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Just recently found out about this site from a podcast. I’ve been making and hunting with self bows for the last few years. So far I I’ve only killed opossums, a raccoon, a rabbit. I mainly use hickory wood, hence the user name. I live in SW Arkansas.
 

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welcome to the forum. since you are a selfbow guy, do you shoot wood arrows?
I shoot mostly DAS bows & ILF warfs...... I would not know how to start to build bows. A friend of mine makes them. His bows rattle my teeth. Not being critical.
 

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No, I mostly shoot carbons, for ease of tuning and for changing points quick and easy. But I do have some river cane that I plan on making some arrows with. I haven’t built any bows heavier than 45 LB and I haven’t really had a problem with hand shock as long as I get the brace height right, but that may be different with heavier bows. I’ve never shot a laminated recurve or longbow so I don’t know how the shoot either.
 

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Welcome. Building a selfbow is something I plan to do, but not yet have done. Have heard that hickory is a good choice to start with.
 

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Thanks! You should definitely do it. Yes, hickory is very good for a beginner. I know the the tiller on some of my bows have not been perfect but I have not had one of the hickory ones break. Now eastern red cedar, that’s a different story. If they have a weak spot, they will explode.
 

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Here’s my latest hickory bow. This one is for a friend. It pulls about 45lbs at 28”.
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Looks like fine work to me. What's going on with the inlay piece at the shelf? I can't quite make that out and am not familiar enough with self bows to infer what you're doing there. Do you have pics before the grip went on?

P.S. Indeed, welcome!
 

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That bow is very pleasing to look at. I bet it’s fun to shoot. Welcome to the forum.
I’m just curious, how big of a tree did that bow come from? Is it shaped out of a stave that’s 1/4 of a trunk, or something else?
Just collecting info for down the road :).
 

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Thanks all! The handle is all hickory, so I think what your thinking is an inlay at the shelf is a piece of antler that is glued on to widen the shelf. Is kinda a design I came up with. I cut a shelf in about halfway and glue a piece of antler on to make it the full width I want.
As far as how big of a tree it came from, I don’t remember on this bow. But I generally use staves that are 1/2 to 1/6 of a tree. But 1/4 of a tree is usually the standard.
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Welcome Hickory. That is a nice self bow you made. I tried my hand at it a long time ago. In fact, I took a one day class from a guy named Keller, can't remember his first name. Still have that Osage bow I made that day and it shoots ok but is just a wall hanger now. I also made a few ash bows too. Still have a couple and traded one off. Keep up the good work.
 
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