I got a couple of requests about info on baleen backed bows. Baleen was very comonly used on long bows of the 1800. It is strong flexable and aids in speed, great material. Here is my caution, if your as white as I am and work the baleen you got at sears from the nice native family you could go to jail or be fined! The feds are even tightening the rules and enforcement for natives, a simple signature is no longer enough to make raw baleen "artwork"!
Here is how I plan on dealling with this issue, I will be biulding a colabrative bow with one of my Native Alaskan freinds. He will do the cutting and lamination under my supervision and add some skrimshaw of his own. I plan on documenting th entier process so I have proff of native involvement in the bow where requiered by law. This plan is pending LEO aproval, I need to contact F&G yet. I am proceeding very cautiously on this project. If you too feel a strong desiere for a baleen backed bow I highly suggest you do YOUR homework before making the first cut!
PS can I get a spelling Nazi?