Any other bowyers here?

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  1. longcruise

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    I'm sure we have quite a few. Let's post some pictures of current projects. I'll start it off with a couple pictures of a traditional style longbow in the works.

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    Nice bow! I would love to make some, but I figure I should learn to shoot one first. Maybe in a year or two.
     
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    Only way to learn is to jump in. There's quite a few economical bows around that are as good as those with all the pizzazz.
     
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    Very nice work!

    I've made quite a few primitive bows, self and sinew-backed; the last one I finished was a California-style paddle bow backed with rattlesnake skin: https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/making-a-sinew-backed-bow.214599/. Currently, I have a Holmegaard replica in the works, which unfortunately developed a crack on the back and needs to be patched up with fiber and glue.
     
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    I’m working on a Holmegaard style board bow. Would post pics but it’s just a laid out board at the moment.
     
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    So for inquiring minds, what tools are necessary for building a bow?
     
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    Bare minimum, a couple sharp rocks ;)

    Seriously, for making selfbows I like a hatchet, a small handplane or spokeshave, a sharp knife (for nocks), and a cabinet scraper. Other tools may be handy, but I tend to use as few as possible.
     
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    I built my first one with hand tools only. If there is any interest, with my next start I'll do it as a build along. I will use the tools at my disposal but will describe the alternate minimum tool method that could be used. I will probably start another before the end of july.
     
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    This would be great! Would really like to see one built.
     
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    Yep, a build along would be great!
     
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    Got my vote for the build a long
     
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    Ok, when I get this one done the next will be a build along.
     
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    Excellent! Should be a fun thread to follow.
     
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    I'd love to watch a build-along. The bow in the tillering stick is just there to test the process. I didn't make that one.

    I did make the stick and the string with the leather hoods. Those were the successful part of the program.

    The "learning experience" was folding the bow I was attempting to build right in half. I was hoping for a red oak board bow for my son around 20 pound draw and 54" long. I backed it with burlap and everything was going great 'till it simply ran out of structure and stopped being a bow. After that I shaped the grip just for fun and hung it with the rest of the arsenal for now.

    Pay no attention to the disaster the rest of the garage is.

    Sooner or later, I'll learn a little more and try again. Maybe from you all...

    Cheers!
     

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    Don't give up on the board bows. The one in the picture looks very much like you are on the right track. I'm sure you already know, but board selection is the most important part of the process.
     
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