So, I have always loved looking at all of your bows, They are gorgeous, and pieces of art in and of themselves. I have lusted after schaffers, and Black widows, Shrews and others, And unfortunately could never justify spending the money. I do love my Kodiak, and was fortunate enough to have it given to me.
As of late, i have been perusing craiglist in search of affordable recurves, and have found a few. as one could expect, a 40 dollar bow is not going to be in the most perfect of shape, but as long as there is no separation or cracks i am happy.
The First bow I found was a Plyoflex Condor
I picked it up for 55 bucks, and the finish was a little rough and worn, so i redid it. Silly me forgot to take befores but this is the after
I picked up another 2 the other day, A Tristate jaguar and a pearson pony, all for 70 bucks.
the pony is in great shape, just needs a string, and it will be good to go. Really neat little boy, Debating on gifting it to a cousin for christmas.
The tristate, on the other hand, has some tape marks, and finish issues, and some other things, And i thought that maybe i would make a walk through of how i restored the last one, As this one is a bit worse for wear, but a pretty neat piece of wood.
I do love the laminate tips
But the finish is a bit rough
you can see where there was something stuck to it, or it was wrapped
So first things first, I wtire down all the info off the Bow, as it appears on the bow. This bow did not have an AMO length, So i measured from string groove to string groove.
I use a tailors Tape, they are flexible and easy to read
these are the things i will be using in the process
I taped the glass, as i dont want to be sanding on that, I should have goo gone'd first, but I was tired, and logic escaped me
Ran outta tape, so the new stuff was darker lol
Goo gone off the old adhesive from the plate and rug, I use a flat pick to get in the corner of the shelf
Starting with coarse 100 grit, I cut it into manageable pieces
After sanding off the finish i give a quick alcohol wipe down, the fade line is gone, and it looks like it is going to be a very pretty piece of wood.
the Shelf side of the riser, only below the shelf is sanded.
there is some excellent grain in the wood, i really thing this is going to be an exceptionally pretty bow. I will post more as i progress