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    • Patrick
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      At the Kalamazoo Traditional Bowhunter’s Expo, I couldn’t resist the temptation and ordered a 56″ Shrew Classic Hunter with a carbon/foam core and 64″ Northern Mist Baraga made of walnut with a curly maple core (the contrasting colors are awesome). Both bows will be takedowns, both will be 60# @ 30″ (my draw length). Due to the wait times, it’ll work perfectly. The Baraga is 3 months, and the Shrew is 14 months :shock:. I’m giving the 45# @28″ Baraga I currently own to my son, who, after attending the expo, is absolutely HOOKED on traditional archery! 8)

      I can’t wait to see how I shoot them in relation to one another considering they are SO different in so many ways.

      Amended 12/13/014: Changed the title (noting this to avoid confusion)

    • nybubba
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      Patrick, I really miss that show and the muzzleloading expo the Grand valley cap and ballers used to put on there. I miss Godfathers buffet. Sounds like a blast. Sorry if I got off topic for this forum. I bought some nice flats there yrs ago that will soon be quivers. Congrats on your purchases. Nybubba

    • Ed Ashby
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      Shazam! The anticipation always hightens the pleasure! Looks like you are in for lots of pleasure, Patrick.:D

      Ed

    • Patrick
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      Dr. Ed Ashby wrote: Shazam! The anticipation always hightens the pleasure! Looks like you are in for lots of pleasure, Patrick.:D

      Ed

      😆 That’s for sure! Luckily, it’ll also give me time to save up the dough for that second one.

    • Chris Shelton
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      :cry::cry::cry:, I hate livin far away!:cry:

    • William Warren
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      Chris Shelton wrote: :cry::cry::cry:, I hate livin far away!:cry:

      Yeah, wish there was something like that down here….

      Congrats on the 2 new bows Patrick!

    • tom-wisconsin
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      Patrick can’t wait to see pictures of your new bows. They sound great.

    • Hiram
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      Hey Patrick, I have a 62 47@28 Baraga, great little Bow! You will like the Shrew for sure. Get used to the short length and you will get good with it too. 🙂

    • Patrick
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      I’m getting very anxious! Should be getting the takedown Baraga soon. Can’t wait! A big part of it is that my current Baraga then becomes my son’s. I’m looking forward to giving it to him.

    • rayborbon
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      Let’s see some pictures.

    • Patrick
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      Just talked to Steve Turay today. My bow will be done this coming week! Pictures will definitely be forthcoming. I’m pumped!!!!

    • SteveMcD
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      Hi, Patrick.. all the best with your new bows! Post pic’s! When you get them!

    • Rocks
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      Looking forward to the pics and congratulations!

    • Patrick
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      I thought it was pretty funny that Steve shipped it, “put together”, considering it’s a takedown.

      In my opinion, my other Baraga is prettier, but I prefer the darker limbs for practical reasons (hunting!)

    • bruc
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      Very Nice!! Like the limb tips.

    • SteveMcD
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      Very Nice! All the best with them Patrick!

    • LimbLover
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      Ahhh you got the first one in! That is awesome Pat! I love the contrast.

    • M
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      NIIIIIICCCCCCEEEEE!

    • Bloodless
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      But where are the pulleys and cams and cables and stabilizer and laser sight? They sent you an incomplete bow! With no let-off it will make you tired practicing. And without a trigger release your fingers will get sore. And it’s so long! :twisted::P8) You’ll never kill a deer with that pretty lil thing. I fear you’ve been taken. 😳 bloodless

    • rayborbon
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      Fine looking shooting machine!

    • Patrick
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      rayborbon wrote: Fine looking shooting machine!

      Thanks. What do you think of the bow? 😆

    • tom-wisconsin
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      Very nice Patrick. Enjoy.

    • WICanner
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      The bow is beautiful, but an even better part of your post is your statement of your son getting hooked on trad archery. Good for him, and you. Nothing but good times ahead for the two of you together. Great news! 😀

    • Patrick
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      After FOUR years of waiting, I finally brought the second bow home: Java Man Archery Elkheart. I just HAD to add it to this thread, and finally give it the closure it deserves. If not for the wait, the bow wouldn’t be THIS amazing, as he wouldn’t have had these footed veneers. Sometimes a bad situation has a silver lining. This is the silver lining:

      I’ll post some more and/or better pics later. You’d think the four year wait would’ve taught me patience, but I’m about ready to throw my phone and this computer through a window right now. Instead…I’m going to go outside and shoot my new bow. 8):D

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Yowza!!! The Java Man has really outdone himself on this one!! Congrats on a stunning bow, Patrick. ANd I would say that this is no time to be patient – put that baby through its paces!!!

    • Patrick
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      I wish I could. I tweaked my shoulder a couple weeks ago, and have to take it easy. Don Thomas’ thread has made me very cautious!

    • Stephen Graf
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      Very Nice! Have fun shooting it… And definitely take care of that shoulder.

    • Patrick
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      I definitely will…on both counts.

      I thought this is very interesting:

      My 66″ Northern Mist Whisper is slightly lighter than my 56″ Elkheart. The physical weight, that is. I don’t know how much either of them weigh. I used an improvised balance: a clothes hanger.

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