Red Oak Longbow

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Red oak longbow, 72 inches. Maple and mahogany handle laminated on. 28 inch draw length and 35 pounds pull weight. Also made string, B50 Dacron, black with red servings, 66 inches. Might add small arrow rest but seems to shoot pretty good from hand so far. Lots of sanding and scraping to get this long of a bow made!

-- Dennis, WV

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#1 posted 80 days ago

Wauu always dreamed of making one of these.
Must be wonderful shooting a self made bow, like touching the cave man inside.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 80 days ago

Carving a hardwood bow has been on my bucket list for a while. I might need to get started on one this summer.

Great project!

-- --Shafe

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#3 posted 80 days ago

I made the first one, a 60 inch youth bow, Hickory, then this one. It is a truly unique experience. Just knowing you can do this (in case you ever want/have to) is quite satisfying! You all need to go for it too!

-- Dennis, WV

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#4 posted 80 days ago

Definitely a project on my bucket list. Yours looks great.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#5 posted 79 days ago

Very Nice Indeed Dennis. Great Work! Thanks For Posting!

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#6 posted 79 days ago

Nice bow, I made one years ago and stiill use it. A target recurve, will have to post a picture of it sometime. nice work on yours.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 79 days ago

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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Jim Finn

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#8 posted 78 days ago

Very nice. I have made a bow like yours and I used all red oak. Shot well and I enjoyed making it.

-- In God We Trust

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#9 posted 78 days ago

“Like touching the caveman inside.”


-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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#10 posted 77 days ago

I am gearing up to make one of these as well. I bought a couple of books, watched a few videos, but still don’t think I really have a good idea of what I am doing. But that’s half the fun sometimes. Any advice of resources to help prepare to build one?

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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Tyrone D

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#11 posted 77 days ago

Very nice bow. I need to make a longbow since my younger brother broke my fibreglass one.

How long can she shoot?

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#12 posted 75 days ago

Thanks for all the great comments guys! I’ve been shooting, just exercising the wood mostly, at about 40-50 feet. I can keep most all shots on a 9” paper plate at that distance. After I get a few hundred shots off I will draw full 28” all the time, just drawing about 24-26 now. Should be a great little target bow/practice bow and battle re-enactment bow. Think I’m going to put a strip of fiberglass mesh cloth down the back to make it more shatter resistant (or at least safer if it does shatter, won’t send shrapnel flying!). Here are two really great sources,* and* and a blog about bowyer material here:*. Also a good site is:* for lots of help, hints and tips for all things archery.

-- Dennis, WV

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#13 posted 75 days ago

Great bow! Now I am thinking about making a “real” one for myself. Thanks for the links too. I will definitely check these out.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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