The classic bow and arrow, made simple.

Step 1: Some History

The bow that we will be making is called a longbow. It is very simple in design, and could be made from things almost everyone has.Longbows were ideally made from yew, Italian yew being the best, but white woods elm, ash, and hazel were commonly used due to availability. Longbows were often built to be as tall as the archer and a well made bow could shoot well in excess of 300 yards (275 meters) using flight arrows. A longbow archer could shoot up to 12 arrows per minute as a crossbow man could only fire up to three. For the rest of this article click here. Now lets get on to the fun stuff!

There is nothing wrong with being a predator as long as you are ethical .Never use an animal for target practice . Do not kill or wound for pleasure . People who harm living things for fun are soulless, cruel, and mentally damaged .
<p>Exactly, I despise of people who Kill for fun or pleasure</p>
So while ur sitting on ur fat butt eating a hamburger your commenting about how people are cruel if they hunt because hunting is killing for fun it's a sport but yet u eat ur hamburger not yelling at McDonalds saying that they are soulless...wow I hate people like u
<p>Learn to read you ignorant prick! If watching living creatures suffer turns you on that much you deserve to die of cancer.</p>
Witch is one reason I am a vegetarian!
<p>they mean if you kill an animal and don't eat it</p>
<p>If I can catch it I eat it. Don't you like critters? You may starve when the stores close.</p>
<p>this does not work</p>
<ul><br><li>rawhide<li>thin nylon rope<li>hemp cord<li>fishing line<li>strands of cotton or silk from caterpillars<li>ordinary twine</ul><p>Are some bow and arrow strings you can use </p>
<p>what type of string???????</p>
<p>any type of string should work, as long as it's strong enough.</p>
<p>How about yarn?</p>
<p>Would tulip poplar be good for the bow?</p>
<p>That is so cool how do you make a traget</p>
Dose it hurt when u fire it?
<p>probably not. It won't if you hold it correctly</p>
<p>Can this bow be made with materials available during the stone age?</p>
<p>interesting. I also share a instructable similar to this, but use fiberglass,wood,leather as the material. The finish bow can be used for shooting&amp;hunting.</p>
<p>hi i cant make one</p>
Hey, what kind of string did you use? <br>What kind of string is the best for bow strings?
<p>Thin nylon rope should work fine.</p>
btw firstly a notch in the bottom at the side of the arrow is more reliable than a slit in the bottom and secondly the arrow is to be held with the thumb and the index finger ( the first crease from tip of finger)
<p>I am an archer, and another way is to put your index finger on top of the arrow and your middle finger underneath the arrow</p>
I'm sorry but I don't think u had to explain how u have to shoot the bow if they don't know they don't need to know how to make one in my opiain
I agree with colbynguyen. And wouldn't the paper fletchings give you paper cuts while the arrow is flying?
thanks for the post
you put the fletchings too close to the end... it needs to be a little farther to the tip so that you can hold the bow properly.......
the fletching is to provide spin on an arrow in the same manner that the grooves on a modern firearm barrel cause a bullet to spin. this improves accuracy and stability tremendously while increasing the distance your projectile will travel. that is why smooth bore muskets are obsolete. it is simple physics. you will also increase your draw strength if you make your limbs of more than one type of material and laminate together. making a real bow is a very time consuming and intensive project if you want something that wont fall apart after the 5th shot.
No. the feathers create drag on the back of the arrow. this causes the front of the arrow to "lead" the rest of it as it goes along. While some arrows are designed to spin it isn't necesary. Bullets are stabilized by spinning causing a gyroscopic effect. That's why smooth bore rifles are VERY innacurate.
Smooth bore rifles ?
you're correct as to the fletching (feather) creating drag. as an amateur archer I conducted an experiment. I fletched my arrows straight and with a spin. the ones with spin were noticeably more accurate. also, every store bought arrow I ever saw was designed to spin.
But were you able to still make fairly accurate shots with the straight fletched arrows.
they were passably accurate fletched straight&nbsp;but were probly 25% more accurate with spin.
actually I think the flights are for keeping the arrow on a straight course
<p>There not called flights there called fletchings trust me iam in archery .</p>
So if you're &quot;In Archery&quot; shouldn't you know this?:It does not matter what you call them but vanes are only plastic or rubber. I've even heard my friend saying &quot;Fletches&quot;. <br>Outsmarted, <br>Highvoltageguy <br> <br>End of argument
They're not called either, they're called vanes.
Vanes are plastic fletchings are natural and flights is the term for both referring to some system of stabilization of the arrow in flight wether it make the shaft spin or just not flip end over end.
They are called any and all of these terms plus others. It depends on the person.
I suggest we just call them simply feathers for siplicity's sake and to avoid a very pointless argument...
If not using your bow for a while then take the string off it, so as not to make it weak. I only ever put two flights on my arrows and us tape for it...........
I have extra feathers laying around ...
I've been experimenting with making crossbows which are praps a little easier to make though don't have the same range. Being from Aus I can't source the traditional woods mentioned but I found that the Chinese Plum (prunus mume) is a good substitute. @archery+softball I used a trianlgular rasp. @Keli33, gamefreak360 I started off using kitchen twine but it kept stretching too much so I had to keep restringing my bow. Builders' line is excellent; it does stretch, but returns to its origional length instead of distorting. Hope that's useful :)
use a thin cane as ashaft for the arrow it makes th errow extremely light and will fly further
could i use some fishline string for this.<br>
with step 3, what's the best way to make the notch?
i think you must use a nylon string not a string <br>
This was a really good instructable. I made a decent bow, but the string is really tight. I was wondering how to make the bow bend more. Should i keep it strung for a while?

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