weird archery bow ideas

I was just trying to write up a longbow instructable and a thought struck me. If You have two bows at right angles to one another joined at the handle would you get a better cast.. The arrow nocked at the interces of the two strings. I seem to remember some silly fantasy movie with crossbows set up this way...Any thoughts? The bow is such an old concept i would love to see some new variations

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maninamousesuit (author) 10 years ago
yes goodhart thats the would be a vicious thing
Kiteman10 years ago
If you're going to cross two longbows with a joint at the intersection, the real challenge would be to avoid losing a lot of strength at the joint. As well as the problems Lftndbt pointed out, you would have to make sure that each crossing bow was absolutely identical in size and strength. I'm looking forward to reading your longbow 'ible, but if you want to take it down new avenues, why not try and produce a usable old-style longbow with modern materials or easier construction methods (would it be possible to make a longbow that looks and fires like an old English bow, but made of, say, laminated plywood?). Of what about abandoning the traditional bow altogether? Is there some other way of launching an arrow? Or maybe look at arrows themselves - could you make arrows that do something interesting in flight or when they hit their target?
Patrik Kiteman10 years ago
There's always TimAnderson's Bow Made from Skis...
I want to see an arrow that can pump electricity into the target it hits to give it a nice shock.
Slightly fat shaft full of capacitors in parallel, electrodes connected to twin barbs instead of a traditional head.
now that would be fun to go hunting with!
Knock out the prey long enough to get a trophy photo?
Lftndbt Kiteman10 years ago
I'd like to see an alloy... frame design longbow.... Similar to some construction scaffoldings... Four tubes interlaced by a frame work .... If that makes sense... Probably doesn't... ;)
Kiteman Lftndbt10 years ago
How about a spy bow? Say, something that looks like a walking stick, but you unscrew the handle and it holds a slender bow, string and a couple of arrows, all in carbon-fibre or fibre-glass to avoid detection at air-ports. (Have I just inspired an instructable, or a terrorist?)
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