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Varabow

Postby bowhunterfrompast » Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:25 am

I was told this is a Varabow made in Arkansas, around the early 70's. Name of bowyer unknown. Anyone know the history about this one.

The working limbs, are connected to the rigid limbs with rubber tubing. As you pull back on the string, tension is created from the tubing. I guess you could change the tubing, for more or less poundage. Very interesting concept.

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Re: Varabow

Postby Wade Phillips » Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:24 am

Yes, your bow is a Varabow.

Mine is ink stamped in the sight window "Varabow PAT. PENDING"

On Jan 6, 1969 Jerome Van Henke, of Magnolia, Arkansas, applied for a patent for it and on Jan 5, 1971 was granted a US patent for his unique invention.

They were made in both right hand and left hand. They actaully work, but are not great shooters.

These are some of the patent illustrations...
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Re: Vari-Bow

Postby bowhunterfrompast » Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:39 am

Wade...Thanks for the info.

George Bigelow is the owner of this Varabow, he showed it to me on a recent visit. I had never seen one before, thought it was unique.
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Re: Varabow

Postby Grant Young » Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:48 pm

Wade- would you call this a "modern" Penobscot design? GY
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Re: Varabow

Postby Wade Phillips » Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:09 pm

Grant -

I am not certain what your reference to "Penobscot design" means exactly.

Perhaps you can explian or post photographs of the "Penobscot design"
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Re: Varabow

Postby Grant Young » Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:25 pm

Wade- The Penobscots were a Native American tribe that developed a very unique bow that worked and looked much like this. I'll google a bit and post a link. GY
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Re: Varabow

Postby Grant Young » Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:28 pm

http://www.woodlandarchery.com/prod12.htm This is a link Wade. Much more available with a little search but I'm about to step out. This bow design was unique to this Eastern Coastal tribe. I'll check bac at the first opportunity. Grant
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Re: Varabow

Postby Falk » Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:51 pm

Cool showpiece!
I thought of a Penobscot on first sight too. I held a Penobscot (design) in hand once but have no pictures of that particular bow. I would think the Varabow falls far behind a Penobscot in efficiency. I know I have an article somewhere on the Penobscot design but cant find it just now. Sorry, no info on the Varabow from me other then the already listed patent from Wade ...
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Re: Varabow

Postby JavelinaHink » Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:03 pm

Here's a flyer for the bow I have. Hink.... :) ImageImage
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Re: Varabow

Postby Wade Phillips » Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:50 pm

Grant - Thanks for posting the link tot he Penobscot bow.

Yes the Varabow looks similar to the Penobscot but the Varabow gets its energy from stretching the rubber, where as the Penobscot gets its energy from bending 4 wooden limbs. The limbs of the Varabow are so large and strong, they could not possibly bend at all.

Falk - I agree with you that the Penobscot appears to be a far more efficent bow.

Bill - Nice brochure for the Varabow!
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Re: Varabow

Postby Var » Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:59 pm

The Varabow was Made by my Dad, in Magnolia, Ark. His Name was Jerome Van Hecke. I Have pictures of the 1st one. He should get his do for this. I think he came up with the Idea for this bow in 1968 or 1967. I still have one he gave me. It was a cool idea to change the power on the Bow. I' m glad there are some of these bows still out there.
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Re: Varabow

Postby Var » Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:07 pm

My Dad Made this bow, His name was Jerome Van Hecke
Wade Phillips wrote:Yes, your bow is a Varabow.

Mine is ink stamped in the sight window "Varabow PAT. PENDING"

On Jan 6, 1969 Jerome Van Henke, of Magnolia, Arkansas, applied for a patent for it and on Jan 5, 1971 was granted a US patent for his unique invention.

They were made in both right hand and left hand. They actaully work, but are not great shooters.

These are some of the patent illustrations...
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Re: Varabow

Postby bowhunterfrompast » Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:51 am

Var....How many of the Varabows did your Dad make and for how long?
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Re: Varabow

Postby Oklahoma Leatherman » Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:56 pm

Var,
I would enjoy more information on your fathers bows as well. Please share more for those of us that this is our first time to ever even see one!!

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Re: Varabow

Postby bjorn » Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:28 pm

There is just no end to man's ingenuity! :archer2: :archer2:
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Re: Varabow

Postby Var » Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:12 pm

My dad's company made over 250 bows and there may be more than that. I think they made them in Pine bluff Ark. The rubber hose on this bow can be replace easy. It was made to move up and down on notches. This would change the power. You could put a stronger rubber hose on this bow and make it stronger. He was going to start makeing them again but he passed away. I just don't want the history of it lost. Thanks for all your info on it.
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Re: Varabow

Postby Var » Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:19 pm

varabow pics 14.jpg
This was the 1st Varabow
This was the 1st varabow.
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Re: Varabow

Postby wally7 » Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:47 am

I know this is an old thread but I've always been fascinated by this bow and I'm trying to acquire one.
Anybody know where one is for sale?
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