I was recently looking for a new project and happened on some videos by the Backyard Bowyer on making bows from PVC pipe. After watching a few of his very instructive tutorials, I decided to make one for myself. After I got it done, I was surprised how well it shot and how easy it was to make, not to mention being very low cost. While I was researching all things PVC, I happened on some other fellas who had made hiking staffs from PVC pipe. The pipe doubled as storage for survival items. Some of these were quite involved with all kinds of connectors, sections, etc. and looked to be quite handy. After a bit I kind of melded the two ideas and thought why not make a bow that doubled as a hiking staff (or vice versa, if you prefer!)
So, here tis the Hiking Staff Survival Kit/Survival Bow thing!
I used a 66 inch piece of ¾ inch white PVC for this. Most of the guys who made staffs from PVC used 1 inch which makes it easier to store stuff inside. However, I found one inch to be a little too stiff for a bow, at least for a weak old man. To strengthen the center of the bow and control the bend, I cut an 8 inch piece of one inch pipe, cut a slit down one side on the table saw and then slid it down to the center. I had to spray a little WD40 on the ¾ and tap it with a hammer to get it to slide, because even with the slit it fits pretty tight.
Once I got it centered, I super-glued it and then filled the gap with JB Weld. The side with the gap is the back of the bow.