Anyone on here besides myself and churro dabble in the bowyering and arrow making hobbies? If so, what do you make, and how often, and how successful are you?
I have made 8 bows total, 5 of them being wood, with 3 of the wooden bows surviving today. First bow I tried to make was a red oak mollegabet board bow, broke on me after shooting it for a bit. Was quite sad really. Second bow was a white oak board bow, it broke during tillering. Both of those bows taught me a ton about tillering. 3rd bow was a red oak pyramid style bow, 65" nock to nock, about 30# draw, that my daughter shoots now. She helped me make it and seems to really like it. I made 3 PVC bows for my other kids, then my middle daughter bought a small hickory bow at a local event that I refinished, heat treated to get some of the set out of it, and backed with rawhide. I had an Osage board that had a bad wormhole in it that I could not use for a full size bow, but I made another kids bow out of it that my son shoots and really likes. Finally, I recently finished up a hickory backed Osage bow that I intend to hunt with some this year. I have a couple more bows that I want to do as well, just got to get the materials and the time. I REALLY want to tackle a full on Osage stave for a self bow, and then I want to try some eastern red cedar for a sinew backed ERC bow. Got to get the wood and sinew for that though.
I have gathered and straitened about 2 dozen river cane arrow shafts, but I'm still gathering materials to fletch them and I intend to make some metal trade points and/or some stone points for them.
I make my own strings, mostly out of B55 or B500 dacron, but when I get my hands on some D97 or other fastflight stuff I will start making them from it.