How do you make a custom bow even more custom?
One of my greatest pleasures in building bows is getting to work with all of the beautiful and unique woods. I absolutely love digging through units of wood looking for unique boards to offer to my customers. Many times each year I work with customers, helping them pick out the woods for their dream bows. Some customers leave it up to me to choose, but others want to be much more involved. To appease those folks, I devised The Custom Shop. As I am cutting veneers, I’ll pull out the most unique, number them, photograph them and put them up on The Veneers Page. You’ll be able to peruse the pictures and pick out the individual pairs of veneers to grace the limbs of your future bow. There are more species of veneers at The Custom Shop than are shown as options of the price list.
I offer a wide and continually expanding variety of woods for both the handles and the limbs. I hand pick the woods for unique color and grain figure. Some options are zebra wood, bubinga, Eastern walnut and Claro walnut, Pacific and Eastern maple—curly, birds eye and straight grain, both Gabon and Macassar ebony, madrone, cocobolo, bocote, ziricote, myrtle, Montebello, snakewood, dyed actionwood, camo actionwood, red elm, yew, Osage, Brazilian Rosewood, black and white ebony, purpleheart, verawood, spalted Pacific maple, purpleheart, Pau Verde, tulipwood, Shedua and others. If I don’t have it, I’m happy to hunt it down for you.
I offer two different limbs for all of my bow models, the XT, a veneered limb and the SL limb. Both limbs offer excellent performance, but the veneered limb offers more options and combinations of wood species. The veneered limb is available with either a single actionboo or maple actionwood tapered core. The back and the belly of the limbs are faced with veneers of your choice. Some woods, while they show incredible beauty, do not lend themselves to excellent performance in speed and durability. For this reason, I hand pick, cut and book match my own laminations and then grind them to .025” to maximize both performance and beauty. Veneers on the back and belly of the limb can be different species to offer a uniquely custom look.
The SL limb features two tapered laminations of actionwood, walnut, flat or edge grained red elm, zebra wood, bubinga or maple to name a few. The tapers can be dyed or shown in their natural color.
Limb tips are reinforced with micarta and a proprietary material, enabling the use of any low stretch string materials on the market. The bow is supplied with an Astroflight Flemish string.
The Stalker handles have a positive grip that is designed to fit you. We offer high, medium and low wrist grips on a beautiful handmade riser. If you prefer to send us a grip that you are comfortable with, we will be happy to duplicate it. All of our bows are designed to utilize a brace height of 7 ¼”-7 ¾”. This allows the string to stay in contact with the arrow through a longer power stroke, which in turn increases performance—delivering greater energy to the arrow.
All Stalker bows are tillered to shoot off the shelf, unless you direct us to do otherwise. The radius shelf is cut to sit just above the hand. This allows the arrow to be aligned directly under the shooter’s eye, making the arrow a virtual extension of your index finger. Our bows shoot where you are looking, so don’t look at the horns!
All of the Wolverine recurve handles are cut 3/16” past center, making the bow more forgiving when selecting arrow spine. Both the Dingo and the Coyote handles are cut 1/8” past center. The Wolverine handles are available in two different handle lengths, 16 ½” and 18 ½”. I can build a 56”, 58” and 60” bow off of the short handle and 60”, 62”, 64” and 66” off of the 18 ½” handle.