very much.
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Great looking bow and build along!
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Hi Sam, please do give us an update on the performance, speed when using this "hard" boo...

for those who are interested, here are some of the boo i harvested.

Pic of mature boo, i normally scrap off the rind to confirm that it is mature boo before harvest.


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all stacked up and ready for air drying
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Sam Harper
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I don't have a chronometer, Robin, but I'll do some comparing and contrasting with my other bow similar to this one and say what I think. I have yet to shoot this bow from full draw. It'll be tomorrow before I put the final coat of finish on it.

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Very nice Sam! You have a whole lot of talent my friend...

When I first started, my drive was all about getting a bow that shot really well that I could be proud of. Since I have accomplished that, my drive has decreased a a tad...well, with the accomplishment and the fact that I am moving and trying to adjust to a new place...anyway..

It's people like you that swoop in and save the day..I get on here and read this thread and it gives me inspiration to clear out a spot in the new place and get back to work!!

Thanks for your efforts and for sharing Sam. God Bless.

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Don't sell your wood or tools, Mike! I got burned out on making bows for a few years, then the bug bit me again. There are so many designs throughout history that there's always something new to try.

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No fear of that Sam! My tools aren't going anywhere!
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Last night and today, I put a finish on it. I didn't take any pictures. I'll just give you a brief explanation of what I did.

I used what used to be called "Thunderbird," but is now called "Kwick Klean Sealer." According to 3 Rivers Archery, "starts out as a lacquer and dries to a tough polyurethane," which means it dries quickly on any oily wood.

I got some PreVal sprayers, which you can buy with or without jars. I got a couple with jars so I could mix my stuff. I put 80% Thunderbird and 20% lacquer thinner in there, then sprayed three coats of the glossy finish, waiting 12 minutes between coats. Bob Sarrels told me the glossy stuff is harder and more durable than the satin.

He also told me it takes about six hours for it to convert to a polyurethane, so it's important to put all the coats on within that time. I let it do its thing over night, and this morning, I put one coat of Satin polyurethane from a spray can. I got the Minwax fast-drying polyurethane. I'm not sure if it's still available, but Bob told me I could also use Rustoleum Ultra Cover Matte Clear. I'm going to get some of that as soon as I run out of the Minwax.

And that's it for the finish. I'm working on a handle wrap right now. I'll post pictures later when I'm done.

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Excellent job Sam as mentioned on the other site, I would like to get a few pieces of The bamboo preferably some that hasnt had the rind scraped off. Its definitely not the same stuff as wingnut used to sell, his was alot thinner and the power fibers were tighter.
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Sam Harper
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Thanks, J.D. I sent you an email.

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