Custom Recurve Bows + Custom Longbows

Cari-bow Features & Options

Handmade & Custom Bows: Performance.  Durability.  Beauty.

Below you can see some of the features and options available from Cari-bow.


Limb Construction

In the limbs I use a blend of compound tapering, which  gives excellent performance and  low hand shock.  These bows can throw arrows at very respectable speeds- sometimes surpassing the performance of carbon limb bows.  In addition, they are whisper silent and almost totally still in the hand after the shot.  Experienced hunters know that a silent bow can avoid alerting animals, allowing a second shot.  Many  Cari-bow limbs  come with  an Action Boo Core (longbows) or Maple core (recurves).

Static Tips- The “Secret Sauce” of Handmade Archery Bow

The static tips delivers  more power without sacrificing smoothness

The static tips delivers more power without sacrificing smoothness

Compound tapered limbs provide excellent performance, but Cari-bow recurves have another feature to enhance speed and smoothness. At first it seems a contradiction, because with increased speed and draw weight there is usually an increase in shock and noise.  A static tip refers to the end of a recurve limb that flexes very little, or not at all.  It lends to a strong draw weight early in the pull, and on release, the string “rolls” along the tip, becoming whisper quiet.


Teardrop riser

One of many riser options of Cari-bow

Risers are available as a single wood “standard” riser, or with “premium” variations of shape and layers.  All have in common a pistol  style grip, and in some models a thumb groove has been added to help you keep consistent form.

Premium Risers usually have two contrasting woods to give an attractive pattern.

The “teardrop riser” has a contrasting wood  inserted into the riser to create a unique artistic impression in using wood variations.

The “diamond series” riser uses one selection of wood in a diamond shape.  Ebony is a popular choice for this option.

The “flare riser” has a contrasting wood that sweeps through the grip area.


Face Overlays Standard and Optional

On standard face overlays you will get 3 layers; a layer of black glass; a second layer of accent wood and the top layer is generally the same as the riser wood.

The overlays with face arrow point has the same layers as standard, but instead of them being rounded over top and bottom they will come to a point both top and bottom.

Takedown Technology

In addition to one piece longbows and recurves, Cari-bow offers 3 piece and 2 piece takedown models.  I have tested these takedowns and find them to be very close to the original one piece versions in terms of strength.  If you have a need to pack your longbow or recurve in a tight space, don’t hesitate to select a takedown model.  They give the performance of a one piece and you will have the advantage of easier packing!

Custom Antler & Wood Burning Options

I do the wood burning  by hand on the last lamination before gluing up the bow, and it is usually an animal or item of interest that the archer prefers to have on his/her limb to show of a successful hunt or just a symbol they like.

View the photo gallery of antler and wood burning examples by clicking here.

Custom Wood Combinations

 View the photo gallery of wood combinations we have used by clicking here.

Epoxy Protective Coating

Each Cari-bow is given a series of 6 to 8 Epoxy coatings.  This, along with the moisture resistant qualities of the fiberglass used in the limbs, gives a handmade bow that is beautiful and highly weather resistant.  Don’t be afraid to follow in the footsteps of hunters who have endured extreme temperatures and extended outings in rain and snow with their Cari-bows.  When not in use, the Cari-bow should be unstrung and stored in a cool dry area.