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Bowman Yeoman

- Fri, 28 Dec 2012 23:03:25 EST plz5H7t7 No.10388
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I want to be a Bow and arrow craftsman guy
For a hobby, but I want to actually be good at it
Have any good books I can DL on the subject or links to related sites?
I might also post this on /howto/ but this board seemed more fitting?
Cyril Dibblehood - Sat, 29 Dec 2012 06:49:05 EST 4X6lH4ex No.10390 Reply
>want to actually be good at it
>any good books I ca--

Lemmie stop you right there jolly african-american, I can see your problem, You can't learn the sexy nuances and niches of a complicated weapon like a bow from pages of parchment.

The bow is a simple, devastating and useful tool on a defenders or attackers side. The bow and equally its arrow will win you many a rodent meal and many o' attacks.

And they are not hard to make.

Stick, string. Tie them together.
N'uther stick, chip away until sharp.

Use the two together until you make one that works well.

Books.... the fuck bro.
Betsy Bettinghall - Sat, 29 Dec 2012 07:50:38 EST tc2Ws5fA No.10391 Reply
No, just no.

OP, go to paleoplanet and start reading. There are tons of guides on how to make a variety of archery equipment. There are some books on the subject but they aren't worth it compared to the forum guides, as far as I have seen.
Faggy Ponningdune - Sat, 29 Dec 2012 07:56:54 EST pplnA6Uw No.10392 Reply

So I had the same impulse the other day and looked up a few bowmaking demonstrations on youtube. It seems the key to making a good bow is to make lots of not-so-good bows until you get good at it. Anyway, check out youtube.
Nell Sodgestitch - Sat, 29 Dec 2012 23:46:38 EST BhV2y348 No.10394 Reply
you're a dumbass.
Of course im going to take whatever I learn from a book and practice making bows
you illiterate fuck
>It seems the key to making a good bow is to make lots of not-so-good bows until you get good at it
No fucking way, I never even thought of that, didnt even cross my mind, 10/10 post
Thanks I love you betsy
Priscilla Gackleham - Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:18:46 EST pplnA6Uw No.10401 Reply
Fine you ungrateful twat, I'll lay some details on you.
  1. Wood selection. Select a stave (bow blank) of hardwood that is free from knots, scabs, splits and wormholes, approximately 45 inches long. Check that the grain of the stave doesn't twist. It's important that the grain be perpendicular to the direction of flex. This means that your bow bends forward/back and your grain runs side/side.
  2. Establishing the "back". If you are making an unlaminated bow, you will need to expose a single growth ring from one end of the bow to the other. If you penetrate the growth ring at any point, your bow will crack. Using a drawknife, slowly work the wood down to a narrow growth ring, making very sure not to penetrate that growth ring at any point. Select the DARK growth rings, as the light rings are less dense and will provide less resistance when the bow is drawn.
  3. Making a grip. Find the center of the stave, and place your closed fist over the top of the centerpoint. Mark 3-4 inches on either side of your fist. This will be your handle/firing shelf. Avoid doing any work to this section other than what has already been done in establishing the back.
  4. Shape the bow. Carve down the limbs of your bow into the typical bow shape: tapered at the ends, wider in the middle. Carve string grooves at this time using a small woodrasp, and making sure to carve the grooves at an angle that will allow the bow to be drawn without putting extreme stress on the string loops.
  5. Hollow out the belly of your bow (the side that faces you when the bow is drawn) by carefully removing material from the belly with a woodrasp..
  6. Finishing the bow. String your bow and make a note of which limb flexes more. Remove material from the belly of the limb that is more stiff, until both limbs flex the same amount when you draw your bow. Now finish carving the handle of your bow (making sure to do no work on the back of the bow) until it fits your hand comfortably.
  7. Considerations. You can use synthetic bowstring or natural (sinew) bowstring, but synthetic strings wont shrink or degrade the way an organic string will. You may want to make your fist bow to have a significantly lighter draw than you'll eventually want. Get used to the bowmaking process with smaller, lighter bows, and once you think you've got the knack, start working on larger bows. It's fairly typical for beginners to make lighter bows "accidentally" by removing more of the belly than is really necessary. It's all good, just keep practicing.
  8. If you want to make laminated bows, ask someone else.
Priscilla Gackleham - Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:21:59 EST pplnA6Uw No.10403 Reply
I should also mention:

9. Straightening the limbs. The limbs must be as straight and twist free as possible. You can achieve this by gently heating the bow over a fire and then quickly bending/twisting the bow to the desired shape. Practice this on a piece of wood that is not destined to become a bow. You'll be pissed if you fuck up a bow you've put hours and hours into by burning it or horribly warping it.
Simon Hiddleham - Sun, 30 Dec 2012 22:19:35 EST BhV2y348 No.10407 Reply
I wasn't ungrateful i was just calling you stupid
Martha Fennerspear - Sun, 30 Dec 2012 22:29:25 EST CkWjzCFw No.10408 Reply
Whats the point? You cant make money with it. Learn a programming language instead if you have too much time.
If you are a survival guy, this wont help you either, as bows are limited by the wood used and with normal, non-exotic trees your bows will always be shit.
If you want to get into carpentry, try making small sculptures instead, they dont consume so much wood
Walter Ceshmin - Mon, 31 Dec 2012 04:22:05 EST uGoBVyqv No.10414 Reply
wow you're lame as fuck

why is everyone on /fo/ so commanding nb
Wesley Lightbanks - Mon, 25 Feb 2013 02:31:59 EST tc2Ws5fA No.10816 Reply
The segment of fellow internet reject that would be interested in survival and be a channer tends to have a high frequency elitist douchebags. You know the type, snorts after a derisive quip about an obscure aspect of something that probably isn't related to the topic of discussion.
Eliza Dundermare - Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:49:35 EST oWL2wFVX No.10819 Reply
>non-exotic trees
Hmm, The best wood to use is Yew tree wood, which is very easy to find, in fact due to the churches they are everywhere since the christians believed yew trees where holy plants. (because they made bows that could kill non-believers/infidels really well) So they planted them next to almost every church.

It's just getting at it to cut down a 6ft branch or in some cases the moral discrepancy required to steal from church grounds.
Wesley Lightbanks - Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:01:04 EST tc2Ws5fA No.10820 Reply
Osage is another highly desirable wood for bows, they are also widely spread and easy to identify from a distance.
Albert Hettingletch - Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:15:44 EST z8waTRto No.10841 Reply
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Here you are OP. Once I can find the right tree, a friend and I are going to make our own bows following this man's technique.

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eWDgNrLYps
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e4lVUhBh90
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws-6AU8WZb8
Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7UMmtSI3vU
Cyril Blondlehood - Fri, 01 Mar 2013 02:51:02 EST wxx1lp0A No.10847 Reply
My father taught me archery at a young age, but when he died I lost interest in it. Anyway, it is very difficult and frustrating at times. Don't give up, and don't jump ahead to making your own bow(cool idea, btw), but get someone to teach you the basics of archery - position, breath control, the physics of a missile in flight.

It's all one in the same when you're firing. It's also a very meditative experience, archery is wonderful. OP, follow your dreams.
Cyril Blondlehood - Fri, 01 Mar 2013 02:53:59 EST wxx1lp0A No.10848 Reply
oh. sorry, I misread, you want to craft bows, I was talking about practicing. There is something wonderful about that as well, when you craft your own weapon, you know it's strengths, it's weaknesses, it becomes a part of you in way that a machine bought at Big5 can never be. I have no advice though.
Nell Sonnerworth - Sun, 07 Apr 2013 11:39:26 EST AqZfEERQ No.11082 Reply
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Atlatl Bob discusses the Atlatl

PaleoAleo - Making an Atlatl

PaleoAleo - Making an Atlatl Dart

You can also buy an atlatl for a fraction of the cost of a real bow.
Oliver Gengermat - Sun, 07 Apr 2013 15:52:41 EST BxWLr6i/ No.11083 Reply
You also can't legally hunt with an atlatl in most places, which sucks.
Isabella Wonderway - Sat, 02 May 2015 06:22:01 EST ow2O361v No.13899 Reply
this thread is relevant to my interests
Eugene Closhsere - Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:52:01 EST 1dVwYoMn No.13971 Reply
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bow making is the sorta thing you just have to jump into
someone suggested paleoplanet, thats a decent start
i also highly suggest poorfolkbows.com, its a little cheese but has pretty clear build-alongs, i used them for my first attempt, and after one i was confident enough to just wing it on the next two i made

heres the first one i made, its about 50 to 60 lbs at about 25 in draw, made from maple 1x2 with a linen backing
Angus Clirringpotch - Sun, 28 Jun 2015 05:40:34 EST K+HidvKK No.13983 Reply
How Long did your first one take you?
How much did it cost to build ?
Any special tools required ?
Shitting Picklenetch - Fri, 07 Aug 2015 10:32:57 EST nFTm9+28 No.14037 Reply
Bows sound so complicated. I've learned to craft slings and atlatls and it is much easier, simpler and more compact. You can craft a sling in like 40 minutes and you can wear like dozens of slings in your body at all times as belts and headbands and wrist bands. Sling bullets are also really simple to make, you just need lead balls (lead is REALLY easy to melt, you could melt it a kitchen oven and historically people have forged lead bullets for slings in the ground during military campaigns by sticking a thumb in the mud and pouring liquid lead over it) or marbles or rocks or maybe even like a cue ball. With basic crafting knowledge, you can make incendiary bullets filled with tar even if you were stranded in a deserted island somewhere.

But i guess people want to be post-apocalyptic legolas.
Fanny Pazzletag - Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:42:29 EST 3V2NVGgw No.14043 Reply

You try hunting something bigger than a raccoon with a sling.
John Blushstat - Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:40:39 EST 9b5vkLbQ No.14044 Reply
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Fuck yeah! Thanks for reminding me of this badass spear chucker! I used to work as a historical interpreter for a federal run Native American mound site and we got to use atlatls to show kids just how far you can throw a HUGE spear with one of these things! The aiming was always wonky but usually went close to where you wanted it, the real use of these was when you had 5 to 10 guys slinging those spears as fast as they could at one meal target.

I hate that spear chucker is a racial epithet because it was really a deadly style of hunting at the time. Still is today, but I can't imagine state hunting laws would allow you and 10 of your buddies to sneak up on a hog and hurl spears at it.
Wesley Puddlewark - Sat, 15 Aug 2015 02:55:37 EST 3V2NVGgw No.14049 Reply

lol, who wasn't called a spear-chucker at one time? The egyptians, due to lack of wood?
Duke Leukemia !A4EGpvDEAU - Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:45:55 EST jMHozOd5 No.14153 Reply
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Emma Pittingsire - Sun, 03 Jul 2016 22:46:12 EST b0Porfm8 No.14390 Reply
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I bought this one today from someone on craigslist for 10$, the add said it was hand made from bamboo. Any comments ? Total length 40"
Samuel Popperkidge - Sat, 09 Jul 2016 16:51:00 EST kwjHcfOD No.14397 Reply

looks nice man, make sure you inspect it very meticulously for any cracks, warps, or uneven bending. also make sure you know how to restring it.

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