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    • Cameron UnruhCameron Unruh
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      I am excited to show off my traditional equipment…All homemade by me! I have as much fun creating as I do hunting (almost)

      The bow is 62″ 65# at 28″ Bocota limbs and Bubinga riser, maple core. The arrows are Douglas Fir, Birch and some Poplar – hand turned, spined, fletched. The three green nocks are carbon express. The Quiver is a Columbian Blacktail from local hills here in Central California. I did not have the privilege of taking the deer but it was taken by a good friend and he gave me the hide to tan and I tanned my first hide and turned it into this awesome custom side quiver.

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    • Mark Turton
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      Functional, beautiful and quite an achievement what’s next.

      Mark.

    • Stephen Graf
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      Nice bow too! I like to see people making their own bows.

      How do you like those poplar arrows? I was thinking of trying to make some laminated arrows in the same spirit as how a fly rod is made using poplar…

    • CareyE
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      Pretty cool work!!

    • Cameron UnruhCameron Unruh
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      Steve, the Poplar is very nice to work with. It turns through my router set up very well and sands down to a very smooth finish easily. I put a clear coat finish on because I like the green tint of the natural wood. And getting the finished arrow straight is doable.

    • Cameron UnruhCameron Unruh
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      Mark – Next I hope to lean my bow and quiver along side a nice buck or black bear rather than a tree for a picture. I have been within 15 yards of a large black bear but not able to release an arrow before he bolted. I have been within 70 yards of two monster mule deer in velvet on day 6 of a backback hunt at 10,000 feet. I have spent the day on a side of mountain watching a muley bedded down in the wide open under a small juniper. He could see anything coming for quite a distance. I have had some incredible experiences! But I look forward to the day that I can rest my bow next to that special buck that let his guard down just for a moment.

    • Cameron UnruhCameron Unruh
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      Here is a quick pic of my arrows. Poplar on the left then Birch and Douglas Fir on the right.

      I call these my “Take the Shot” arrows. I get 12 to 18 arrows from a 6 dollar piece of lumber. Add some fleching on top of some shelf paper cap wraps and I have arrows that I can shoot at quail sitting on a rock and not get upset if I destroy an arrow. I get more small game with my “TTS” arrows!

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    • rwbowman
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      Obviously, just speculation, but that’s one fine looking piece of lumber splayed out there.

    • Stephen Graf
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      Shelf paper wraps – that sounds good.

      Another cheap option that works well for me is White Lacquer. I have tried various white spray paints with poor results. But White Lacquer in a spray bottle works great. And just 1 coat will do (although 2 coats makes it really nice). A $4 can will last many dozen arrows.

    • Wexbow
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      Beautiful work Cameron. Keep us updated on your hunt progress and hopefully we’ll soon see your tackle propped against the game you’re after…

    • Thornbush Archery
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      That is truly beautiful. I really appreciate that you showed this. Keep up the hard work 😀

    • bruc
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      Just about feel the softness of that quiver without even touching it !! Looks Great !!

      Bruce

    • roninrus1
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      Great job.

      Always feels good to do it yourself.

      Especially when it turns out that well.

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