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chris S.
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archery help
Jul 1st, 2004 at 3:47pm
 
im new to the whole field of primitive weapons and am fascinated by it

im am wondering about making bows and arrows,

qeustions:
is it expensive?
is it hard?
what kind of wood do you use?
and web sites about it or instructional web pages

also any hints or suggestions
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Reply #1 - Jul 1st, 2004 at 4:15pm
 
If you happen to live near a wood, it is totally free. Wink
It is not as hard as it seems if you know a little about wood.  And it depends what bow you intend to make that affects the level of difficulty.  There are some great lists of good bow woods out there, but the best in Europe are Elm and Yew, in Asia, mulberry, in America, Hickory, Osage and a couple of others.  Birch and ash are also quite good bow woods.  One cardinal rule, the only one I can think of right now, is not to cut into the sapwood on the back of the bow (unless you are making a backed composite.)  The reason is that cutting down to the grain means that splinters will rise up in the wood, ie, the bow will develop a fret, crack, whatever you want to call it, and break, if not immediately, then pretty quickly.  If there is anything you don't understand here, then look it up somewhere, there are lots of resources out there.  Some good books are Longbow by Robert Hardy and the Encyclopedia of Native American Bows, Arrows and Quivers by Jim Hamm and Steve Allely, I think.  Ask if you need and more pointers, hopefully someone here can help you out.
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Reply #2 - Jul 1st, 2004 at 4:50pm
 
ok thanks any more help would be greatly appreciated
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Reply #3 - Jul 1st, 2004 at 5:03pm
 
go here, they have all the supplies, books, videos, kits, and just about anything else you'll need to make your own archery equiptment:

http://www.threeriversarchery.com
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Reply #4 - Jul 1st, 2004 at 5:51pm
 
Get the book,"The Bowyers Bible, Vol 1". It will have it all on how to start. Self bows(all wood bows) takes a little practice, but you will soon be able to make them with your eyes closed! I've now moved on to Asiatic recurves. I'm now sinewing a Mongol bow that has me really excited. I'll get some pics up when I finish it.
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Reply #5 - Jul 1st, 2004 at 10:02pm
 
It can be as cheap and has expensive as you want to make it. My first bow was cut for free and i did all the work with a scrhade sharp finger knife. So i only had at the most $20 dollars in the knife. Take my advice, a good bow can be made with just a knife.
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Reply #6 - Jul 2nd, 2004 at 1:10pm
 
And a nice looking bow needs only sandpaper and a knife.
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