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    • jebeckjr
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      Lately, I’ve met more than a few people who have given their bow(s) a name. I’ve never done this myself, but am intrigued with the names that people have chosen and the reason.

      If you have named your bow, what’s the name and what’s the story behind it?

    • Jason Wesbrock
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      The first selfbow I ever made didn’t turn out very well. The limbs had more hinges than a hardware store. But it shot an arrow, so I finished it and named it “Firewood.” About a hundred shots later it lived up to it’s name when it blew apart and laid my forehead open.

      I would suggest NOT naming a bow “Firewood.”

    • james gilmer
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      I have a black Cascade bow named Turook ( last Shadow)

      and a Royal Crown named Neytiri from my favorite movie!

    • trapperDave
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      I have a selfbow named “patience” by the bowyer. Made from an osage he cut off my family farm..two years in the making..and very well named IMHO. That one word can get you very far in life in general 8) It is, after all, a virtue πŸ˜€

    • Patrick
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      J.Wesbrock wrote: I would suggest NOT naming a bow “Firewood.”

      πŸ˜†

      trapperDave wrote: I have a selfbow named “patience” by the bowyer.

      I like that.

      I’ve not named one of mine.

    • David Petersen
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      That’s a real pretty bow, tDave. I like the burnished bits. Naming bows is most effective when you’re making your own, or buying new from a custom bowyer who will put your chosen name on. When I was building a lot of bows, each got a name. But they’re all gone now and the names forgotten. My twin Shrew Classic Hunters (except one is a take-down) are Elkheart and Elkheart Too. Some will catch the “clever” play on words. πŸ˜† My ’68 Bear K-Mag has no name, and my beautiful snakey osage selfbow is named for the friend to gave it to me. Having our name, or any other name, put on a bow “permanently” is fun if we plan to own that stick forever, which we often do when trying to justify buying another bow. But how often does it turn out that way? An owner’s name on a bow, like a book signed to a specific person, doesn’t help the resale value at all. But hey, I’m not in this game for profit, as my long-suffering wife and tax returns can attest. 😳 I doubt that you are either.dave

    • Ralph
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      Attaching the names to my bow that I was doing awhile ago was not even right. T’was not the bow that couldn’t hit my arse with both hands but me with had my head buried up there. My bow is only the medium that I was using to perform my acts of ineptness so an apology is due to “Old Gofer” and I will bear the shame of the names I was throwing around. Sorry buddy and I’ll do ya right tomorrow!
      Sometimes it becomes one to put it down,admit his failings, have a talk with himself and his Maker and come back another day.

    • aeronut
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      I made a longbow for my cousin and asked other family members for a name suggestion. His niece came up with the name for it. Her response was, “Since Bob is going to be skewering meat with it you should name it ‘Shishka’.”

      So it is.:wink:

      Dennis

    • George Tsoukalas
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      Each and every one of my bows gets a name. I usually pick a prominent characteristic. If the bow has 2 knots I’ll name her “Two Knots”. πŸ™‚ Jawge

    • T Downing
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      “Elk Medicine” is the name on my heavy (65lb)
      Black Widow Longbow.

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    • trapperDave
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      my VoodooKustom I have named “Marie Lavaux”

    • David Petersen
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      TrapperDave — That is perhaps the most unique and gorgeous take-down I’ve ever seen! Is that real elk antler for the handle section? If so, how is it strengthened? Please provide details. Generally I don’t care for 3-piece take-downs, as I prefer smaller handle sections. But with this bow I’m seriously jealous. 😯 Dave

    • DAbersold
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      OK – I have a Samick Stingray and a Don Dow Stik longbow so, yes, they are Stinger and Stik. Not the most original names granted, but each bow has its own personality, why not a name? I also name most of the arrow creations I make, even if the name is known only to me. πŸ˜€
      A lot of the allure of traditional bowhunting is in the simplicity and unique qualities of the equipment we use. Why not give a name to that?

    • trapperDave
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      yes, that is real elk antler. Its made by a good friend, Steve Hartley. Im pretty sure he’s a member here, voodoo or voodoofire1 maybe. Each and every bow he makes is truly one of a kind. try a search on voodookustoms to see some of his work. Great guy.

    • wildschwein
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      I named my bow “Guerdon” which is a middle english word meaning to reward. My figuring is that with practice and patience, “Guerdon” will reward me and my wife with our winters meat. Corny I know, but it just seems to fit for me.

    • SteveMcD
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      This is Blonde… Northern Mist Bamboo Whisper Longbow

      Beautiful Brunette… Northern Mist Elm Baraga

      Gorgeous Redhead…. Northwind Red Elm Flatbow

      Autumn’s Whisper…Howard Hill Yew & Bamboo Halfbreed

    • George D. Stout
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      I have a friend who called his bow “Lightning” because it never hits the same place twice.

    • DAbersold
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      Awesome post Mr. Stout! Still laughing. πŸ˜†

    • LimbLover
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      My Bama Royal’s name is “Elmer” because it has red elm cores.

      Haven’t had my Hollenbeck very long but I call it “Nails” because it’s just a hard hitting bow. It WANTS to shoot things, I just hold it.

    • George D. Stout
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      LimbLover, is that an older Hollenbeck, or is Roger making bows again?

    • LimbLover
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      George D. Stout wrote: LimbLover, is that an older Hollenbeck, or is Roger making bows again?

      It’s an older Hollenbeck and I wish I knew how to get into contact with Roger because I’d like to find out more about it – recommended brace heights, strings, whats in it, etc.

    • Ripforce
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      I had a 54lb Silver Creek longbow called “The Mule” cause it bucked like one!

    • FUBAR
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      My Mahaska recurve is fast deadly and real mean on the whitetails. I call him…….”Rudy” My girls like Ice Age:lol:

    • lcarrow
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      I call my black widow, the widow maker

    • David Petersen
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      Larry, that’s one white “yellow” Lab you have there! Welcome to Tradbow. Dave

    • lcarrow
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      Thanks Dave,he is in two feet of snow.

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