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Ric O'Shay

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Many yeas ago I met Jim at a hunt on the King Ranch in South Texas. My first thought was "Who is that longhaired kid running around and having too much fun than the law allows." Then I saw him shoot the longbow he was carrying and I said to myself, "I need to meet him!"

I asked Jeff Massie to introduce us. This was about 1987 or 1988. He did and I am proud to say Jim and I have been friends ever since. I have owned several of Jim's bows including a 300 year old yew UJ. My dotage has recently set in and I had an itch for a UJ that was not too strong for me. Due to personal circumstances, I had to wait a spell for the new Union Jack. Mean while the itch had to be scratched so two other longbows were ordered. A few weeks ago Jim called and said the bow was almost ready to ship. The Union Jack arrived this evening via UPS right at dark. It is truly a beautiful bow! I don't have photos as yet, but if you really want to see it, log on to Jim's new website "BIVOUAC BOWS". Scroll down then click on to his Union Jack bows. My new bow is there, Yew limbs with a beautiful Myrtle riser. 

Thank you, Jim!!!!

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Have you shot it yet?
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Nope, it is dark and raining outside. My bride frowns of bows being shot in the house. Only admiring and a few gentle fondles.
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I checked out his site. He's not making the other model hill bow anymore I guess. He's got a cute young girl apprentice . I saw your bow . Looks great .
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I checked out his site. He's not making the other model hill bow anymore I guess. He's got a cute young girl apprentice . I saw your bow . Looks great .


Mike, That's Georgia, she's been working with Jim for at least 6 years. I hunted with Jim and Georgia in Texas a few years ago. She's a good bowyer.

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Ric, congrats! UJ with yew limbs is a wonderful bow.
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I bought a Union Jack 3rd hand.  It was built for Ben Maher of down under.  I thought there might be a problem with the tips so I called Jim.  Sent him pics and he said they're fine but if I wanted to send it to him he'd refinish them.  I told him I wasn't the original owner.  He said no matter, I built it I'll fix it.  That's great customer service.  Anyway, I don't shoot it as it's a little to heavy for me but it has a place of honor in my den.  Frank 
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Mmmmmm....yew and Myrtle what a perfect old school combo
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I think I posted a picture of your bow on the Main Campsite.
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Congrats on the new UJ Sir !

As for Georgia, just being a good bowyer that is a super big understatement. She can definitely build a damn fine bow. And her attention to detail is simply amazing. She can and has put many other bowyer's to shame. Just due to her as I've said attention to detail . With the way Jim and her put there whole hearts in to building each bow. I know for a fact if a bow it's isn't damn perfect. It will not get shipped out. And I bet you my last dollar Georgia will keep the other bowyer's on there toes and is.With them trying to keep up with her and Jim..

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Is there a link fir his new site? I couldn’t find it
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Is there a link fir his new site? I couldn’t find it


Here' the link to the new site.

http://bivouacbowco.com/

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