Need some help making a home-made bow? (Aspen?)
Hey, I'm new here, and not quite sure if I'm posting in the correct spot.. I've been wanting (and trying) to make a bow for the past few days, without much success.. I live in Montana, and these are the trees I don't have too many trees near me, but I have Aspen, some sort of Willow (though I tried with a thick branch, and it snapped pretty easy), and Evergreen. Which would be the best to use? Would it be better to make it freshly cut, or semi-dead (or just left out for a few days to dry)? I've watched many bow-making tutorials, I got a few things from them, but they weren't using any tree that I can use. Approximately how long should the branch be? And how thick? The Aspens around me have a lot of knots (is that how you spell it, meaning a tree knot, not a string knot?), should I cut them off? or will it weaken the bow? What type of string should I use (preferably not too expensive)? I tried a string similar to kite string, only it was thicker and stronger, but it stretched too much. And finally (I think), should I peel the bark off, or leave it on? Thanks for any help! Any help/tips that I didn't ask for would be great. p.s. I'm 14.