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Bvas
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I purchased this early 70s bow off the big auction site. I knew that site holes had been drilled in the riser, and was ok with that........ until the bow arrived. Then I decided to put my skills to the test and try to hide the holes. From there it turned into a full blown customization. I haven't got pics of all the phases, but here are before and afters of the inlay to get ya started [Wink]
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what wood di you use for the inlay- very nicely done
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I like the grain matching of the inlay.

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Nice!

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Very nice. I would love to see a build along with a project like this.
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Bvas
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Thanks guys.
The wood is actually apple from a log that I had saved for use in a smoker. The inlay is outlined in wood putty that I dyed black. My wood carving skills weren't as good as I hoped [Roll Eyes] I had tried using sandings from the bow and super glue to fill voids, but just didn't like the final look.

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That turned out nice. It's a lot harder to do than it might seem at the beginning. [Smile]
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Bvas
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Alrighty got some more pics taken and loaded up.
The bow came with a plastic stick on rest. Even though they can be accurate, I much prefer to shoot off the shelf. So the second step was to crown the arrow shelf.
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It's hard to see in the pics, but at the same time the handle also got narrowed with the cut in of a light thumb rest.
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I had thought about trying my hand at checkering or stippling the grip, but I wasn't sure I'd like the extra texture. I wanted something with a little texture, but not a whole bunch. So this is what I came up.
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Bvas
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The final step was to dress up the tips. So I fired up the belt sander and a chainsaw file and went to town. Again I got into the stash of apple wood. All three lams are from the same cut of wood. However, the middle lam I soaked in black ink for a couple of days. It didn't soak up as much color as I hoped(that apple is pretty hard stuff), but still gave a good contrast.
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Nice work!
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Nice details, to call it your own. [Cool]
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Bvas
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Thanks guys.
I think it turned out pretty good for a "practice" project. This was the first time I did an inlay, crowned and shaped a riser, and my first set of tips. I have refinished a couple bows before. And I've done some simple wood burning, but never on a contoured surface. That added a degree of difficulty I didn't expect.
The old Black Hawk Avenger has been renamed the Black Hawk Re-venger, as it has been re-built and re-finished.

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Great stuff

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