15845Re: make my own bow
- Aug 8, 2004The Traditional Bowyer's Bibles are great but can be a bit
intimidating for a novice bowyer. A board bow is often the easiest
way to start.
Here is Jawge board bow buildalong link.
This is Tim Baker's instructions. No pictures but clear
instructions including how to season whitewood if you decide to
chop a tree down instead of buying a board.
If you decide to do a board bow, selecting the right board is
crucial. Be prepared to walk away from woodpile empty handed.
As for tools, I use either a drawknife or spokeshave for initial
shaping. For tillering I use a farrier's rasp and a cabinet scraper.
Costs. Hmmm. If you keep to minimum tools, you can probably
keep the tool cost to below $50. Some primitive types like to do
everything with a hatchet. A board will cost you $10. A real stave
in hickory might set you back $40. Osage Orange will be a bit
more and a Yew stave will cost you more than most bows. Of
course, you can just go an cut down your own tree. I live in an
urban area so chopping trees down in parks is heavily
discouraged. And, it is fairly standard for the beginning bowyer
to fail in his first few bows. Each bow will probably take you
anywhere from 15 to 30 hours to complete.
Bottom line is that, if your main interest is in shooting, then I
would recommend you shop around for a cheap bow. If the idea
of actually making a bow really appeals, go for it. But don't get
fooled into thinking it saves you money. Like any hobby, you will
find yourself spending as much money on it as you save.
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, Llywelyn ap Iowerth
> Hello my name is Michael (mundane name) / Llywelyn(persona name). I am still new to the SCA and also to Archery. I
do not have a lot of money being the only breadwinner in my
family. Never the less I would still like to get into archery. While
looking for a bow to buy I found some web-sites that shows
pictures of other people making bow. So I was hoping that that
someone in this group knows a detailed web-site or a book on
how to make a longbow. There must be something out there that
can show someone how do make a longbow without any special
wood working tools. I would appreciate any help anyone could
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