Okay Ladies and Gentlemen... Here are the pics please give me your comments and thoughts on my progress so far....
Kaya Bow, black leather grip after drying 24 hours outside grip. You can see the line where it joins for placement, but it is barely noticeable when looking at it. The original grip also had it join on this side, but the maker overlays the pattern so its difficult to distinguish, does a good job on it. Whats underneath is the black foam grip, which was in previous pictures. You can also see the arrow pass leather also is finished in this way.
Inside Grip, clean. Notice the string, switched it to the white one for a few days
Here is the paracord wrapped over the leather as it dried to keep pressure on the leather to the grip, and the 2 ends together at the seam. I wrapped it tightly, and I think it helped with the proper adhesion no bubbles, and beautiful placement.There was just enough glue on the other side the back of the leather was smoothed over with the plastic knive evenly. Once I removed the wrap, it was stationary, rock solid stationary. This can be peeled off if need be and replaced or whatever. No permanence to this mod. If you have a slight crease, rub some lotion on it, and keep rubbing the spot, the glue may still move around a tiny bit to get out any imperfections you find when you remove the cord.
Looks more like a big boys bow already.. Classy.
This is the Kaya Khan. About to pull the wrap off. This is just my technique, I have never done this before, or even worked with leather or on my bows. I just felt that it would make it better, the ideas just come to me. It feels refreshing to be able to do this. I But I was very happy with the way its turning out so far..
I put one of those rubber tubes used to cover recurve and long bows I got from 3riversarchery, the shur grip. You cut the length to fit and roll over the handle. The original suede and laces are still under there. It gave me a very nice grip on the bow, an improvement for my big hands. And I glued the leather and wrapped around that. So its really removeable. This one I put the seam on the outside, because of the contour of the grip. It was a flat surface to close the seam on the outside grip, the inside has a contour that I didnt think would be good to put the seam there.
Outside of grip, the seam is very slight. That I might try to cover with a thin strip of stingray for added grip and to cover the seam, but it doesnt need it... Feels rock solid as it is.
Ready for action baby! I think this bow is perfect now! For now..Ha! Oh man the grip feels awesome with the 3 finger draw... Makes the draw feel like a little less weight 55# as it spreads the pressure on my left hand when drawing it back because the grip fills my hand much better and I'm drawing at a slight cant with this bow since its meant for 3 finger draw.
My 2 (for now) Korean Brothers From Another Mother...
Note the quiver. Its an old Neet classic quiver that most of you have seen or used, It was the first quiver my father got me. Its at least 15 years old. I had some material left over so I decided my bows needed their company to dress accordingly to the occasion.
You can see I wrapped it around the seam, marked it with one of my kids colored pencil to fit, tried fitting a bunch of times to make sure I had it right, fitting is everything, if you want it to look good. Because once that glue is on, theres no turning back for that piece of trim. I actually miscalculated the length, but had enough red leather to cover it on the trim and it actually worked out! I stuffed the quiver with newspapers to make it rock hard and give it a shape. Otherwise, these quivers are so soft you will have a hard time wrapping it and fitting it. Once it hardens it actually makes the quiver stiffer which was a bonus. I plan on lining the top of the quiver with Black rabbit fur trim on the outside and inside to quiet it a bit. And will finish it off with a stingray butt cap if I have the right size material left over. I turned a tired old quiver, into the new girl on the block! Now, with the arrows... I think I'm good to go. When the bamboo arrows come in, I will attempt make those and show you guys how it goes... stay tuned.. give us your opinions and ideas. Be brutal, Be honest. Just say something guys. I want to know that I'm not the only person who's wondering the possibilities here. Straight Mind. Straight Body. (Learned that from thomas).