Recurve Bow

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Project by bowyer posted 06-28-2009 06:50 PM 10346 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first 3 piece take down recurve I made for my youngest daughter 2 years ago. Untill then I only made self bows. The riser (Handle section) is Purple Heart, Wenge and white phenolic. The limbs are Purple heart , carbon fiber and black glass laminations. The carbon fiber keeps the limbs from developing “string set” and limb twist. The limb tip and tail overlays are Purple Heart and white phenolic. The string was made with B-50 Dacron. The arrow pictured is one of the dozen I made for Cyndis’ new bow. They are Port Orford Ceder stained with a single coat of a leather stain called ox blood a white cap dip with pink and white feathers and graduated pink cresting bands. The bow is 60” and draws 38# @ 28”. Finish is Spar Urethane. Before I built this bow my knowledge of wood was limited to the woods found in North America, so when Cyndi asked if I could build her a “pretty ” bow I said sure , pick a color that naturally occures in nature. Stupid me!! She found a site that had pink ivory and purple heart. She picked purple heart after she found out the cost of a piece of pink ivory that was free of defects measuring 2” x 4” x 21 ”. Man was I lucky Purple is a close second in her favorite color list.

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#1 posted 06-28-2009 06:52 PM

That is sweet. Thanks for posting.

-- Rusty

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#2 posted 06-28-2009 06:56 PM

beautiful bow !
the places our curiosity ,
and our big mouths ,
take us !

very nice work ,
i’ll bet she loves it !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 06-28-2009 06:59 PM


--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 06-28-2009 07:34 PM

Beautiful well done

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#5 posted 06-28-2009 09:22 PM

Nice shaping, beautiful wood, really nice!

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

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#6 posted 06-28-2009 10:20 PM

My turn to say WOW and I didn’t have to bend over LOL
Amazing work.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 06-29-2009 02:14 AM

Beautiful job, The finish looks great. Any details on the finish?

-- Keith, Bolingbrook, Illinois. The way I figure it I only have the rest of my life to get good at this...

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Occie gilliam

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#8 posted 06-29-2009 02:58 AM

Nice work Bowyer, i dont think ive seen purple heart used for a better reason than this.

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you [email protected]

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#9 posted 06-29-2009 03:38 AM

You did it alright. A pretty bow. Your grandkids will treasure this.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#10 posted 06-29-2009 10:06 AM

One fine bow to be proud of. You did a beautiful job on this bow. I am sure your daughter was pleased. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 06-29-2009 03:24 PM

Very cool bowl, whose ever it is. Know what the pound draw it is.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 06-29-2009 03:34 PM

Wow! That is very cool. A handmade bow for you daughter is awesome and a beautiful choice of woods.

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#13 posted 06-30-2009 05:34 AM

Thank you one and all for your responses!! Jockmike2 the bow pulls 38# @ 28”, My daughters draw lengnth is 27” so shes pulling 35#.
Keith the finish is bullseye sealer 3 coats with 3 coats spar urethane.


-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#14 posted 10-07-2009 09:44 PM

Another great project. You obviously have a decent supply of Purple Heart wood where you are… It is one of the nicest looking woods when done up right and you seem to have the knack for it… Great work…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#15 posted 10-07-2009 09:53 PM

Beautiful work…..

I’ve seen quite a few bowstaves on Ebay…some are purpleheart…alot are osage….but none are inexpensive…..I always wondered how they would look completed? Since I have never looked into making one…I don’t know the first thing about the techniques involved.

Not being an archery afficianado does not limit my admiration for beautiful craftsmanship….again…well done!

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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