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mojave

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I was given one of Don’s bows that he never finished from one of his longtime friends. The bow was marked heavy and I would say It was 100+lbs.
I told my friend that gave it to me that I would finish it and have him over so he can see it. I have a finished longbow that was made by Don so I copied the specs. As the bow was taking shape I had to make a decision make it a wall hanger or a bow I can shoot. I felt this bow needs to be shot so I started to sand and sand and sand. And the the first time I tried to put a tillering string on it I hurt my arm trying to bend it. But I did get the limbs to bend. Some more sanding. And I got it down to 53@26 and it Shoots. Now I can’t wait for my buddy to see it.

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I like the way the grip came out. I bet that dished grip feels good in the hand.
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You did a real nice job. I am sure Don would approve. He wasn’t that well know outside of Southern California but he was one of those guys who could pull and shoot accurately a real heavy Hill style bow. I had the pleasure of shooting with him when he came down to our Trad shoots before he passed away. I still have one of his catalogs. He also designed a recurve he shot those last years.
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Sun City, Az. by way of San Diego, Ca. Bear TD's Wes Wallace Royal LB, ILF risers and various limbs, Vintage Works 1962 Kodiak reproduction made to my specs

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Thanks Tom, I did a little more work on the tiller and now she’s ready to shoot. My friend has one of his recurves. Im going too buy it from him and some of his arrows. He was given a lot of Don’s archery equipment when he passed.
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Very nice work, but am surprised you could take that much weight off the bow.  Don made excellent Hill style bows and frankly you only usually see them in heavier weights.  Always wanted to grab one but #1 you never see them for sale, and #2 when you do they are usually pretty heavy draw weights.  keepem sharp
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I still have the nock and point taper tools Don sold. He was only supplier that had 3/8 nock and point tools in those days. I was shooting a Black Widow MA at 80# and using Ramin dowels as arrow shafts. I also have the article written about him from an old Archery Magazine from 1960’s when Don shot field rounds with 100# bows. He sighed it for me the year before he passed.
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