I got a Lewis Hollow Archery recurve last month. It was a demo bow from a dealer. The bow had a problem with the back overlays on the riser; in a couple of spots the overlays were lifting. It did not effect the shooting characteristics of the bow and the dealer offered it to me at a price I couldn't say no to. What a shooter she is.
I got in contact with Chris Sparks the bowyer. ( http://www.lewishollowarchery.com ) I always do that when I buy a used bow. I like to talk about the design, how long they have been making bows, brace height suggestions, and such. What a nice, mild mannered man. Chris offered to fix the overlays for free!!!! Way cool. I asked him since he was going to have to refinish the bow if he could modify the grip for me. I offered to pay for that. He agreed to modify the grip and I sent out a take down riser for him to match. Chris turned the bow around in 10 days!!! That included shipping time. He also modified the grip for free; in which he match my sent riser perfectly. Talk about great customer service!!!!
So, I got the bow back last week and I got to shoot it a bunch this past weekend. I am not a writer or some guy with eloquent (i used spell check for that word) words but I figured I'd write a little review.
The bow: Lewis Hollow Archery (LHA) 1 pc recurve. 60" 49# @28" Zebra wood riser, carbon cored with sandwiching bamboo limbs and clear glass. Back and belly riser overlays of (I think) , Blood wood, Paduk, and Zebra wood. String: 14 strand flemish Dacron. Brace height: 7 1/2" I did not scale this bow but compared to my other 45-51# bows, the 49# seems accurate. I used 29" 1916's with both 125 gr and 175 gr heads and 29" Beman ICS 500 camo hunters with 175 gr heads and a 25 gr home made adapter.
The grip was modified for my liking; it matches my Robertson T/D recurve. So it feels sweet. Perfect hand placement creating a locked and loaded position. I feel the early pre-load of the limbs. Nothing mushy, nothing harsh. The draw back to approx 29" is smooth and consistent. I draw to about 29" then settle back to my anchor of 28" ish. There is a slight feel of handshock, no more than any other recurve I have shot with Dacron. I did put a high performance string on her and the handshock disappeared like I knew it would; it also sent the arrow a bit faster. But I like dacron.
The bow is light in the hand yet not overly light. It's the first Zebra wood bow I've had. At first I didn't like the lightness of the color, but it has grown on me and I'm liking it more and more each day. I can envision it disappearing in the woods. And who can not like the look of bamboo through clear glass? The bow is stable through out the draw, no limb twitching here. The bow is also stable upon release of the string. I tried the brace as low as 7" and felt it a bit unforgiving. As I moved the brace up, 7 1/2" became evident of the sweet spot. I have no problem hitting where I aim her. I do not have a chrono, but in comparing my LHA recurve with my other bows; she's plenty fast. I would dare say the fastest of my herd. The bow is nice and quiet with Dacron. With the high performance string it was a bit noisier; more high pitch sound than the low rubble of Dacron.
Bottom line........for me: this is a Smooth, Accurate, Quiet, Hard hitting 1 pc recurve. One, I'm sure that will stick around for a long time.
For those that are interested; Chris states on his website a "Try Before You Buy" program. You gotta love that.
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TGMM Brotherhood of the Bow Posts: 1976 | From: Northwest Vermont | Registered: Mar 2003
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Joe, I have been saying the same thing for a year now. I am not sure that you will meet a nicer guy. I have been around Chris quite a few times and he is as steady as they come. He builds some of the smoothest shooting one piece recurve I have ever shot. Congratulations on your new bow. fishmerf
Posts: 248 | From: Ohio | Registered: Dec 2003
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Although I didn't get the chance to shoot Merf's bow, I did hold and draw his Lewis Hollow and it was a nice piece of work. With many established bowyers out there, it is still nice to see a new guy develop his skills and get some good PR. From what Shane told me, Chris is a gentleman to deal with as well.
-------------------- Doubt is a traitor that makes us lose what we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. Shakespeare Posts: 3279 | From: Sparta, MI | Registered: Mar 2003
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i recently purchased a 1 piece from Chris,man what a bow, and a great bowyer to deal with also! i have found my "needle in a haystack" so to speak. i couldnt be happier with a bow,60" 59#@29"(my draw length) shoots like a dream, fast quiet and most of all ACCURATE........what more could you want? after shooting trad for 6 years , my confidence has really grown with this bow........ you cant go wrong.........
-------------------- if your not living on the edge,your taking up too much room!! MEMBER-K.T.B.A. Posts: 1977 | From: KENTUCKY | Registered: Mar 2003
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