January 04, 2005
Get a nicely made snakey bow someday and you'll really have something worth shooting.
A good one is so sweet, it's like playing music. I made an Osage self-bow once and after I settled into shooting it and getting to know what it liked I realized that it was playing notes.
A good self-bow is almost as fast as a top recurve or some compounds.
Buy one for a very thrifty $300-$500 or make one yourself. With a hatchet, stave and drawknife, you're on your way. You'll realize how relatively cheap a pro-built one is when you're done, but your own is your own. It's so satisfying to whack away at a big chunk of Osage and bring a simple, beautiful instrument out of it. That Osage starts out bright yellow then ages to deep gold. A rich thing to witness.
Wood loves an arrow.
Here's a good builder (his bows pictured here): www.mystiklongbows.com
Here's a good DIY resource: groups.msn.com/ferretsarcherywebpage/friendsawesomewoodenbows.msnw