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Project by mtnwild posted 09-28-2008 10:36 PM 33309 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend was talking about bow racks one day and got me thinking . This is what I came up with. Been using the arrow head design for antler mounts so transferred the idea to the rack. The design changed as I built it. Was going to put in more antlers for more bows, however discovered one set was good. The quilted maple piece was a gift from a friend . I had never seen a piece like this before. I had to split it to fit the rack, then backed it with extra wood to make it thick enough to drill for the arrows. Love walnut, so most of my work involves walnut. Had no idea what I was doing. New to real fine wood work I just went for it. Sculpting wood , dovetail joints , laminating, re sawing, fitting, WOW, It took what seemed forever. Oh yea, no plans. Drew some up as I went, when I was stumped. Would keep working right up to points where I didn’t know what I’d do next. Then I’d have to figure it out. Like how I was going to mount the cabinets to the backstop. Well, I had the little round feather piece , there in the middle. I’d made that years before for kicks, It’s been hanging around so I drilled holes through the quilted maple and attached the cabinets with bolts, then put velcrow on the back and stuck it over the bolt holes. That’s how they are attached. It all comes apart except the cabinet unit. Door hinges, are barrel hinges. Door knobs are shaped antler. Feathers are turkey.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#1 posted 09-28-2008 10:45 PM

fantastic!! The design is amazing. Very powerful piece.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 09-28-2008 11:13 PM

Super! Thanks!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 09-29-2008 03:35 AM

Awesome. I was an avid bow hunter and have had the pleasure of taking 2 bull elk. I would have loved this for my bow. Now I live in SoCal and never get to go :( Keep up the great work and good luck hunting!

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 09-29-2008 03:55 AM

Not a hunter myself. Had to borrow some friends arrows , the bow is mine, haven’t shot it in forty years. Made the rack by inspiration. Always wanted to shoot but never got the chance. Had to do something after I retired so I made a bow rack? Go figure. Anyway I love it and there it is. LOL.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 09-29-2008 04:56 AM

Nice looking bow rack. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 09-29-2008 07:10 AM

That goes wayyyyyyyyyyy beyond ‘rack’. What a beautifully designed bow display.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#7 posted 10-03-2008 11:49 AM

Lots of craftsmanship and artisanship in that piece. It looks fantastic! The design is very unique and compatable with it’s purpose. Thanks for the post.

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#8 posted 04-09-2009 05:58 PM

This is an outstanding display of your artistry and craft. Everything here has a reason, aesthetically as well as functionally. Great work.

-- "When was the last time you did something special for your gun?"

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#9 posted 11-09-2009 02:40 PM

I love this. My husband does bow hunt and we have a pretty nice collection of arrows heads too Thanks for the ideas.

-- Janice

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#10 posted 11-16-2009 04:51 AM

Jack I have to say I looked at all your projects this evening and am inspired by your creativity. I feel humbled to have met you today as I see your art work, was fun at the carvers show today with you & Topamax!

-- $tudie

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#12 posted 08-10-2010 05:56 AM

Very creative I really like the arrow head shape on the rack and the mounts in the corners. I might have to try that this session. Thanks for sharing.

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#13 posted 12-27-2011 06:11 PM

Hello MtnWild -
Can you make me one of these? I joined this site, just so i can give you my information to see if you or anyone else can make me one.
I LOVE this Bow rack, its freaking amazing….
Email address: [email protected]

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#14 posted 12-28-2011 04:26 AM

Hey, Thanks….....We’ll talk…...........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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