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This is a longbow I made using a 6' length of 3/4 inch schedule 40 PVC. I bent the PVC by heating it over a stove. I strung it with 1/8" nylon cord. The fletching on the arrow is made with orange duct tape (the orange color does not effect how well it works).
kking357 months ago
I made one that way and works good, not much power but fun too shoot, I would go too a heat and air store and get some 3/4 inside diameter with 3/8 wall thickness pipe insulation and cut it down too 8 inches long and slide it onto pipe for a grip
goodface1 year ago
I though the color did mater been using orange all this time.
that is a cool shirt your wearing! i go to that college!
So does my brother!
he must be pretty cool
yeah, he's not too smart though.
This is cool. You put down almost no instructions and I still have a good idea how to build it. My only Q is: how do you string it?
Take your string, then tie a loop at each end and struggle to get the loop in the notches at each end. It's not easy but it is pretty simple.
U should flatten the limbs so there's less chance of it breaking
Nice bow, whats the pullback max and max range?
Dr.Bill1 year ago
You should go check this guy out. He makes a 60# bow (and a lot of others) from PVC pipe.
He makes really good stuff.

http://backyardbowyer.com/

antioch1 year ago
soft materials like foam, tissue, etc. come to mind.
if the tip doesn't have enough soft buffer and the arrow is too heavy though it will still be able to carry through a lot of power and be able to damage an unsuspecting eyeball.
dspencer91 year ago
I'd like to make this, but I would like to make arrows that wouldn't hurt anyone. Do you have any idea of how to do this?
Thats pretty hard to do. I personally think it wouldnt be safe to try.
thetate1 year ago
Hey I agree with ilpug, using PVC is pretty dangerous as it could turn into a grenade under that kind of pressure
tjk94 thetate1 year ago
Actually, so long as you don’t burn the pvc while heating and bending it, failure will be less catastrophic than with a wooden or fibreglass bow. The pvc is more likely to simply collapse rather than shatter.

Check out BackyardBowyer on youtube. He has made many bows out of pvc and has some videos showing how pvc bows fail.
spencerthebearman (author)  tjk941 year ago
Thanks for the information, This makes me feel better.
All's well that ends well Pa!!!
nice bow, rather than heating and bending, just cut some groves and string it. this way the pvc has to bend.
I could try that. I like bending the bow with heat so I can control the shape if I want it to be special like a horse bow, but for this bow I didn't need to bend it with heat probably. Good idea.
ilpug1 year ago
I have to correct you: you said "horse bow." this is a strait-stave longbow, not a horsebow. Horsebows are smaller with tight recurves.

This is a nice build, however, I have to say that you should wrap it in tape, because like all PVC under stress, it can shatter into sharp bits, which tape can help prevent injury from.
spencerthebearman (author)  ilpug1 year ago
Oh, you are correct, Sorry about that. Wrapping it in tape is a great idea.
How did you string it?
cool shirt
thanks bro
l8nite1 year ago
bent not bended. How far will the bow fire the arrow?
spencerthebearman (author)  l8nite1 year ago
unfortunately it only shoots about 20 yards. my other pvc bow shoots about about 50 yards.