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Old 04-19-2009, 09:01 AM
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Hi guys and galls,

I just got back from my second tour in the jungles of Suriname, upper amazone territory.
I spent some time with indian tribes like the Trio and Wayana and they shoot a mean stickbow with long arrows. And because I helped out their school with books and writingmaterials they made two bows with 6 arrows for me as a gift.
letterwood bows and reed arrows with feathers of harpy eagle ( I had to lie my way through customs ) I would have just prefered chicken feathers but they always make their arrows like that.
I'll post pics asap, right now I have trainplanesbus syndrome I travelled for more than 24h straight and I need some sleep.

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Old 04-19-2009, 09:21 AM
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Awesome, looking forward to your pics of your journey and I'm really looking forward to pics of your new bow!
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Old 04-19-2009, 01:51 PM
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Can't wait to see the pics, and story!
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Old 04-19-2009, 02:43 PM
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yah I am interested in seeing some pics too
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Old 04-19-2009, 02:46 PM
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Sounds like a heck of a trip, looking forward to the pics.
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Old 04-19-2009, 08:17 PM
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Man, thats just cool. I would be curious on thier construction. Did you get to watch them tillering it and building it? Maybe some details on the bow.
 
Old 04-20-2009, 04:43 AM
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Sounds awesome is that anywher near the Amazon?
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:57 AM
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Pics of the bows are up under "my new bows" thread.

Some info on the indian bows; the shape is similar to the trad long bow, one side flat and one side rounded. The indians use a the front teeth of the jawbone from peccari or wild pigs. String is twisted sisal handmade as well. Arrows are reeds and tips are hardwood which is really hard !!! I shot an arrow in the edges of a 2x4 beam holding the cardboard target we were aiming at and it went in deep !.
The feathers are held by cotton string and have a little twist at the end to get some spin.
The idian who helped us shoots a 9 out of 10 at any range out to 30 yards, hitting anything the size of an apple.
They have three standard arrowtips, one for fish, one for small birds and one for monkeys and pigs. They used to dip them in currare poison but nowadays the old .22 are more commonly used.

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Old 04-26-2009, 01:04 PM
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Frank,
Sounds like you had an Awesome experience indeed.

What a gift!! I'm sure you will always cherish that!

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Old 04-27-2009, 10:12 AM
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Guys, I have about 16gb of pics I need to sort out. Before that I need to get a second harddrive because I'm all out of space.
But I'm going to write a journal and add the best pics asap.

thx

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