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    Default Do you make your own bows/arrows?

    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.
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    Yep.

    This is a little short-draw recurve I made. Drawing 46#@23"





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    A 66", 60#@30" Bamboo backed Ipe, reflex/deflex longbow




    And proof that it works

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    And I just finished a 73" 60#@30" rawhide backed, Osage selfbow for a bear hunt I took this spring.








    Along with some suitably primitive arrows.


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    Wow you guys are all making some top notch stuff! I would love to make my own bow...but I already have to many projects I'm working on. Maybe someday I will get around to it! I have made arrows before. I'll see if I can dig up some pics.

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    Me and my pops started messing around with bow building this past winter. We have five bows under us (all good shooters), just helped a buddy build his first, and will be getting going on another in about a week or two. It's become a pretty addictive hobby for us (we also build our own arrows and quivers).



    We're still novices, but every bow comes out a little bit better than the last one.

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    I don't make my bows cause I just don't have the talent. I give you bowyers a ton of credit. The bows I see are not only functional tools but also works of art.

    I do make my arrows and strings. My arrows can be tapered Fir with three or four 4" feathers, 125-145 gr up front depending on if it's a field point or a BH. They get stained and a nice satin finish applied.. Sometimes I'll try my hand at cresting freehand.

    I also make aluminum arrows using either 1916 or 2016. These get 4 5" feathers with 125 gr leading the way.

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    (Can't find any photos of the fir arrows but these are some Cedars I made several years ago)
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    My Flemish twist strings are B50 right now but I'm about to order some D97.
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    robtattoo....you and i have met..at the classic and on PA!! good lookin bows brother!

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    I have made 4 self bows. 2 osage, one iron wood (hop hornbeam) and one ash. One of the osage bows turned into a bow with a lot of cracks.

    I also make my own arrow shafts using a verita dowel maker. I have made them out of cherry, pine, maple, laminated wood and butternut.

    I took up flint knapping a few years ago and killed one deer with one of my stone heads. My goal this year to hunt primitive with the stuff I make.

    I also have had the good fortune to meet Rob tattoo at Comptons a few years ago.

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    I make my own arrows from store bought Surewood shafts. I use real turkey feathers. Nothing fancy but they shoot good.


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