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Brian Hoffer
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For anyone interested in stepping into the world of making horn bows.
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haha no I want to build a composite bow with ribs and mulberry, maybe with a first pour hide glue, but not exactly Turkish style I always mess with designs.
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Here is new bow I just completed as a gift for my father-in-law.  It is a self bow made from red elm, 58" nock-to-nock and pulls #32 @ 25 inches or so.  I glued a piece of black walnut to the belly side of the handle and painted some designs on the limbs and nocks.
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Nice! Wish I could finish mine. Kinda abandoned it when it got pretty outside. 
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Any traditional archers around Boulder, CO ?
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Any bowyers here use a StavePress before?  I am considering purchasing one.  Otherwise, what creative ways have you guys used to clamp a stave while working on it?
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I use softer wood (pine) faced to both sides of an 8" carpenters vise on both sides with a groove cut to match edge of the stave.  As the stave takes shape, I have other pieces with grooves (close to) that match.  Works great.  I also have 2 pieces that fit the (almost) finished bow so I can string it up to measure pull and top/bottom bow curve.  Course, these 2 pieces fit not on the sides, but the front and handgrip and are short enough to allow draw (as if) in-hand. 
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Black Locust self-bow, 25# @ 28
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It is amazing the difference a quality rasp can make.  I recently picked up a Universal Bowyer's Rasp from Dean Torges and am thoroughly impressed.  It makes quick work of reducing hard woods like osage without leaving deep tears like my old rasps.
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Solid Black Walnut self-bow, 50# @ 28
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All carved, nothing glued.  It took a long time, especially carving out the "horns" on the back.  I have some better photos and will post them up here soon.
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  • University of Cincinnati
    Computer Engineering, 1995 - 2000
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    Software Engineer, 2010 - present
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