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Reproduction Bows

All bows and arrows on this page are available now. Bows are shipped in protective cases and insured 
 Ishi style bow 55" long 54 pound draw at 28" with real sinew string- SOLD  Currently building another. 
 Bow with sinew string and 12 ply endless fast flight string with 4 arrows- 

  . True to form in every way (with a lenticular cross section) except the tips are a little more narrow than a true replica and I did the sinew over 3 weeks. I strung the bow backwards and put on 2 layers. A week later took off the string and added 1.5 more layers. 2 days later put the string back on backwards to let the sinew do it's work. A week after that one more layer. The bow is sealed with 3 coats of one application of bear grease and 3 coats of shellac over that.  After 80 or so shots it maintains 4.75" of reflex. total weight is 13.9 oz. Just under 2" at the widest near handle. The bow is 55" nock to nock and has a full draw of 28" where it weighs 54 pounds. This time I used a 12 strand endless fast flight string with a 5.25" brace height. This is the best performing Ishi style bow I have built to date. The arrows included are birch and perfectly matched for this bow. Ishi style turkey tail fletch wrapped with sinew and painted with red ocher and charcoal. Modern target tips. I used 2 of the arrows included to test the bow. Weight 579 grains(almost 11 gpp). Average arrow speed of 10 shots(after throwing out the fastest and slowest) 181.5 feet per second. 
For questions or purchase contact me at chuck@heartwoodbows.com or call 650-208-9275
Above 5 photos: Lakota style reproduction Buffalo Bow- $420 
This qualifies as a buffalo bow as it has tremendous power for a short horse bow. The bow is 50" long and has a 62 pound draw at 24 inches. The bow is made from a very nice piece of osage orange wood with a 2.5 layer elk sinew backing. The bow is sealed with a few coats of real bear grease and finished smooth by rubbing the wood with a smooth bone to compress the fibers. The handle is brain tanned antelope hide and the tips are covered with antelope rawhide. The string is 3 ply elk sinew. The bow is copied from a Lakota bow in the Smithsonian. 
For questions or purchase contact me at chuck@heartwoodbows.com or call 650 208 9275. 
Above: Reproduction Pawnee Hickory bow-$300
This is a near match of a Pawnee bow from the 2nd half of the 1800s. The bow is hickory. A little under 50" tip to tip with a draw of 59 pounds at 24". with that power this can be called a true buffalo bow. The belly is heat treated. the wood is sealed with multiple coats of bear grease, then the wood is rubbed smooth with a smooth bone to compress the fibers. The string is real 3 ply elk sinew. The bow has been shot between 80 and 100 times to make sure it will last and after that it has a average arrow speed of 166 feet per second with a 8.5 grain per pound regular wood target arrow. If you want replica arrows perfectly matched to this bow they are $30 a piece. 
For questions of purchase contact me at chuck@heartwoodbows.com or call 650 208 9275
Hickory small game blunts-$25 each

The above arrows are replicas of Ojibwa(Chippewa) and matched for the bow below. They are made of a single piece of straight grained hickory. The tips are left bulbous and the rest of the shaft is reduced. These arrows were in common use on most of the eastern half of North America. Variations were used by the Powhatan, Delaware, Algonkian, Mohegan, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Montagnais, Naskapi, Seneca, Cayuga, Iroquois, Shawnee, Creek, Menominee, Potowotami, Fox, and Winnebago just to name a few. most other tribes if not all had some form of heavy tipped blunt for small game hunting. 
Above: Ojibwa(Chippewa) reproduction- $390
This is a very fast shooting bow. 53.5" hickory bow with a heat treated belly. 53 pound draw at 26". It shoots regular 8.5 grain per pound cedar target arrows 174 feet per second. After 150 shots it has taken almost no set.  The shape and paint are a copy of a old Ojibwa bow. This bow was made more rectangular in cross section. The back has a cambium layer that is the brown patterns you see. The paint is red ocher, white soap stone and a green earth pigment. The bow has been sealed with 7 coats of tung oil. The string is fast flight. For a additional real sinew string add $45  
For questions contact me at   chuck@heartwoodbows.com or call 650 208 9275 
Otter hide quiver: $130-$250 depending on the hide
These hide sack quivers were used from central California to Washington and east into the great basin. This one is 27 inches deep and is shown with the juniper backed with sinew and pitch bow below and 15 cane great basin arrows. The eyes and mouth are sewn closed with brain tanned buckskin. The strap is brain tanned deer hide as well.
Plains barrel hoop iron points- $5 each
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