[su_note]Make A Bow [/su_note]
Select The Wood Type
To obtain good quality bow it is important to select a good quality wood. There are numerous types of woods have been used throughout the year. The first wooden archery bows were made from Yew type of wood. The commonly used wood type are Red oak, Bamboo, Hickory, Mulberry, Walnut, yew, Ash, Maple, Osage Orange and Elm. You need to ensure which type of wood will suit you to make a bow.
For example, Red Oak is easy to find and available in cheap.
Bamboo is that you’re guaranteed to have straight grain and has natural fiber.
Hickory is popular for backing bows.
Select the Wood according to your need.
Cutting The Wood
After selecting the right choice of wood take a piece of it. Find the tree in your locals or get a permission if you think to get it from others. Use a sharp edge knife or cutter to cut the wood. Check whether the log has enough length to make a bow. Cut the log with knife edge cutter.
Split Log With Saw Or Cutter
Use wood saw or power tools to split the log into vertically half. Ensure the splitted wood doesn’t have any twists or bends. Because twists or bends in log will give asymmetric shape. Split little amount of wood from one side of one end. Turn the bow around and remove the wood from opposite side at the other end. Keep removing the wood barks until it gets a good shape.
Ensure It Has Good Width And Depth
Every bow needs to handle strong. The centre portion of the wood used to hold a bow strong. So, tapering the wood is important one while doing bow. Taper the width and depth of the bow to the tips. This will slightly improve your bow shape. Narrow the handle width slightly. The depth of the handle is left alone it is to knee it stiff.
Make notch on two sides of the bow to tie a string. Use knife or chisel to resize the bow ends and make a good shape to hold the string strong.
[su_note]Prepare The String [/su_note]
Know About Form Of Strings
A string joins the two ends of the bow and launches the arrow. Desirable properties include light weight, strength, resistance to abrasion and resistance to water. Most bowstrings may be described as either simple, reverse twisted or looped.
Simple strings may be made of any fiber, twisted into a single cord.
Reverse twisted strings are traditional in Europe and North America for most natural materials. Linen and Hemp fiber have been widely used.
Looped strings are made of one or more continuous loops of material. Modern strings are often made as a single continuous loop.
Know About The String Materials
Traditional materials include Linen, Hemp, Sinew, Silk, Rawhide and other vegetable fibers. Naturally Natural fibers would be very unusual on modern recurve or compound bows but are still effective and used on traditional wooden or composite bows. Sinew and hide strings may be seriously affected by water. Widely used modern materials are Dacron, Kevlar, Vectron, Spectra and Dyneema.
Dacron is commonly used on beginners equipment, wooden bows and older bows.
Kevlar and Vectron results in a faster arrow speed.
Spectra and Dyneema have a much longer life than all.
Find Tree With Fibrous Bark
Find the tree which is abundant in fibrous bark and well suited to prepare the string. This type of tree is resilient and grows back quickly.
Cut the stem and strip the bark. Collect the bark. Separate the inner bark fiber strips to make a string.
Craft The String
Take a pair of strip of fibers in hand. Twist one strip clockwise and other anti clockwise.
A strip of fiber is twisted clockwise then it is wound anti clockwise around the other strip and so on.
By doing this the fibers will stay together due to being unable to unravel.
More lengths of fiber can be added to lengthen the cord by twisting them onto the ends of the other fibers.
After completion of string make sure you had enough length of string to cover the entire length of bow.
Put a loop onto one end of the bow and the other end is tied on while the bow is bent with the knee using 2 half hitches.
Ensure The Bow Is Symmetric
Ensure the bow is symmetric or not. If the shape of the bow is asymmetrical after finished string try to make it even.
Scrap off the some wood pieces from uneven area to make it bend evenly.
[su_note]Make An Arrow [/su_note]
Cutting A Sapling
Search a plant or sapling with straight and strong stem. Cut the stem of the plant you want enough length.
Scrapping Of Bark
Scrap the outside barks of the stick through knife or sgart stone. Carve a string nock at the narrow end of the stick.
Make It Fly With Air
Take a bird feather. Feathers are good to help the arrows fly straight in air. Take some feathers dropped by a turkey or other related birds.
Split The Feather
Split the feather and cut one feather into three parts. Take one part of feather. Strip the ends of the feather and make it easy to maintain the balance of flying arrow in wind.
Stick The Feather In Arrow
Stick the feather in the one end of stick on with resin. You can collect or get resin from tree or just buy it from stores.
Trim the edges of the feather with a hot coal to prevent it from falling while on air. Lash the fiber with bark fiber strand.
Sharpening The Arrow Point
Use Fire sharpening the thick end of arrow. Make the one end of the stick sharp by knife or blade. Show the sharped area slightly on the fire and it will remove the tiny barks and makes the arrow point sharp and strong.