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Picture of Make Your Own Bow, Easily
Let's start with materials:
-Wood lopper
-Tree 
-Saw
-Wood chisel
-Hammer
-1 Screw and Screwdriver
-Some type of bowstring (I used hemp cord (No, not the illegal plant))
(And this is my first instructable so give me any advice you may have.)
(and sorry that the background is a random room. it was raining the day i made this instructable.)
 
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Step 1: Step 1 Cut the tree

Find a tree with moderately flexible branches (I used Tulip Poppler)
Saw down a branch to suit your length, but the width should be about 1-1/2 inches in diameter.  It's best to saw at the trunk.

Step 2: Step 2 Cut the Notches

Picture of Step 2 Cut the Notches
Then, get a saw and cut slits on either side away from the "natural curve" of the branch. This will be where your string will be. These notches should be at the very top and bottom and should dig about halfway into the bow. There should also be at least 1/4 inch of where the wood stays. It should look sort of like a side view of a sofa.

Step 3: Step 3

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Now its time to give the bow a little more flexibility. Take you chisel and hammer and chisel down the top and bottom sides of the bow, leaving enough room for a handle. This should be on the inside of the "natural curve." 

Step 4: Stringing Your Bow

Picture of Stringing Your Bow
First, tie a loop at the end of your bowstring (a poachers knot will work well). Hook that around one of your sofa-shaped notches. Make another loop. Put the side of the bow with the first loop on the ground and push on the bow so it bends. Hook the loop around the notch. If the string is loose, un-string, tie a simple knot, and try again.

Step 5: What's the Screw For?

Screw the screw in where you want your arrow to rest on as your drawing back it (there's probably a technical term for it, but bare with me here.)
mbreukel2 years ago
looks a bit weak to me.

i wouldnt string the bow the way you did it. i would make 2 slots on the side, at an angle so it becomes a nice line when strung. now only a small part has to break and your bow is gone.

how much pondage is it?
zingadude123 (author)  mbreukel2 years ago
Thanks for the advice. And I, honestly, am not an archer. I couldnt legitly hit a target to save my life. I saw one of my friends build a bow and i thought it would be really cool. I just kinda guessed, to be honest. If i do make another bow, i will defiantly follow this advice. And with the draw weight (if thats what you said), im not sure. I can pull it back easily, but then again, i have just about no muscle. The bow, if i would take a guess, would be 20-30 lbs draw weight. Thanks again for the advice.