crookedbow Photos & Videos

2 months ago

Here are 3 out of the 4! It was getting dark and thought it best to head back to the house. I christened my @hoytbowhunting #redwrx in tonight by stalking pigs 280 yards in the field behind our house. Rachel got it on camera from the house and will post soon. I shot 4 and killed 4. My furthest shot was 37 yards and my closest was 10. Talk about an adrenaline rush! Especially when cows are in the mixture 🤣 We don't need no camo!!!! Lol go watch our story for the recoveries. #bow #bowhunting #bowandarrow #bowhunter #pighunting #wildpigs #hog #hoghunting #wildhogs #archery #spotandstalk #hoyt #getseriousgethoyt #whatgetsyououtdoors #iamsportsman

753
4 months ago

After breaking a several new bows in a row, I figured it was time to take my old one out and get some practice in.  I made up some of these heavy and slow maple arrows with bark skirts and wooden points in hopes of using them with a more powerful bow, but this little crooked piece of vine maple still got them to their targets when I did my part. Lighter salmonberry shafts and leaf fletched arrows definitely fly faster and straighter, but I don’t get nearly as many shots with them before they start breaking down, so I went with this design in hopes of getting more practice time in. One of the three arrows was flying erratically so I set it aside and had fun sending the other two at stumps.  There was a mix of sun, hail, and rain while I was out there and I did notice the shafts softening up a bit as they got wet again, but not so bad that I couldn’t keep shooting. I’ll get started on another bow again soon, but breaking three has me appreciating this one for now. #gosuckatsomething #learnbydoing #archerylessons #heavyarrows #maplearrows #vinemaplebow    #crookedbow #beginnerbow #selfbow #stickbow #primitivebow    #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #beautifulpnw    #woodpoints    #primitiveskills #traditionalskills #naturalarrows #primitivearrows #survivalbow #crudebow #huntergatherer #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survival #thatvinemaplethough #bcusa

1.5k8
4 months ago

After breaking a several new bows in a row, I figured it was time to take my old one out and get some practice in.  I made up some of these heavy and slow maple arrows with bark skirts and wooden points in hopes of using them with a more powerful bow, but this little crooked piece of vine maple still got them to their targets when I did my part. Lighter salmonberry shafts and leaf fletched arrows definitely fly faster and straighter, but I don’t get nearly as many shots with them before they start breaking down, so I went with this design in hopes of getting more practice time in. One of the three arrows was flying erratically so I set it aside and had fun sending the other two at stumps.  There was a mix of sun, hail, and rain while I was out there and I did notice the shafts softening up a bit as they got wet again, but not so bad that I couldn’t keep shooting. I’ll get started on another bow again soon, but breaking three has me appreciating this one for now. #gosuckatsomething #learnbydoing #archerylessons #heavyarrows #maplearrows #vinemaplebow    #crookedbow #beginnerbow #selfbow #stickbow #primitivebow    #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #beautifulpnw    #woodpoints    #primitiveskills #traditionalskills #naturalarrows #primitivearrows #survivalbow #crudebow #huntergatherer #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survival #thatvinemaplethough #bcusa

69013
4 months ago

5 hour lesson in handle thickness; the next one will be thicker.  This piece of big leaf maple that I cut yesterday had more knots in it than I originally noticed, so I did my best to carve around most of them. This left the thinned out handle portion too thin to handle the strain, and it snapped on me.  While this was obviously frustrating,  I was kind of expecting it and got to laugh at the snap instead of swearing.  It’s not the first bow I’ve screwed up, and it won’t be the last. #gosuckatsomething #learnfromfailure #brokenbow #newbowyer #bigleafmaple    #crookedbow #beginnerbow #selfbow #stickbow #primitivebow    #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #keepemdry #beautifulpnw    #barkfletching    #primitiveskills #traditionalskills #naturalarrows #primitivearrows #naturalmaterials #naturalcordage #survivalbow #crudebow #huntergatherer #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survival #bcusa

1.1k45
5 months ago

First soapstone point.  I think I found a promising new material for stone points in this soapstone.  It isn’t as common as the slate that I’ve been playing with, and doesn’t take quite as nice of an edge, but it is much less prone to shattering, which makes it easier to work with and hopefully more durable in use. I found that I could peck away at it across the center lines to cause it to break in a predictable pattern, giving me the potential to get four small points out of this one flat stone.  I ground this one down on river rocks before mounting it into a salmonberry shaft with some pitch glue with roots to bind it. For the sake of time I went with the split rear fletching, and used some fresh bitter cherry bark in that role, with strips of bark holding the rear end together. I want to save this and some other stone points for meat testing, so I only took a few shots to make sure the arrow flew straight, and the whole system seemed to work reasonably well; with predictable flight and no failures. The fact that slate is so much easier to find means that I’ll likely go back to it most of the time, but this material does have what appears to be some real advantages, so I will be keeping my eye out for more of it. #soapstonepoint #soapstonearrowhead #gosuckatsomething #keepemdry #pitchglue #vinemaplebow    #crookedbow #beginnerbow #selfbow #stickbow #primitivebow    #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #beautifulpnw    #barkfletching    #primitiveskills #traditionalskills #naturalarrows #primitivearrows #naturalmaterials #naturalcordage #survivalbow #crudebow #huntergatherer #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survival #thatvinemaplethough #bcusa

1.1k17
5 months ago

Some assembly required.  I found a promising new material for stone points in this soapstone.  It isn’t as common as the slate that I’ve been playing with, and doesn’t take quite as nice of an edge, but it is much less prone to shattering, which makes it easier to work with and hopefully more durable in use. I found that I could peck away at it across the center lines to cause it to break in a predictable pattern, giving me the potential to get four small points out of this one flat stone.  I ground this one down on river rocks before mounting it into a salmonberry shaft with some pitch glue with roots to bind it. For the sake of time I went with the split rear fletching, and used some fresh bitter cherry bark in that role, with strips of bark holding the rear end together. I want to save this and some other stone points for meat testing, so I only took a few shots to make sure the arrow flew straight, and the whole system seemed to work reasonably well; with predictable flight and no failures. The fact that slate is so much easier to find means that I’ll likely go back to it most of the time, but this material does have what appears to be some real advantages, so I will be keeping my eye out for more of it. #soapstonepoint #soapstonearrowhead #gosuckatsomething #keepemdry #pitchglue #vinemaplebow    #crookedbow #beginnerbow #selfbow #stickbow #primitivebow    #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #beautifulpnw    #barkfletching    #primitiveskills #traditionalskills #naturalarrows #primitivearrows #naturalmaterials #naturalcordage #survivalbow #crudebow #huntergatherer #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survival #thatvinemaplethough #bcusa

1.5k26
5 months ago

These arrows were heavy and slow, but gave me a good lesson in elevation and distance yesterday.  I had tried big leaf maple sucker arrow shafts once before, but that was near the beginning of my archery experiments; before I learned the value of drying the shafts with heat. @forge_to_field recently reminded me that they could be an option so I cut a few and picked the closest matching pair to make a couple of arrows.  I have been focusing a lot on making lighter arrows lately and think I may have gone a bit too far in that direction with my last few batches, so I opted to play around with some heavier ones this time. I chose thick shafts, made larger wooden points, and didn’t skimp on the bark for the skirts.  There was a noticeable drop off in speed, but I think some of this was also due to the fact that I swapped out my tarred bankline bow string before heading out.  I figured I’d rather change it than have it break, but unfortunately, being made of nylon, the new string stretched a lot.  I didn’t notice until it was time to unstring the bow, but the stretch had raised the brace height by almost an inch, so I think these would have had more speed without that handicap. Still these heavier arrows made good teaching aids.  They really showed me how much of a variable weight and speed can be when gauging elevation.  They flew great and windage wasn’t much of an issue, but with the flu flu skirts and weight, they slowed down a lot at distance, so getting that elevation dialed in was really interesting. I will be trying these maple shoots again, but with a thinner diameter.  They are almost as easy to find as salmonberry stalks, but much more likely to be relatively straight to begin with; so if skinnier ones will hold up, these might be a great option. Hitting my camera stick was eye opening too.  It’s not the first time I’ve done this; in fact it’s probably the sixth.  However, this time I noticed myself glance at it just as I released the shot.  Since I’m not actually aiming these arrows, this was kind of a eureka moment this time; and a reminder to keep focused on the target until the arrow stops.

1.2k15
5 months ago

These arrows were heavy and slow, but gave me a good lesson in elevation and distance yesterday.  I had tried big leaf maple sucker arrow shafts once before, but that was near the beginning of my archery experiments; before I learned the value of drying the shafts with heat. @forge_to_field recently reminded me that they could be an option so I cut a few and picked the closest matching pair to make a couple of arrows.  I have been focusing a lot on making lighter arrows lately and think I may have gone a bit too far in that direction with my last few batches, so I opted to play around with some heavier ones this time. I chose thick shafts, made larger wooden points, and didn’t skimp on the bark for the skirts.  There was a noticeable drop off in speed, but I think some of this was also due to the fact that I swapped out my tarred bankline bow string before heading out.  I figured I’d rather change it than have it break, but unfortunately, being made of nylon, the new string stretched a lot.  I didn’t notice until it was time to unstring the bow, but the stretch had raised the brace height by almost an inch, so I think these would have had more speed without that handicap. Still these heavier arrows made good teaching aids.  They really showed me how much of a variable weight and speed can be when gauging elevation.  They flew great and windage wasn’t much of an issue, but with the flu flu skirts and weight, they slowed down a lot at distance, so getting that elevation dialed in was really interesting. I will be trying these maple shoots again, but with a thinner diameter.  They are almost as easy to find as salmonberry stalks, but much more likely to be relatively straight to begin with; so if skinnier ones will hold up, these might be a great option. Hitting my camera stick was eye opening too.  It’s not the first time I’ve done this; in fact it’s probably the sixth.  However, this time I noticed myself glance at it just as I released the shot.  Since I’m not actually aiming these arrows, this was kind of a eureka moment this time; and a reminder to keep focused on the target until the arrow stops.

71819
5 months ago

Primitive guided missile.  It still counts right?  I made up a couple of what appeared to be identical arrows, with the only difference being the shaft material.  The one I made out of salmonberry flew nice and straight, while the dogwood arrow flew…uh... like this. #primitiveguidedmissile #primitivetechnology #illtakeit #countit #gosuckatsomething #vinemaplebow    #crookedbow #beginnerbow #selfbow #stickbow #primitivebow    #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #beautifulpnw    #woodpoints    #primitiveskills #traditionalskills #naturalarrows #primitivearrows #survivalbow #crudebow #huntergatherer #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survival #thatvinemaplethough #bcusa

89438
5 months ago

Learning lessons in the rain.  I took these thinner salmonberry arrows out to shoot some stumps, and I suspect that I need to stick with the thicker shafts in the future.  One thing about using natural materials out in nature is that there are always a ton of variables to keep things interesting. Just like with fire, the materials, prep, dimensions, conditions, and the operator all come into play and sorting them all out is a giant puzzle that keeps me coming back.  I had high hopes for these arrows after one of them shot well for me yesterday, but I could barely hit anything out there today. While I did notice them softening up significantly after the first ten minutes in the rain, they were pretty dry for the first shots and still didn’t fly well, with one snapping right away.  I’m in no position to critique my own form (feel free though), but I know from previous outings that blaming missing entirely on an arrow is foolish.  I’m sure I screwed up a lot of shots but I’m also sure I’d rather have my last batch of arrows. The arrows got softer, and my shooting got sloppier so they all disappeared into the bushes over the course of an hour or so. Repositioning the camera in the rain with makeshift cover over it was too much of a pain to keep setting up so I quit filming and focused on shooting.  I did notice that the soaked bow didn’t seem to slow down despite being completely untreated.  I am curious to see if it will have any negative long term effects, and and totally willing to ruin this one to find out. I think thicker arrows would have probably also held up longer in the rain, but one big lesson I learned today is that I need protection for my arrows in this wet environment.  I am going to play around with adding some sort of pitch solution to the shafts, and a bark quiver with a rain flap next. Despite the disappointing results, I still had fun running around in the rain.  If there is one good thing about looking for lost arrows, it’s that it forces you slow down and notice all the details of the forest floor.  I saw lots of deer sign, and every dead stump was sporting shiny new fungi.  Another beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest.

1.3k34
5 months ago

I told you there would be arrows.  I made this set out of some thinner shafts, hoping to bring the weight down for more speed.  I took the thinnest of the four and took a few test shots; and so far so good. I’ll take these out stump thumping tomorrow to see how they do. These are salmonberry shafts, dried and straightened as best as I could, with stepped hardenened vine maple tips, black cottonwood flu flu skirts, western cedar root binding up front for strength and weight, and cedar bark holding the back ends together. I can see how these posts might be getting repetitive for you guys, but repetition is what it takes to get competent at something and I’m just putting in the time; practicing, experimenting, and trying to improve. #gosuckatsomething    #salmonberryarrows #pnwmaterials #vinemaplebow    #crookedbow #beginnerbow #selfbow #stickbow #primitivebow #flatbow #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #bowmaking #woodpoints #bowyer #primitiveskills #traditionalskills #naturalarrows #primitivearrows #survivalbow #crudebow #huntergatherer #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survival #thatvinemaplethough #bcusa

3.2k62
5 months ago

There will be arrows.  I have gotten some questions about how I hollow out the arrow shafts to use those removeable points, and figured this photo might help clear up some of the confusion.  These salmonberry stalks have pithy centers to them, which is almost like foam and can be easily scraped out with a sharp stick. This not only makes it really easy to use those stepped points or a foreshaft, but I suspect that the light density material in the middle is what makes these such excellent arrow shafts, as the strength comes from the walls without the weight of solid wood throughout. This same property is what makes them passable hand drill spindles too, as the friction is only created around the rim during drilling, making them easier to rotate and concentrating the heat. I have seen a demonstration of and ingenious way of hollowing the tips on solid wood shafts that involve holding a pointed stone or piece of antler between your feet, and using a hand drill motion to spin the shaft over top of it.  I haven’t tried this yet, but it’s going on the list. I cut these shafts and bound them together with cedar withies to dry and hope to make a nice set of arrows to play with tomorrow. The second photo is from a previous set, just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about with the detachable points. #gosuckatsomething    #salmonberryarrows #pnwmaterials #vinemaplebow    #crookedbow #beginnerbow #selfbow #stickbow #primitivebow #flatbow #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #bowmaking #woodpoints #bowyer #primitiveskills #traditionalskills #naturalarrows #primitivearrows #survivalbow #crudebow #huntergatherer #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survival #thatvinemaplethough #bcusa

1.3k20
5 months ago

#ilkel oklar da gayet etkili olabiliyor. ... #Repost @nwprimate My best performing arrows so far!  I had heard somewhere that salmonberries make good arrow shafts, but every time I went looking, they always seemed crooked and soft.  I was hand drilling with an old dried salmonberry spindle the other day and noticed how much harder it was than the dogwood that I’ve been using for arrow shafts, so I went out and cut some to try. I spent the time to dry and straighten the best that I could and they stiffened up really nicely.  They have a small pithy center which I hollowed out at the tip to insert stepped plug wooden points.  I split the rear ends and used double rhododendron leaf fletching again, and reinforced everything with cedar root bark. Rather than putting a twist in the leaves before shooting them, I twisted and wrapped them with thin strips of bark before heading out, and the extra time forming them seemed to help them hold that shape. I went out hunting stumps and dead trees with these arrows; and while they are heavier than the dogwood shafts I use most of the time, I didn’t have any issues with the rear end of the arrows breaking. I did eventually split two of the shafts at the front end shooting at solid wood, but I think this is a superior material.  It is always much more plentiful and easy to find in my local woods, so I think these will be my go-to shafts until I find something better. #gosuckatsomething    #salmonberryarrows #pnwmaterials #vinemaplebow    #crookedbow #beginnerbow #selfbow #stickbow #primitivebow #flatbow #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #bowmaking #woodpoints #bowyer #primitiveskills #traditionalskills #naturalarrows #primitivearrows #survivalbow #crudebow #huntergatherer #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survival #thatvinemaplethough #bcusa

560
5 months ago

My best performing arrows so far!  I had heard somewhere that salmonberries make good arrow shafts, but every time I went looking, they always seemed crooked and soft.  I was hand drilling with an old dried salmonberry spindle the other day and noticed how much harder it was than the dogwood that I’ve been using for arrow shafts, so I went out and cut some to try. I spent the time to dry and straighten the best that I could and they stiffened up really nicely.  They have a small pithy center which I hollowed out at the tip to insert stepped plug wooden points.  I split the rear ends and used double rhododendron leaf fletching again, and reinforced everything with cedar root bark. Rather than putting a twist in the leaves before shooting them, I twisted and wrapped them with thin strips of bark before heading out, and the extra time forming them seemed to help them hold that shape. I went out hunting stumps and dead trees with these arrows; and while they are heavier than the dogwood shafts I use most of the time, I didn’t have any issues with the rear end of the arrows breaking. I did eventually split two of the shafts at the front end shooting at solid wood, but I think this is a superior material.  It is always much more plentiful and easy to find in my local woods, so I think these will be my go-to shafts until I find something better. #gosuckatsomething    #salmonberryarrows #pnwmaterials #vinemaplebow    #crookedbow #beginnerbow #selfbow #stickbow #primitivebow #flatbow #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #bowmaking #woodpoints #bowyer #primitiveskills #traditionalskills #naturalarrows #primitivearrows #survivalbow #crudebow #huntergatherer #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survival #thatvinemaplethough #bcusa

2.6k30
5 months ago

My best performing arrows so far!  I had heard somewhere that salmonberries make good arrow shafts, but every time I went looking, they always seemed crooked and soft.  I was hand drilling with an old dried salmonberry spindle the other day and noticed how much harder it was than the dogwood that I’ve been using for arrow shafts, so I went out and cut some to try. I spent the time to dry and straighten the best that I could and they stiffened up really nicely.  They have a small pithy center which I hollowed out at the tip to insert stepped plug wooden points.  I split the rear ends and used double rhododendron leaf fletching again, and reinforced everything with cedar root bark. Rather than putting a twist in the leaves before shooting them, I twisted and wrapped them with thin strips of bark before heading out, and the extra time forming them seemed to help them hold that shape. I went out hunting stumps and dead trees with these arrows; and while they are heavier than the dogwood shafts I use most of the time, I didn’t have any issues with the rear end of the arrows breaking. I did eventually split two of the shafts at the front end shooting at solid wood, but I think this is a superior material.  It is always much more plentiful and easy to find in my local woods, so I think these will be my go-to shafts until I find something better. #gosuckatsomething    #salmonberryarrows #pnwmaterials #vinemaplebow    #crookedbow #beginnerbow #selfbow #stickbow #primitivebow #flatbow #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #bowmaking #woodpoints #bowyer #primitiveskills #traditionalskills #naturalarrows #primitivearrows #survivalbow #crudebow #huntergatherer #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survival #thatvinemaplethough #bcusa

2.2k57
5 months ago

Playing with the fire-dried vine maple bow after some adjustments.  After the way it thoroughly bruised my forearm the other day, I knew I needed to change something or start over.  I know a lot of that is technique, and that they make arm guards for a reason, but I could still tell that something wasn’t right. A lot of the barrier to learning a new skill is learning the vocabulary well enough to recognize good advice, and I’m just beginning to pick up some of that.  For example, I set the brace height (or distance between the bow and string) really low the first time I shot it, as I was worried about flexing the limbs too far.  When I went to string the bow tighter, I felt a tiny bit of cracking on the draw, so I opted to remove some more material from the limbs before stringing it up again. This lowered the draw weight a bit, but definitely made a big difference in string slap, and it now only hits my wrist instead of elbow and forearm.  The advice I’ve gotten about keeping my arm bent slightly and tilting the bow might clear up the rest of that for me if I remember to practice it. I reworked some old split-shaft fletching dogwood arrows to test it out, and like before, they held up to a few shots before the weakness at the split caused them to fail.  They seem to warn me by flying crazy once, before breaking at the rear on the following shot.  I’m still going to work on making stronger arrows, but it is nice to know that I can get at least one good shot with them. This now seems like a workable small game bow to me, and I’m going to keep playing with it, but I can’t wait to start the next one already. #gosuckatsomething #vinemaplebow    #crookedbow #brokenarrow #beginnerbow #selfbow #stickbow #primitivebow #flatbow #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #bowmaking #bowyer #primitiveskills #traditionalskills #naturalarrow #primitivearrow #survivalbow #crudebow #huntergatherer #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survivial #thatvinemaplethough #bcusa

1.8k29
5 months ago

Playing with the fire-dried vine maple bow after some adjustments.  After the way it thoroughly bruised my forearm the other day, I knew I needed to change something or start over.  I know a lot of that is technique, and that they make arm guards for a reason, but I could still tell that something wasn’t right. A lot of the barrier to learning a new skill is learning the vocabulary well enough to recognize good advice, and I’m just beginning to pick up some of that.  For example, I set the brace height (or distance between the bow and string) really low the first time I shot it, as I was worried about flexing the limbs too far.  When I went to string the bow tighter, I felt a tiny bit of cracking on the draw, so I opted to remove some more material from the limbs before stringing it up again. This lowered the draw weight a bit, but definitely made a big difference in string slap, and it now only hits my wrist instead of elbow and forearm.  The advice I’ve gotten about keeping my arm bent slightly and tilting the bow might clear up the rest of that for me if I remember to practice it. I reworked some old split-shaft fletching dogwood arrows to test it out, and like before, they held up to a few shots before the weakness at the split caused them to fail.  They seem to warn me by flying crazy once, before breaking at the rear on the following shot.  I’m still going to work on making stronger arrows, but it is nice to know that I can get at least one good shot with them. This now seems like a workable small game bow to me and I’m going to keep playing with it, but I can’t wait to start the next one already. #gosuckatsomething #vinemaplebow    #crookedbow #brokenarrow #beginnerbow #selfbow #stickbow #primitivebow #flatbow #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #bowmaking #bowyer #primitiveskills #traditionalskills #naturalarrow #primitivearrow #survivalbow #crudebow #huntergatherer #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survivial #thatvinemaplethough #bcusa

1.4k24
5 months ago

I’m going to have to start making stronger arrows!  I took my fire-dried vine maple bow out for the first shots this morning, and it definitely has a lot more power than my last bow.  The arrow was flying noticeably faster than I’m used to so I think I’m on the right track.  Unfortunately, after a few shots the rear end of the arrow failed where it was split to hold the leaf fletching. This is obviously a weak spot, but it is such a useful method in terms of quick construction that I hope I can continue using with, with thicker shafts or stronger material.  This one was a pretty thin piece of red osier dogwood, so I won’t rule out split-shaft fletching just yet. While it definitely slings arrows with a lot of speed, this bow has some issues.  I did my best to straighten a twisted limb by heating it over the fire and bending it in a tree vice, but the string still sits really far off to one side.  That didn’t seem to affect arrow flight, but I was getting smacked by the string pretty good.  I didn't string it very tight for fear of breaking it, so brace height on this is really low, which may have more to do with it. I might just need to remove more material from the limbs. I’m not sure if I’ll put the time in trying to make adjustments to this one, or just move on and make a better one, but this has already been a great learning experience so I’m way ahead; even if this bow just ends up in a pile. #gosuckatsomething #vinemaplebow    #crookedbow #brokenarrow #beginnerbow #selfbow #stickbow #primitivebow #flatbow #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #bowmaking #bowyer #primitiveskills #traditionalskills #naturalarrow #primitivearrow #survivalbow #crudebow #huntergatherer #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survivial #thatvinemaplethough #bcusa

1.2k31
5 months ago

I’m going to have to start making stronger arrows!  I took my fire-dried vine maple bow out for the first shots this morning, and it definitely has a lot more power than my last bow.  The arrow was flying noticeably faster than I’m used to so I think I’m on the right track.  Unfortunately, after a few shots the rear end of the arrow failed where it was split to hold the leaf fletching. This is obviously a weak spot, but it is such a useful method in terms of quick construction that I hope I can continue using with, with thicker shafts or stronger material.  This one was a pretty thin piece of red osier dogwood, so I won’t rule out split-shaft fletching just yet. While it definitely slings arrows with a lot of speed, this bow has some issues.  I did my best to straighten a twisted limb by heating it over the fire and bending it in a tree vice, but the string still sits really far off to one side.  That didn’t seem to affect arrow flight, but I was getting smacked by the string pretty good.  I didn't string it very tight for fear of breaking it, so brace height on this is really low, which may have more to do with it. I might just need to remove more material from the limbs. I’m not sure if I’ll put the time in trying to make adjustments to this one, or just move on and make a better one, but this has already been a great learning experience so I’m way ahead; even if this bow just ends up in a pile. #gosuckatsomething #vinemaplebow    #crookedbow #brokenarrow #beginnerbow #selfbow #stickbow #primitivebow #flatbow #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #bowmaking #bowyer #primitiveskills #traditionalskills #naturalarrow #primitivearrow #survivalbow #crudebow #huntergatherer #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survivial #thatvinemaplethough #bcusa

2.2k60
7 months ago

sad to say the season is over🎀💓 #crookedbow

19815
9 months ago

I LOVE these kids. 💞💓 They make me smile and life wouldn't be the same without them. 😍

71
11 months ago

I can't remember the last time I was able to take a buck with my bow. It's been too long. We call him Shleven....don't ask me why lol He is a 7 pointer, with no potential to grow more which makes him a "management buck". He is not that to me, he is a trophy in my heart. It was a double lung shot at 26 yards and he ran 50 yards and dropped. A fire has been lit back up inside me. There is no other adrenaline rush that will get you shaking like bow hunting does! #bowhunting #bowhunter #bowseason #hunter #archery #buck #deer #whitetail #deerseason #texas #elitearchery #elite #eastonaxis #slicktrick #eastonarchery #realtree #badlands #whatgetsyououtdoors #iamsportsman

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11 months ago

THIS JUST HAPPENED!!! We were checking our feeders after the storms noticed some fresh pig tracks, which is HIGHLY unusual for them to be on our land for some sucky reason. We tracked them a ways and they cut off into some thick stuff. On our way out we saw him wallowing in a mud hole. Tony went in for the stalk and got him with a Colt Defender, 40 caliber!!!! Proud Girlfriend!!! #firstpigonourproperty #pig #loneboar #pighunting #pigman #coltdefender #40caliber #pistol #bacon #whatgetsyououtdoors #iamsportsman

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1 year ago

Today...I was the boss...of mommy’s office, lol. I met a lot of cool Airmen, got lots of belly rubs and attention. Then mommy took me to the groomer (I LOVE her BTW) to get dolled up. I will say, today was a pretty eventful day for a pup. #FabulousFriday , #LuLu , #OfficePup , #CrookedBow , #ShihPoo , #MyDoodle

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2 years ago

Thanks Grandma & Grandpa for watching the little lovey tonight! Mom & Dad enjoyed date night ❤️ Finally saw Wonder Woman!! @krissittler

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2 years ago

Happy Cinco de Mayo! #shewasnothappy #crookedbow this dress is either from her grandma & grandpa Erb or aunt brad & Kathryn....not sure who but they all got her dresses from Mexico! #authentic

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2 years ago

opening night for Bring It On was a success! :)) if you didnt get to see it tonight, dont worry!! you have 2 more days to come out, tomorrow & sat @ 7:00pm DONT MISS IT #crookedbow

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