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Old 05-07-2018, 06:56 PM   #1
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$15 for two bows. The Samick Shadow is worth that 10 times over. It just so happens I got a 10 year old son who it will be perfect for. Lancaster is sending out a string for eleven bucks so it will be up and running soon. The other one is unmarked and Iím not sure what to make of it or if it is even safe to string up. Any guesses on wood etc. would be great.

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Old 05-07-2018, 07:02 PM   #2
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All I can say is jealous! Man what a find!
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Old 05-07-2018, 07:12 PM   #3
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The Samick is in perfect condition. I canít tell if the other is a self bow or a novelty item.










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Old 05-07-2018, 09:01 PM   #4
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Paul, that selfbow is really cool! My guess on the wood would be Osage (Bois dí Arc). You can string it up, but those all wood bows tend to be pretty particular about what they like. Donít just yank it back to full draw. The first time you shoot it, exercise it to full draw a little at a time, like first to 20Ē or so, then 24Ē then 26Ē, then to full draw. Do the same thing after it has been stored for any length of time. Also, with any selfbow, if you are not shooting it, unstring it. Selfbows are mostly pretty finicky. They tend to accentuate mistakes. Keep learning in your glass bow. If you really get into trad like the rest of us, you will be wanting to shoot that selfbow soon enough!!!!

Also, not knowing anything about the origin of the bow, or who made it, you may want to stick with a Dacron (B50 or B55) string.

Great snag!!!!

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Old 05-08-2018, 08:29 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info Bisch. I was hoping it was Osage. I may just take it over to Charlie B and have him look it over and make a string for it.
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Old 05-08-2018, 09:51 AM   #6
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Very nice find!
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:43 AM   #7
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:45 AM   #8
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Iím not 100% sure on the osage, but that is a predominant selfbow wood. Let Charlie look at it, or Bob. He knows his woods!!!!

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Old 05-08-2018, 11:10 AM   #9
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Dang! Why do so many other people have luck with garage sales... never had these kinds of finds.

That samick is a steal and a good find.

My first guess at the self bow was that is probably osage... osage turns dark like that on its own. but I am not an expert my any means.
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Old 05-10-2018, 11:53 PM   #10
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the pin knots in the snaky self bow make me think it is bodark. a lot of work went into that bow by someone. a treasure for sure. great find!
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:57 AM   #11
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Cool bows! I hope your boy enjoys shooting.
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Old 05-11-2018, 03:30 PM   #12
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That self bow is something else! My first thought was well aged osage. Lucky find!
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Old 05-11-2018, 03:58 PM   #13
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Hereís a dumb question for yíall. Once I get a string on the selfbow, does the arrow go on or against the leather above the handle?


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Old 05-11-2018, 06:21 PM   #14
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If you can find someone with a tillering tree I would have them draw that selfbow a few times from a distance to determine a safe draw length. Those knots can add great character to a bow but also be an instant producer of wooden shrapnel


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Old 05-11-2018, 06:40 PM   #15
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Hereís a dumb question for yíall. Once I get a string on the selfbow, does the arrow go on or against the leather above the handle?


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Looks like on. If you want to measure it nock to nock I will make you b50 string. I have lots of it. No charge just let me know.
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Old 05-12-2018, 10:02 AM   #16
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Looks like on. If you want to measure it nock to nock I will make you b50 string. I have lots of it. No charge just let me know.


Thatís very kind of you and much appreciated. Iíll shoot you a PM.


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Old 05-13-2018, 12:55 PM   #17
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Man what a find!
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