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My first "good" longbow was a 62" North Star R/D longbow Glenn Nelson made for me in 1997 or so. Pulling #58@28", it was to be my hunting partner for several years. Osage limbs, walnut riser, slight locator grip, it was a lot of fun to shoot, but I was never able to connect with any game with it. I moved on to more radical R/D designs, until I settled down with ASLs.
Fast forward a few years and, thanks to the generosity of some friends, I found myself chasing whitetails "Texas-style" out of enclosed ground blinds. My 66" Vixen proved a bit unwieldy in those close quarters and the search was on for better tool for my needs.
A friend let me borrow a beautiful 60" T/D Rose Oak for a few months. What a piece of art!
The increased performance and lower draw-weight shrunk my group size radically.
I still missed the lightness and feel of the longbow, especially after I mangled my left thumb doing stupid things... (Note to self: scalpels are indeed designed to cut through flesh).
After forgetting I had put my name on his list for an American last year, I touched base with Steve Turay and we discussed which bow would fit my needs best.
This is what Steve came up with:

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A 62" Baraga pulling #55@27", straight grip.
Beautiful osage lams over tempered bamboo, with a matching osage riser.
No regret about going with a straight grip. It feels a little "fatter" in the hand than most ASL's, but it is very comfortable whether you bear down with your heel or go with a looser hold.
I also truly appreciate Steve's selection of lam and riser wood. 
The bow is also very quiet. Debating adding some yarn silencers, as those Texas whitetails are twitchy beyond belief, but some make a good point arrow noise being more of an issue.
So, it took me a little over 20 years to come back full circle to a R/D design.
Dealing with Steve was a pleasure and the lack of drama made it painless.
I tend to be weary of the "everyone says he is a good guy" crowd, but in this case the reputation is well earned.


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Congrats Chris, you’re gonna luv that bow! There’s something very special about the look of aged Osage. For someone who’s been shooting an ASL as long as you have consistently, getting the straight grip was a smart move. That was the one regret I have with mine. I never liked the locator grip, but today I built up the area on the grip just below the shelf. I built it up on mine 1/16”, with batting tape. Looks kinda funky, but at least the knuckle on my bow hand now doesn’t slide up higher than the shelf. The Baraga is a pleasure to shoot. Now that you have your Baraga, you might as well go put your name back on Steve’s list, so you can have an American as well.
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Btw, I did put beaver fur silencers on mine. I could tell a slight noise reduction, as far as string vibration, and I normally shoot 10 grains per pound.
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I love my 60" Baraga, I put yarn silencers on mine. Steve is indeed one of the good ones. Post pics of the deer you take with it!
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Steve is a first class guy! Now you got me wondering if I should order me a Baraga in 60”?
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Silverarrow, you don't happen to have any pictures of your modification to the grip?  Would like to see what you did. 
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Longcruise, this is the initial modification I did on the grip of my Baraga. I’m not saying it’s a permanent fix, but it proves to me that I can make the bow work for me. It could also show a more talented craftsman, how I need it modified. 2 things to note. The 1/16” increase from the tape actually makes the grip feel a bit fuller in my hand. Also, the material of the tape performs like batting tape should, it helps prevent hand slippage.

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Dryad/ACS Orion 53#
Great Northern Fireball JK 54#
Northern Mist American TD 51#
Howard Hill, The Big Five (Tim Meigs) 57#
Sovereign Sonoran 58#
Browning Wasp 52#
Ryan Gill Osage Hunter (self bow) 52#

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Thanks for showing that.  I wasn't quite clear on what you did but the photos make it understandable.  [thumb]
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Have fun with your new stick Chris!!!

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Thanks Bisch, I plan on it. It is not a "fancy" stick, but it feeds my longbow addiction while giving me better performance out of a shorter and lighter bow.
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