Introduction: Hand Carved Bow (Video, Pics)

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 I made this over a couple days. It's the third bow I've ever made.
Its made of a hickory stave I bought from a flooring manufacturer (who sold it to me for $3.00).


thegoldenjackal (author)2013-01-14

i have heard of oother people carving bows that usally snap after a while. has yours snapped yet or is it still in good condition?

curious youth (author)2012-02-23

make an ible please ? it looks great :)

nvxcmz (author)2010-03-26

is the back of the grip made of a different wood than the rest of the bow ?

nepheron (author)nvxcmz2010-03-28

 Yes, it is.

A longbow is made of two different pieces of wood glued together.
A selfbow, I believe, is made of only one piece of wood.

In the picture, the blue part is the handle, and the red part is the limb. When the blue and red part are glued together, you have a longbow. If you just have the red part, you have a selfbow.

nvxcmz (author)nepheron2010-03-28

cool, thanks for the info.

nvxcmz (author)2010-03-26

great job on the bow, you are an excellent woodworker. 

nepheron (author)nvxcmz2010-03-26


Hawkeye Lyles (author)2010-02-24

Nice bow, but where is the video you mentioned?

nepheron (author)Hawkeye Lyles2010-02-24

 It's embedded, directly above the comments. Can you see it? if you cannot, you may need to upgrade your Flash Player.

Hawkeye Lyles (author)nepheron2010-02-25

There is a big, video-sized empty space above the comments. I probably do need to upgrade my Flash Player. Thanks for the quick reply!

nepheron (author)Hawkeye Lyles2010-02-25

 Sure :)

nepheron (author)nepheron2010-02-25

 Here is the YouTube link

Hawkeye Lyles (author)nepheron2010-02-27

I updated my Flash Player and the video magically appeared! Lol - Thanks for your help.

nepheron (author)Hawkeye Lyles2010-03-01

 Great! What do you think of it?

Hawkeye Lyles (author)nepheron2010-03-02

It's awesome. I have been thinking about buying a recurve for hunting, but I might just make my own now.

g-tech (author)2010-02-28

 hi, i was wondering where you got that stave from? there are not enough good bow building instructables, you should really make one.

nepheron (author)g-tech2010-03-01

 The stave is from a flooring manufacturer. Hickory is fairly common at lumber yards ect.

Hickory is crazy springy and forgiving. It looks better than wood of a similar price, and the grain does not have to be super straight. When you select your stave, remember that it CANNOT HAVE ANY KNOTS IN THE GRAIN.
Knots= fail :)
Also, hickory isn't all that hard. It sands away like balsa wood, but it is heavy and sturdy like oak.
The wood structure itself looks like a mix between oak and very pale mahogany.

Bottomline: if you plan to make your first bow, get the straightest grained piece of hickory you can find. 5 ft long, 2 inches wide, 1 inch thick. Google "selfbow".

Good luck!

masterochicken (author)2010-02-24

What kind of bow string did you use?

nepheron (author)masterochicken2010-03-01

 A 56 inch cheap bowstring from a local hunting place.
Jute cord works fine...but I learned this AFTER I bought the bowstring :)

rimar2000 (author)2010-02-24

What wood did you use? (what tree)

nepheron (author)rimar20002010-02-24


Tool Using Animal (author)2010-02-24

Nice tiller, what's the draw weight at 28"?

 I don't have a scale, but it feels around 35 -40 lbs (leaning towards 40lbs). I have trouble drawing anything stiffer than that with my wimpy arms ;).

nepheron (author)nepheron2010-02-24

 Took me probably 4 hours to tiller that thing :P

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