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Anybody know anything about these bows.  Van Norman was the bowyer and he was a Schulz school graduate.  Raptor Archery had one of his bamboo bows in stock so I sprung for it at a decent price.  It is 5 lams of bamboo, mrytle wood riser, all natural.  Any help is appreciated.  thanks
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I have one! Custom built by Van. He and his business partner, Steve Childers, attended John Schulz’s bow building school. I picked mine up in 2006. He used to have a website, but it’s no longer operational. I contacted Van last year about having another bow made, but he’s at a different stage in life now. He gave away all his bowmaking forms to a buddy, to help him out, and that said buddy, promptly went and sold all them!

My bow is a flame tempered, all bamboo, string follow. Myrtle riser, obviously ;-). 68” long, 59@28, and it really launches an arrow.

I don’t believe there are too many of these bows around. You very rarely see them come up for sale. Congratulations on your find, and I’m pretty sure you paid less for yours, than I did for mine ;-)

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The last I heard Van sold everything and was preaching. I still have a few of the arm guards he made which were great quality!
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Thanks for the info.  The one I bought has a bit of string follow but 5 lams of tempered bamboo.  58#@28".  Same type of leather work and riser and such look the same.  What spine arrows should I be looking at?  Can't wait to get it in my hands.  thanks and keepem sharp
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Very nice bow.  I really like the stitching on the leather grip.  Good luck with it.  Frank
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I like the grip too.  Very nice!  It looks like he paid attention in class.  The lines of that bow sure have Mr. Schulz's influence built into it.  Thanks for posting the pictures [thumb]
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Paul, very nice bow and rare for sure. I understand its a no glass bow... A Natural. It appears to have no stringfollow? Or do I have to clean my glasses? 😉
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I probably have put less than 200 arrows through it.. it’s pristine
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68" 60@28 John Schulz American Longbow Trophy Hunter
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66" 55@27.5 John Schulz American Longbow - "The Short String"
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Great looking bow. I too like the handle grip.
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I sent Van some Elephant leather, and he added his signature lacing
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68" 65@28 John Schulz American Longbow - "Tidy"
68" 60@28 John Schulz American Longbow Trophy Hunter
68" 59@28 John Schulz American Longbow - "The Favourite"
66" 55@27.5 John Schulz American Longbow - "The Short String"
66' 60@27.5 John Schulz American Longbow " The Cheetah"
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Rec. mine last night.  Haven't shot it yet but will this a.m.  Grip is quite large and might be the thickest core I've ever seen a bow but a very interesting core lay up  although truth be told I've only had a very few all bamboo bows that are all natural.  You can also see that the tonkin cane is temepered, nice and dark golden brown.  I can't tell if it is a 5 lam bow or a six lam bow they glues line are that tight.  Lots of meat left on the sight window which I might take down a bit, we'll see after I shoot it some.  The one thing that kind of bothers me is that it draws almost like a stretchy spring for lack of a better term.  Anyways I'll shoot it to see how she handles.  Pics to follow.  keepem sharp and thanks
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Here are pics of my son and I out stump shooting on Lake Ontario.  My wife and I stay out here at the Marina pretty much from early spring through late fall.  This is a 10 acre patch of woods between the marina and the "new" houses as we call them.  Good salmon fishing off the new houses for the most part too.  Usually from a mile or so and in closer depending on the time of year.  Summer time we go more than a few miles off them at times.  Anyways my son is shooting my Bear Grizzly I bought in 68 as I remember, my first real bow, and I am shooting a new to me as in rec. yesterday, Van Norman Wild Fork stacked bamboo longbow.  What a blast.  I truly love it out there.  The place is called Hughes Marina.  They have  web site you can visit.  Norm and his wife Jeanette are the owners.  Norm's father built the marina in the early 70's.  Not many places at all on Lake Ontario where you can sit on your deck and see the lake and your boat at the same time at least not that many as far as Marina's go.  keepem sharp 20181209_131704.jpg  20181209_132655.jpg  20181209_134047.jpg 
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