Here’s my latest, a Hickory Holmgaard named Great Dane. She draws 45# at 28″ and shoots very nicely. She’s 66″ overall with static tips of 10″. The working limbs are 1 3/4″ wide. I left some of the cambium on the back and finished her with a coat of pecan stain then four coats of tinted wipe-on poly.
More pics here.
Holmgaard bows are an ancient design, based on bows found near Holmgaard, Denmark. They have thin, stiff tips that don’t bend at all.
When a reporter from The Sylva Herald and Ruralite called me for an interview I didn’t expect a huge story with color photos on page one of section B!
Must be a slow news week.
I’ve been messing around with finishes and heat coloration in the steel lately. For this one I forged it, wire brushed it, ground it to shape, then used a slack belt sander to polish some areas. Then I put it back in the forge for a few seconds, pulled it out and when the colors got ‘just right’ I quenched it in oil.
It’s not a knife, the steel is not hardened. Just a letter opener. Not that you couldn’t stab your annoying little sister with it or anything like that…