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130lb hazel bow

Not made any bows for a while, so eased myself in with a bit of an experiment.

This is from a new batch of hazel that I cut last year, and I wanted to see how it behaved. I made it a touch too narrow for the depth, so it took slightly more string follow than I'd have liked (1.5") but it's solid and punchy. The tiller isn't perfect, but I wasn't overly concerned about the shape, more what the wood was going to do.

Cow horn sidenocks and a simple oil finish. Some of the cambium was left on, and leaves a really interesting streaky finish over the back.

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