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Offline goclimbarock007

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Building your own bow
« on: September 17, 2007, 08:46:54 PM »
I'm intersested in building a bow, but haven't had much luck. I've tried three from a peice of red oak, but that wood seems to stiff to make a bow from. Anyone have any good methods for building an inexpensive bow?

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Re: Building your own bow
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2007, 09:40:42 PM »
These are old but still may help you out:

http://www.vintageprojects.com/archery-plans.html
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Re: Building your own bow
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2007, 12:07:16 AM »
I like that repeating crossbow, sort of reminds me of that movie, "Van Helsing" :twisted: O0

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Re: Building your own bow
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2007, 10:59:48 PM »
While expirimenting with the same thing, I found osage far more forgiving to work than oak, but I am into using native products and sapwood maple always is a joy to work with. Makes a beutifully effective atl-atl.

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Re: Building your own bow
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2007, 08:27:03 AM »
Here is about all I can offer...

http://www.3riversarchery.com/Cat.asp?c=49&s=0&p=0

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Re: Building your own bow
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2007, 01:07:33 PM »
While expirimenting with the same thing, I found osage far more forgiving to work than oak, but I am into using native products and sapwood maple always is a joy to work with. Makes a beutifully effective atl-atl.
Yep on the Osage, good wood.  O0 I was looking at a bunch of homemade bows a while back and saw one the maker made out of walnut. He says it shoots pretty good. I wouldn't think it would last very well, but that fella does it for a living.
I've been in my shop this week cutting some Osage burl and walnut wood for knife handles. Both woods are very common here in SE Iowa, except for Osage burl, rare stuff.
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Re: Building your own bow
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2007, 03:43:06 PM »
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Re: Building your own bow
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2007, 11:32:48 PM »
 I would try Hickory for my first self bow. It is a better wood to start with in my opinion.
  Osage Orange is one of the most popular woods to build a self bow with.
  If you are interested in building a self bow, I would recomend 2 very helpful books, #1 Hunting the Osage Bow by Dean Torges and #2 The Bent Stick by Paul Comstock. Those books are a big help in building your first self bow.
 
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Re: Building your own bow
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2007, 11:14:25 PM »
I'm intersested in building a bow, but haven't had much luck. I've tried three from a peice of red oak, but that wood seems to stiff to make a bow from. Anyone have any good methods for building an inexpensive bow?
If you can get your hands on a straight peice of bodark you wont be disapointed. Thats what we use here alot! You can get 2-4 chances at it from one 6ft log! good luck!

 


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