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Mike Campbell
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So, I have a couple of people from Europe, specifically Germany interested in PVC bows, but they have said that they can't get suitable PVC pipe over there without buying a truckload of it. I'm pretty sure that there are folks from Europe in this community, could you tell me what it is you use to make your bows so i could pass it along? Thanks very much!

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Well, haven't made a pvc bow in awhile... got frustrated with the jig I'd made ( it warped, wood was still green) and was just sort of moving over into basic woodworking lately. It has been great though seeing all the posts of people's bows (there have been some awesome ones) and I want to get back into bow making soon.

But I have been busy with pvc making other things: water balloon/snowball/tennis ball/skyballz launchers! The King of Random has a great video on making his SkyBlaster sling bows out of pvc. I made several for the folks in my department for Christmas gifts. Silly? Sure. Fun? Definitely! BTW, the one that's not painted? I miscounted the slip caps I needed. Gotta get 2 more.

You may be asking yourself, "what the heck are skyballz?" They are hacky-sack sized, multilayered balloons filled with rice and attached to a parachute that you can launch with the skyblaster. Sends them over 150 ft. All of the tutorials I used to make these can be found on the King of Random's YouTube channel, just search for SkyBlaster and skyballz. +Grant Thompson - "The King of Random"

I hope my department likes them!
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12/7/16
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Anyone here familiar with Damon Howatt bows? I got this one at an estate sale for $25 this weekend. 47pounds at 28 inches. I know what part of the serial number, HS 42461, means. The "HS" is for Hi-Speed and that the first digit is the last digit in the year it was made, in this case either '64, '74, '84, etc. I have no idea what the others mean - anybody have any idea? Any way to confirm the year?

Thing shoots like a train - hits hard and fast. Fastest recurve I've ever shot. It's a bear to get strung too.
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11/21/16
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Forgot about this funky little knife I have. Bought it a few years ago in Granada, Spain. Tourist quality build, so nothing special in terms of materials, but a great souvenir from a beautiful city. It's a fun every-now-and-then EDC. Freakin' sharp too.
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Made something a bit different for me. This was just for practice/fun - this is a 1 - 1 scale model of a neat gadget called a gravity hook. Here's the link to the original instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/High-Performance-Grappling-Hook not only is it a grappling hook, but also a picker upper of dropped things. Drop your keys down a storm drain? A length of paracord and this and you'll get them back in no time!

Anyway, I thought it was neat and wanted to build one. It took about 3 hours altogether, minus the trip to the hardware store for the e-clips.
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2/9/16
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Been a long time since I made an all PVC bow... New one I'm trading with a friend. Schedule 40 limbs, schedule 80 siyahs. Pulls 40lbs at 28". I'm not nuts about the paint job, I was sort of experimenting. I am happy with how the faux wood finish wound up as well as the hemp and sinew accents.
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1/28/16
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Made my first jig a la Tommy Hard. It's meant to shape and taper limbs similar to a Mongolian or Hun bow. Not sure how well it will work, if anyone notices any glaring errors, please don't keep them to yourself! Thanks and let me know what you think!
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1/20/16
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Nothing archery related here, just the first of set of two push sticks I'm making for use with my table saw. The scrap of ply I was using as a pusher just felt... Unsafe. It was a fun 2 hour project. Made entirely from reclaimed pallet wood and 3" of 5/16 dowel. Actually, the dowel WAS the trimming off of an arrow shaft, so I guess it is sort of archery related. :-)
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Not the biggest project in the world, but as a beginning woodworker, I needed a couple of push sticks. Have another handle set to go, just need another free hour to finish it to have a set of two. This is made from reclaimed pallet wood.
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Resale store find, 35# Samwha take down recurve with a bow stringer and pretty cool sight (that I have yet to fully figure out). $35

Always wanted to stop in that place, glad I did!
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