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Message started by vetryan15 on Sep 11th, 2020 at 2:47pm

Title: 1st ever bow. Almost done
Post by vetryan15 on Sep 11th, 2020 at 2:47pm
So after a few months, and this being my 3rd attempt at a bow. ( 1 piece did break to the perfect size and shape of an atlatl, next project.)  The first 2, didnt make it passed a floor tiller. Due to me getting super excited and bending it too far, until i heard that unfortunate crack. Now i am saying this is almost done, because i want to do some finishing touches (reduce the handle, and still need to include some kind of an arrow rest, and leather handle.)  Now  i wanted to attempt to make this bow out of the least amount of tools possible.  My own challenge  just in case while in the woods if i need to build a bow, from a couple of tools from my BOB, or camping. I only used a hatchet, a double sided rasp, and a tiny bit of sandpaper to smooth it out. Nothing else. I did use a draw knife, to remove bark, but could have done it with a knife or hatchet.

Now the bow,  it is maple, 61" tall, not sure of the draw weight due to no scale, which i will be picking up soon. I would have to estimate under 30lbs, maybe closer to 20. I can check in the future.  Now the bow has a couple pin holes in 1 limb, very tiny but the holes go all the way through. It does have a hinge that is noticeable, maybe in the pic as well. I can see it. Also the steam bend DID NOT work. Lol. I probably did it wrong, but oh well.  The bow string i did purchase,  it was a flemish twist 58", (B-55 dracon ) which gives the brace on the handle to the string 6in. That is gonna be a skill i work on during the winter. Cordage and bow string making.

    I only have a single arrow, with no tip, as i still need to measure my arrow length,  thats the excuse for no video. And of me not shooting it. Plus i haven't shot a bow in about 7 years, and the 10yo kids were outshooting me at that time.  ;D

Its not the prettiest,  its definitely UGLY. I call it OLD UGLY. But it definitely shoots.
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Title: Re: 1st ever bow. Almost done
Post by vetryan15 on Sep 11th, 2020 at 2:48pm
I also apologize for my really BAD form

Title: Re: 1st ever bow. Almost done
Post by Kick on Sep 11th, 2020 at 3:11pm
Nice! It's looking good!

Title: Re: 1st ever bow. Almost done
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 11th, 2020 at 7:13pm

vetryan15 wrote on Sep 11th, 2020 at 2:48pm:
I also apologize for my really BAD form


NOOCís rules for public display of novice skills on Internet forums...
Rule #27:
When you have bad form, donít apologize. Instead, claim youíve invented a new technique and then name it after yourself.

Title: Re: 1st ever bow. Almost done
Post by joe_meadmaker on Sep 11th, 2020 at 11:19pm
Nice man!† Looking good!  :thumb:

Title: Re: 1st ever bow. Almost done
Post by vetryan15 on Sep 12th, 2020 at 12:23pm
Thanks everyone.  I been showing it off to a few people who nkw want to buy some. Which i dont think they understand thatits my 1st one.

@NOC.  Haha thats funny shit. I will have to remember that for next time

Title: Re: 1st ever bow. Almost done
Post by Mersa on Sep 13th, 2020 at 10:28pm
Good job

Title: Re: 1st ever bow. Almost done
Post by walter on Sep 13th, 2020 at 11:19pm
A hatchet, rasp and a tiny bit of sand paper. Amazing!

Title: Re: 1st ever bow. Almost done
Post by vetryan15 on Sep 14th, 2020 at 5:40am
Thanks. It definitely could be better. But for my 1st one, and only a few simple tools. Pretty happy with it.

Title: Re: 1st ever bow. Almost done
Post by Bill Skinner on Sep 14th, 2020 at 6:46pm
Good tiller.  Nice even bend.  You followed the grain, the perfect bows you see in movies are usually made of fiber glass.

So, how does it shoot?

Title: Re: 1st ever bow. Almost done
Post by Rat Man on Sep 14th, 2020 at 7:26pm
Looks good.

Title: Re: 1st ever bow. Almost done
Post by vetryan15 on Sep 15th, 2020 at 7:48am
Thanks again,

@Bill, its definitely not perfect.  I wish the photos could tell more. But it still has the propeller twist, annd ome limb has a hinge in it. I do not have any arrows, and it needs a few touch ups. So not too sure how it shoots. But its very lightweight. 

Title: Re: 1st ever bow. Almost done
Post by Bill Skinner on Sep 15th, 2020 at 11:20am
You are way ahead of me on bow making.  I broke the first several several.  So, having a functioning bow for the first try is actually very good. 

Title: Re: 1st ever bow. Almost done
Post by vetryan15 on Sep 15th, 2020 at 12:54pm
It was actually, my 3rd attempt.  Lol. But i did a lot of reading of TBB, and watched hours of YouTube videos,  plus my knife makimg mentor. I can text whenever he has 20 plus years of bow making as well. I asked alot of questions here as i was going along.

I wish it was my 1st try. The first 2 didnt get past tillering as i got too excited and bent them too much and snapped in half ;D

Title: Re: 1st ever bow. Almost done
Post by Bill Skinner on Sep 16th, 2020 at 11:42am
BTDT.   ;D

I'm like you, I try to go too fast and, generally, bad things happen.   ;D

Title: Re: 1st ever bow. Almost done
Post by vetryan15 on Sep 16th, 2020 at 3:13pm
Yeh, i hVe done my fair share of crash and burn, on plenty of projects,  hobbies and jobs. You would think i would learn. But NO. Lol

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