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a quick and dirty survival bow
Nov 25th, 2009 at 10:42am
 
otherwise known as a bundle bow. for those unable to craft a traditional bow here is an easy alternative. usually made with three to eight branches of relatively equal thickness. most are between five and six feet long. this one is a bit shorter at four feet. it's made of honeysuckle bound with flax and pulls around 25lbs at full draw, more than enough for small game at close range.

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Re: a quick and dirty survival bow
Reply #1 - Nov 25th, 2009 at 10:45am
 
some videos say garden stakes, young saplings, and Japanese honeysuckle are the best.
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Reply #2 - Nov 25th, 2009 at 11:04am
 
I would say there are too many long branches and not enough short branches in that. Its bending in the middle and not at the ends. If you shorten some of the branches its like tillering the bow and it will bend at the ends as well, giving much more power.
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Reply #3 - Nov 25th, 2009 at 3:33pm
 
wicked...  Shocked is the string flax too?

ive always liked those kind of bows. they have a simple but mean look to them.
i made one before out of some small river cane but yours is nicer.
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Reply #4 - Nov 25th, 2009 at 8:56pm
 
I am going to try this... I would go out now if it wasn't dark.  We are attacking with the honeysuckles but there are still plenty of them for this... don't know if they are Japanese though... oh well, I'll try anyway
Will jute work for binding/string?
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Reply #5 - Nov 25th, 2009 at 10:06pm
 
Nice! That's a survival weapon anyone can make. Thanks, paleoarts!

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Reply #6 - Nov 27th, 2009 at 1:19pm
 
David is, of course, right. by using longer and shorter lengths you mimic tillering and produce a much more efficient bow. i was just being lazy  Tongue  here it is again properly bundled. i'm using reletively thin branches so it goes 10 at the handle, 8 at the mid point, and 6 at the ends. if yours are thicker you might want 7,5,3 or even 6,4,2 depending on size and material. just about any cordage is suittable for the binding as long as it's TIGHT! for the string, though, you want the strongest cordage available. this one is hand twisted two-ply jute.

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Reply #7 - Nov 27th, 2009 at 2:51pm
 
i guess i would be easy to make a kind of composite bow Huh
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Reply #8 - Nov 27th, 2009 at 4:04pm
 
Talking about survival, I remember my father made one bow like the last one to me when I was a youth, but from steel ribs(?) from a parasol.  It was short, obviously, but immensely powerful, as I remember it.  The arrows splintered when fired at wooden targets.  I fear they make parasols from lower quality materials these days .
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Reply #9 - Nov 27th, 2009 at 5:52pm
 
What does tillering mean in this context ?
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Reply #10 - Nov 27th, 2009 at 6:48pm
 
That's a great tip, paleoarts!  I never considered doing that in an emergency, or just for something to do on a camping trip! 25 lbs would be plenty of pull for all but deer in my area.  I want to try it.
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Reply #11 - Nov 27th, 2009 at 8:07pm
 
Thearos, tillering is basically tapering and/or shaping the limbs of a bow to achieve the desired flex. David was correct when he said it was bending too much in the middle. a good bow flexes along an even arc in mid limb, leaving the middle/handle and the tips pretty stiff. in the case of the bundle bow, you use shorter and longer branches tied in to tiller.

by the way, the bow is still pulling a little over 25lbs. but it's shooting much faster. thanks for keeping me on my toes, Morningstar.  Wink
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Reply #12 - Nov 27th, 2009 at 8:15pm
 
looks better ! (not that it looked bad before lol)
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Re: a quick and dirty survival bow
Reply #13 - Nov 27th, 2009 at 8:18pm
 
Rat Man wrote on Nov 27th, 2009 at 6:48pm:
That's a great tip, paleoarts!  I never considered doing that in an emergency, or just for something to do on a camping trip! 25 lbs would be plenty of pull for all but deer in my area.  I want to try it.

The SAS survival handbook advises that you make a "bundle bow" if you're in the woods or a "slingshot from hide" (with a sling illustrated) in the plains if you have time to practice. The US manual FM 21-76 realistically knows that a G.I. is going to be successful with his bare (or bear) hands. Hooah!   Wink
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Reply #14 - Nov 27th, 2009 at 9:48pm
 
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