The same way you would learn to make any bow. Ask around. Read books.
Join forums. Watch videos. Experiment.
Volume 3 of the Traditional Bowyers Bible covers a Korean hornbow.
Various issues of Primitive Archer also cover the same. There are
various websites that do build alongs.
Check out the forum on the Atarn.org site. There is a section on
hornbows and there are some very experienced hornbow makers that are
regularly on the forum. There is a video on Korean Hornbows that I
believe has recently been migrated from VHS to either DVD or VCD.
My first attempt at an asian style hornbow didn't involve using any
horn at all. I did it mainly as an experiment in sinewing a bow. It's
way underpower and the sinew without the horn belly adds more weight
than power so I named the bow The Slug. Not a super success but a
learning experience that was done rather cheaply. I learned that cow
sinew is a really pain to process. Other sinews like deer or ostrich
are much easier to process. I learned it really is important to
degrease the bow first. I learned how to make 'hide' glue from knox
gelatin and I learned how to make glue from proper hide glue.
At some point down the road, I will make son of slug and put some of
the lessons to work. Eventually, I want to build not just a Chinese bow
but composite prod crossbow.
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "James" <achbar@e...> wrote:
> Where would you learn to make these?