A while back I committed to doing a build along here so here it comes. At a birthday party last week a cousin asked me to build a bow for him and that bow will be the product of this topic. The bow will be an old school longbow. Flat, 68" long nock to nock (NTN) and just a bit longer tip to tip (TTT). The abbreviations in parens are common to bow nomenclature and they and others will be used throughout the topic. I'm going to gear this to readers who have no experience or idea of this process so if you happen to be an experienced bowyer, please bear with me and add your comments and suggestions as we go. This is real time so it's going to take a while. Also, being real time, it could end in a remarkable success or a fence picket. I won't be hiding or glossing over mistakes or warts so there may occasionally be some suspense (at least for me). Here's a pic of the beginning of the riser. Its been sauared up and the design glued to the riser block. Next step is to bandsaw along the lines of the riser layout and then to the sander for final shaping. As an analogy, the riser is like the foundation of a house. It needs to be accurate. The riser is Osage. Other components will be black glass on the back, maple core laminations, clear glass on the belly over bamboo veneer.