Anyone can glue on some tip overlays and shape them into a suitable bow limb tip, but do they look good? As a graphic designer, I’m always interested in making my bows look good and have good proportions. This applies especially to the limb tips.
When I started making bows, I had to order finished bow laminations and overlays from a bow making supplier because I didn’t have a thickness sander. Even though buying prepared laminations was faster and easier, the problem was that I had to order everything I needed one or two weeks before starting the bow. Also, if I didn’t order enough lams or the right ones, or…smack me with an arrow shaft…I broke a lamination, then I wouldn’t have enough lams or overlays to complete the bow and production would come to a screeching stop. Continue reading →
I’ve often admired all of the different types of exotic knife scales for sale at Ebay, and I’ve always thought that they would be the perfect size for use on longbow tips. So, I figured that I would get some and give them a try on my next longbow project. Recently, while I was shopping around Ebay to see if I could find any decent deals on bow materials or exotic wood blocks, I did a little search for knife scales and found a couple of sets that I think will work well. I found this nice retro-looking pair of mint green, linen micarta scales and this nicely figured pair of water buffalo horn scales and put down some fair bids in hopes that I would win. Continue reading →
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