I collect Shakespeare Root bows as well as few Bear Bows. I contacted Al and he said that he had decals for my 1957 Bear Cub. The Cub was in fair to poor shape when I got it. The belly had some deep stress cracks, there was also a cut mark on the belly and the back of the bow had slivers of fiberglass coming though the deteriorated finish. However the riser was excellent condition and the leather wrap was in great shape. It was a perfect candidate for the Loctite 420 treatment. This requires injecting the cracks with the Loctite 420 “super glue” until the crack is flush with the fiberglass. (watch out for glued fingers!) It was also helpful to hold down the splinters on the bow’s back.
If you want other maker’s decals you will have to supply Al with excellent high resolution photographs. This can be tough to do if you don’t have a bow with one of the decals. If you have a friend with the decal you need then you are in luck. Otherwise you will need to troll the internet looking for a clear high resolution image. He prefers them in a PDF or TIFF format. However if you are not Photoshop savvy he will use a good quality JPEG.
- Old Bow Rehabilitation Service- Recurves, Longbows. Rick Rappe; author of “Vintage Bows 1 & II” - you will be in good hands. His email: email@example.com
- Bowdocs Archery Finish Restorer http://myworld.ebay.com/bowdocs/