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One of my bows.

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    G force is offline AH Member
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    Default One of my bows.

    This is currently my favourite bow.
    Made by bowyer Johan Van Der Merwe from Combretum Bows in South Africa.
    I found a lovely solid dark heavy block of wood whilst on vacation in Mozambique.It was cut into a long rectangle.I bought it for R100.
    I,at the time did not know what I would use it for,maybe a knife handle or 10.It lay at my house for around seven months.One weekend I went to visit Johan at his farm in Rust De Winter.Here he showed me his very first prototype take-down recurve.Right there and then I knew what wood would be used for the riser.Johan collected that block of wood from me and made me a great looking bow.The wood of the riser looks like Mozambique ironwood.
    I originally had it made with 52#limbs and later had a set of 80# made for buffalo and giraffe.
    The limbs in the pics are the 52# ones.We have also changed the finish on the riser to matt.The pics are from when I collected the bow originally.

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    Great use of some pretty wood.
    Practice whispering before you leave for Africa!
    A Legend in my own mind!

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    to me as a bow ignoramus that is what a bow should look like. no wheels , pulleys, winches etc ...that is beautifully made, nearly makes me want one

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    Nice bow, I like that you can change the limbs to hunt different game.

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    There is something intriguing about a bow like that. Nice.
    When I am not hunting, I am thinking about hunting....I think I'll go hunting.

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    Fantastic piece

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    gday gforce thats a fine looking stick flinger for sure
    of late ive been starting to look a lot more at traditional archery ,where i once used to ask trad archers if they drove to the club in a car or a horse and cart .
    i maybe eating them words soon i think

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