Traditional Bows Drawn, Pg6
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Row One: 1) To start us off on this unprecedented Page 6 of Full Draw pics, the well-known, well-loved (not-always-so-well-understood - ) JSOG, John, Son of Glenn. One of the Founders of outdoorcore.com. I have been after John to send me a Full Draw pic for quite some time - well, since Oct. anyway. He finally sent this one , asking simply, "Too much face? - LOL" I replied that it was a nice bow, neat trees, and asked him how he got that bow to hang up there in the jungle all alone - with wires? (Smart alecky Jungle Critter, anyhow!) Thaaa-anks (finally), John - Actually it is a very interesting pic but I still expect more pics from you and your family (merry little band) of archers. John, I'm sure is drawing his famous Brackenbury bow, "Vlad"
2) This pic would have been a good kick-off for our new page also - they both came in last night. This one I labeled "Happy New Year" and it came from the very prolific bowyer, "Ryano", Ryan O'Sullivan. He and his friends like to get together on New Years Eve and launch flaming arrows to welcome the Baby Year in. I told Ryan that a growing number of trad shooters around the world for a few years now have all launched an arrow in the same manner each New Year's Eve at midnight - but this is the first I've heard of flaming ones - A "cool"/different Full Draw pic, thanks, "Ryano". Besides being an archer and bowyer, Ryan apparently (from his adee) also runs Ryano's Cycle Shop. He tells me he also sells a selfbow now and then too, in case you're looking for one.
3) Another John, "john t cooper". John considers himself part of the "crooked stic gang" also, so I assume he is shooting a Mike Miller made bow - more stats later. Oh, the bow is another great one by "crooked stic", Mike Miller. It sports an Ebony and Bloodwood riser, with Actionboo limbs, 51# @ 28". The pic was taken at the Howard Hill South East Traditional Shoot, held at Tannehill St. Pk., Macalla, AL.
4) An extra pleasure to post this picture sent to me by, arguably, one of our best current day hunters, and a man that is listened too, respected, and truly enjoyed by everyone who meets him - cyber or in person. I've yet to hear a single word against Mr. Warren Womack, of LA, and a number of forums. Warren climbs so high in a tree sometimes as to give the average hunter a nose bleed, but he also is equally effective on the ground. In this interesting Full Draw pic he is somewhere in between. He had some very kind words to say about my site in general, and this section, which I deeply appreciate. Warren shoots a Custom Acadian Woods bow by Tim Mullins, of 60", 58# @ 28". He says that it is almost like an extension of his left arm and since the season of '94 he has killed 63 Deer and 9 hogs with it - an enviable record. Thank you, Warren and you are welcome here any old time - on a visit or in a pic.
5) & 6) "Toxiophileken", no stranger to these pages, and fine hand made bows, last year took his two nephews to the Tomahawk Shoot in CA and blessed us with Full Draw pics. This year Ken's younger nephew, Luke, was too tired, from an already busy weekend but Zack was ready and raring to go, so off they went to Oranco. Ken labeled both of these pics of himself as "Partial Draws", so I jokingly told him they didn't cut the mustard. However, I think it also goes to show that sometimes the camera clicks too early, as well as too late - and you still get fine pics of the curve of the bow and the form of the archer. Especially when the archer has a 61" draw length to start with - (just kidding there too ).
Row Two: 1) through 6) are of Ken's nephew, Zack. 5) of course is another "Flight Shot" which Zack loves to take so much. Zack seems to be such a neat little guy and dedicated archer, and he and his Uncle Ken do so well together that I told Ken, Zack could watch for a "Full Row" of him at "Full Draw" this time. I found out, after I posted that, I'd counted and numbered the pics wrong. (Why does that not surprise anyone? ) In order to keep my word, I went back and got a number 6, which is another of those "after release" pics, with the arrow flying, that we also enjoy a great deal. Keep up the good work, Zack, and tell your brother, Luke, we missed him here this time.
Row Three: 1) "gferlitsch", Gordon F. of paleoplanet and Oregon, was gathering bow wood with friends when they challenged him to make a bow out of a "wavey" Vine Maple tree. He not only took the challenge but he did it in spades. What a beauty of a character bow - Snaky as a ... pair a' snakes. it is 63", 50# @ 27" (just right ) and look at the finish! Tru-oil finish over Olive Leather dye - came out so purty as to hurt the eyes - and a great Full draw pic for us to boot. I like the hat too, Gordon.
2) Whitney Brown, the oldest Daughter of Kevin Brown (of the "Gang Full Draw" on the previous page), Full Drawing Kevin's latest creation, in a family archery setting (I love it!). Beautiful pic, Beautiful bow, and Beautiful young lady, Kevin. Whitney's Dad told her she probably wouldn't be able to draw it as it is 56# @ 28". She jerked it out of his hands and proceeded to, not only draw it, but shoot it very well. You go, girl! Just be careful, and don't hurt your shoulders while you're young, without realizing it, and then not be able to shoot at all when you get old like me . I assume you have clicked to see the large pic - now would you like to see the sequel? That's what I call a "Power Shot"! Whitney still finds time to shoot with the family when not pursuing her pre-vet studies (I love that too) at University of Kentucky.
3) Also of the Brown family, Becky, Kevin's wife, at a, "I mean business," Full Draw, with a Locust selfbow of Kevin's making. Becky is shooting off a tower at the Cale Brown Memorial Archery Trail at the Yellowbank WMA. Another great archery pic, Kevin, and more thanks to you.
4) "hunter john", John Taylor sent us this Full Draw pic with his Check Mate Hunter, along with some kind words about the web site. Judging from his avatar on outdoorcore.com I'd say John is another of our Canadian cousins in archery. Welcome , John, and thank you for the picture and the compliments.
5) Billy Kellams, "billy" on tradgang.com, at Full draw with one of those fine Bob Lee Red Wing Hunters at Kokomo, IN - 50# @ 28" Also sporting Mark Baker's Quiver Caddy. Billy says the shadow in the pic belongs to his 16 year old son, Ethan, and promises we'll have a pic of him also, with his 45# Rudderbow, as soon as they finish working on it. Thank you, Billy.
6) Here is Ethan Kellem, Billy's Son, with the 45# Rudder bow they built together for him. Ethan's Full Draw pic got here soon enough so I could slip it in next to his Dad, and that slid Thimo down beside his Son - a good thing on both counts . Ethan and Billy's walls look like mine with cowboy hats, caps and outdoor stuff on them.
Row Four: 1) Thimo's back! After my talking about how prolific a bowyer Thimo is, the poor guy had a temporary bowyer's block but he and one of his son's ended it today. As he put it, by messing with scraps of wood and spare materials. They came up with a "Short" bow, and backed it with blue silk and glue. Thimo said, "Hey, he's a kid - and there was blue silk and glue." (That explains it.) Then they decided to just lash some Bamboo on the back - no glue, just hemp string. A heck of a looking bow at that. When his other son was taking Thimo's pic, the one that was working with him ran to get one of his own bows and ...
2) We were the lucky winners of a nice Christmas Full Draw pic of Thimo's son. This is symbolic of a situation that will be replicated in the homes of many traditional archery families, on Christmas day this year, I wager. Kids and bows, ya gotta love 'em! Welcome back, "Thimo& Son".
3) Friend, John Dill, sent along this pic displaying his award winning (as usual) Full Draw at a recent Camp Lejeune Toys For Tots shoot - right in the midst of other folks doing other things. Like I've said before, John is a lot of fun to shoot with but once he steps on the line he's all F-O-C-U-S until the arrow smacks home. He is shooting a NC-made Hummingbird recurve that he is in the process of buying from our friend Buzz. (Buzz still has an Hb longbow, though.)
4) Rich Saffold hiding in his CA greenery and showing us another of his fine Bamboo and Ipe bows but this one is sporting Turtle Bamboo. It is 64", 55# @ 26", and has a temporary wrap on the grip area. Rich kind of liked the looks without a wrap, so he will leave it up to the lucky person he made the bow for to decide.
5) This is "Greenchile1", Greg Mundorf (also of CA) in his first appearance here, with a "Work in Progress" bow. He is making this bow from a Guava stave he got from Manny of HA, and is shooting for 55-60# @ 26" and it is 68" NtoN right now. So far the bow is only giving up about24" in Draw and so the Draw is not quite Full. However, I'll lay my money on another fine Guava Bow before Greg is done with her, and I think the depiction of test drawing her makes an interesting pic. Perhaps we'll get another one of the finished job of skill.
6) "Woodbear", of paleoplanet. I know very little about Woodbear (except he's been there longer than I) but I do know he has a very unique two frame Full draw Pic here that shows the before and after - or is that the after and before? Anyway the bow is his favorite selfbow, a short 54" and 43# @ 25". It is an NA Paddle Bow. I also thought the background tree in the pic was a good addition here too.
Row Five: 1) "Thimosabv" is definitely back in harness again and gets to start this row for us as well as the last one, at Full Draw with a particularly pretty snaky character bow of Dogwood that he just finished, 63" and drawing 60# - probably at his usual 26" (when he isn't doing a full Warbow Draw, that is).
2) "The Weed Family" has blessed us with a glimpse into their shooting fun and love of their bows. Starting us out is their pretty 19 year old Daughter, Kayla, with Mom, Chreyl, watching her form, as she Full Draws her Osage selfbow (made for her by Dad, Joe). This bow has Blacksnake backing and is 38# @ 28"
3) Joe Weed, "Osagetree", shows us his Laminated bow of Osage, with Hickory backing, at Full Draw. Joe made this one 55# @28"
4) This is a neighbor's 14 year old Son, Kevin, getting his first shooting instructions from Joe's wife. Joe had made him this snaky Black Locust bow, with Blacksnake backing, and the rivercane arrows to go with it. The boy progressed quickly, and two weeks later killed a ten point buck with those very fine gifts from the Weed Family. The young man will have a lifetime of memories from all of that, no matter what.
5) Here Joe is test shooting an Osage bow he made for his wife for their 23rd anniversary ("You go, folks!") 45# @ 27"
6) Joe at Full Draw, practicing with his Osage selfbow that he made for the tradgang thread, "Home Grown Hunting Gear for 2006/07". Joe later scored a nice little ten point buck himself, with this bow. Just deserts, I'd say!
Row Six: 1) This is the Weed's Son, Joe (also), shooting the Osage bow that Joe made for him. 65# @ 28" Young Joe is 23 ("older" Joe says he is, "42 - at least.")
2) Last but not least - is Joe, taking the first shot with his fine looking "Two Snakes" bow, before he added the frills. Good on all of you in The Weed family, and thank you so much for letting us "in".
3) Here is Vaughn Corpus, "Deadsmple" on tradgang. Plain to see (dated) this is a specially taken Full Draw pic he sent us for these pages. He is drawing his Martin Hatfield bow. Vaughn is from NJ, and is all decked out in what he calls, "Winterwool" - really looks comfortably at home with it, and the full draw, doesn't he? Thank you, Vaughn.
4) Although most wouldn't recognize it (unless you knew him), This "backdraw"/Full Draw is of "themonkey", Aaron London, of VA and tradgang.com. Aaron and his shooting buddy, Richard, ("rebel" on tradgang) put their heads together this Christmas season to bring another young archer into our fold. Richard's Son doesn't get to spend too much time with him so he wanted to make it quality time, with new and interesting things they could do together. A short time back Aaron had made a selfbow of about 10# draw at 18" - seems like a natural progression to me - good on ya, guys ...
5) The result was this happy youngster at Full Draw with the bow Aaron made, shooting with his Dad and Aaron. Please meet/greet Richard's Son, 8 year old Tyler White, experiencing the brotherhood of the bow that we all know so well, and the joy and beauty of the Full Draw. Richard has promised us more pics in the future.
6) The Bow is at Full Draw - the Bowyer is not! Marc St. Louis, Ontario and paleoplanet dweller, built this bow for a very special lady in his life. The sweet White Ash backed Yew bow is 60" long and draws 22# @ 20" Marc applied a special three stage finish to this special little bow, Shellac, followed by a number of coats of Tung Oil, and finally Paste Wax. We understand the lady was so pleased she added to the finish with a few sweet tears of joy and gratitude. Ya Gotta love that.
Row Seven: 1) Another of this country's young college students making fine bows in what time they can spare from their studies. "Wakolbinger", Daniel, of IL and paleoplanet ecked out time to make this really sweet Bamboo Backed Osage, with Bloodwood and Zebrawood accents. It is 65" and 60# @ 28" Dan also likes to make any items pursuant to primative archery. Dan is also "Bowmo" on tradgang and hails from the Chicago suberbs. He does some beautiful and inovative finish work on his bows also. Dan took a Primitive Archer Magazine Bow of the Month Award in Backed Bow class for a Bamboo Backed Osage in Dec, 20006.
2) I normally do not try to "steal" from an Officer of The Law - but anything for the Traditional Bow Drawn pages . Here is one of Texas' finest, "Chuckmcdonald" on paleoplanet, with a bow he made for a friend to give to his Son as a Christmas present (lucky kid!). It is 67", 40# @ 27", Raw Bamboo belly and back, with floor Bamboo for core wood, Zebrawood riser, leather arrow rest, and black Cowhorn tips. A real looker, Chuck.
3) Chuck McDonald in a more "relaxing" Full Draw with a bow he built a little earlier. A silk backed Maple, 72", 40# @ 27" Chuck also likes to build all primative archery gear, and loves messing with Motorcycles to put them at their best as well. Thanks, Chuck and keep up the good work - on the bows, and on the "Force".
4) This once in a lifetime Full Draw pic taken at a most fortuitous moment, titled "One More Step" was sent to us by "Old Ways", Steve Schrader, of tradgang and the Northwoods of Michigan. The picture was taken in 2003 and right after this he was able to take this fine nine point buck, with his 55# Martin Dreamcatcher. Thanks for this unique photo, Steve, and taking time to send it to me for us all to enjoy.
5) & 6) Heeere's Wayne! Wayne Caldwell, "BONE" on tradgang, and of Louisianna, sends these Full Draw pics from the '06 Deer season, working out with his gear, as we all tend to do. Wayne also uses a Flemish Twist string of his own making. (One more pic on next Row.)
Row Eight: 1) Wayne, "Bone" with another Full Draw pic using his 55# STICKBOW of Brazillian Cherry, with Yellowheart and Blackheart accents and Sasafrass lams with Black Matt Fibreglass. Pretty boy and looks like Wayne is loaded for bear - er, Deer. Well, maybe either. Thanks for the pics, "BONE", and go git 'em!
2) "Here she is," indeed. Our "Sweet Angel of the Northwest Territories", Sylvie, of the beautiful sheaths, etc., and the beautiful heart, to so many of us. Here also is the quote from her Husband, Daniel, that came with the pic - because I think it fits:
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"Well, we were shooting earlier today and Sylvie posed for you at full draw. Her bow is a O.L. Adcock 62" ACS CX, 44# @ 28". Sylvie's actual draw length is 27 inch.
She loves traditional archery to such an extent that she has made it a part of her life. I'll always remember seeing Sylvie hang her bow after having a bull moose and a cow moose walk in front of her. She decided to look at them in their own environment and enjoy their presence to the maximum. That is my Sylvie, a woman with a big heart.
Here she is." - Daniel
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How's that for a beautiful pic , beautiful bow, beautiful form, and beautiful person?
3) Tyler Minish, "T.Minish" on tradgang sends along a bevy of Full draw Pics of family and friend in archery. This is Tyler with his Bear Recurve.
4) Tyler's Dad, Jess Minish at Full draw with a beautiful Bamboo backed bow.
5) Here is Tyler's roommate Shaun at full draw with his Martin Hatfield.
6) Another angle on Dad, Jess', Full Draw - and a look at the
other side of that bow!
Row Nine: 1) Tyler's brother, Jesse, "Jesse Minish" on tradgang, at Full Draw with his Soveriegn Trident Recurve, and Dad, Jess, waiting his turn. Jesse also just got a Dryad Glue-up (from Wingnut and Jason) for Christmas and is chomping at the bit to get about finishing it. Hope we'll get another FD pic when he gets it done.
2) Another pic of Tyler with a Tim Meigs Longbow that his Father gave him as a youngster. What a beauty, and Tyler says that though it is 24 years old, it still shoots sweet and retains its reflex. Gotta admire a bow like that. Tim is still making them too, in Nevada, I think.
3) I found friends and shooting buddies on a couple of memorable "Racoon Shoots", Iron Man Shoots, and at other trad shoots in the Holmes Family, including their young daughter (maybe we'll get a pic of her later). Wally, "longbowwally" on tradgang, here shooting his Black Widow Recurve (is their an inconsistency there? ) Not many inconsitencies in Wally's shooting, I'll tell you.
4) Wally's lovely and very pleasant wife, Joyce Holmes, with her Warf bow, and I can also tell you that she was pretty "strong" on The Strong Man course at the last Sissipaha shoot of the season.
5) Joe Lash here, shooting at Compton last year. Showing us his full draw with a Blacktail Bow of 55# @ 29"
6) Irene Lash is Joe's Wife and she is shown, this past week, drawing her Shakespeare Wonderbow of 31# @ 25". This bow was given to Irene by Dean Shalvis, of tradgang, when he heard Joe was looking to buy a starter bow for her. Dean's only stipulation was that they "pass it on", when she finished with it. as Joe said, "That is so typically what tradgang folks are all about."
Row Ten: 1) Remember "Brutus Hedgeapple" (Mark Maestle) of the Crooked Stic Gang? Well he had Mike Miller make a Christmas present bow for his wife, Elizabeth, and here she is - enjoying the first pleasures of it. Would you believe he managed to keep it all from her until Christmas?
2) Elizabeth really zoning in with her very own Crooked Stic bow. See, Brutus? As promised, I did away with Elizabeth's "Red Eye" in the pic. As I also said, you still must handle any Red Eye that might show up when she gets mad at you - Brutus says Elizabeth loves that bow and I know he and Mike are both happy "Santas".
3) I don't have a lot of "stattistics" on this gents but I do know this: The one in the background is a Bowyer and a Father-in-law, and the one at Full Draw is an aspiring archer and a lucky Son-in-law. "farmer52fishing" is the smiling presenter of the self made Osage flat bow that his Son-in-law was so obviously happy to receive, and put to the Full Draw test, as reported on paleoplanet primitive bows forum. The Purty bow is 69", 52# @ 28" that f52f made specially as a Christmas present for his Son-in-law.
4) In reference to Pic 4) of Row Seven, from "Old Ways": "Hey, Bernie I just wanted to clarify something. Although that is the buck I took in 2003, and with the equipment pictured the photo itself is a posed shot. We hung the mount on a tree, and made sure the deers body, or lack of one, was concealed by other trees. Then I posed for the shot. It is not an actual shot taken at the time of kill. Sorry if I mislead you. I was just trying to add some real life feel to that all important moment of becoming full drawn in the feild."
Pic4), Row Ten: "We also shot this picture that you can use if you like. It is
called "Now or Never". Again it is staged."
My reply: Actually, I assumed that was what it was but I wasn't going say anything one way or the other - LOL - I still felt it was a great "Memory Re-visited" Pic and I was equally proud to put it in my pages. I'll add this one for clarification for others that assumed as I did, or didn't - LOL
5) & 6) Are two more pics from Damon Kent. We met Damon on Page3, Row Ten, with a number of his fine bows at Full Draw. Now here he is with a couple more pics. Hopefully he will send us the info on the bows soon (he sent a number of pics and we will use them from time to time). Beautiful backgrounds too, aren't they?
'em up 'n head 'em out!" Movin' on to Page7 - isn't it time for you to send
your Full Draw pic in???
Traditional Bows Drawn, Page 6 (here)