|Project by edwardsk28||posted 09-12-2014 08:27 PM||1539 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
This was my first attempt at making my own bow. The tree I used was harvested from the Scotts Woods area of the Rivertrail in Lansing, MI.
It took about a year to complete if you include drying and seasoning time for the maple. I got the general shape and size of the bow roughed out while it was green and then set it aside for the winter to season. I was shooting for it to draw 50# at 28” but it came in around 30#. I was not terribly surprised or disappointed by missing my target draw weight. Seeing as it was my first attempt. It was a great learning experience and it hasn’t broken yet.
I used only hand tools for the entire project. Axe, hatchet, drawknife, spokeshave, bow saw, rasps and files. And my Becker BK7 knife. Which as long as you have gloves on makes a great drawknife in a pinch.
I finished the bow with black leather dye and boiled linseed oil.
Questions and comments are always welcome.