Hickory longbow

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Project by Gibsonman posted 02-14-2017 02:29 AM 970 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to try my hand at building a longbow last summer. My goal was to have the bow ready for deer season in the fall. I started using red oak boards because i had read several how-to articles on building bow boards. The first 2 oak bows broke during tillering. I then decide to try a tougher wood and switched to a hickory board. I was able to get the first attempt to a functional bow but it cracked after a few shots. The fourth attempt is what you see above. So far that bow is still in good shape and shooting fine. I was even able to hunt with it last fall. I missed the shot i was presented but that was my fault not the bow. This was a very fun project. Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 02-14-2017 12:17 PM

Great perseverance. Hope mk iv last a long time.

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#2 posted 02-14-2017 08:34 PM

This is a beautiful bow and I bet you learned a lot.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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