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Project by MactheKnife posted 04-21-2013 10:58 PM 2843 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Father / Daughter Project to build a Longbow, my Daughter is a huge fan of the Hunger Games and wanted a crack at Archery so we built this!
Its made of English Oak and Pine. Oak is a traditional Longbow wood in England, although Yew is more popular. Oak is an outstanding compression wood, the Pine is there to add a bit of spring.

There is a cross section diagram to explain how we put this together. We used a spokeshave to shape the wood, testing the draw as we went. We managed to get a well balanced draw and a very powerful bow with a range of around 100yds. Its a bit too strong for my Daughter so we will be making another one, this time a laminated one.

The arrow is fletched with Pheasant Feathers instead of goose, but its accurate enough for our purposes.

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#1 posted 04-21-2013 11:21 PM

Awesome job. Even better that you worked with your daughter on it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-22-2013 12:24 AM

Very interesting design features. I didn’t know that a good bow needed both spring wood, and compression wood. Did you also make the arrows? Nice father – daughter build.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 04-22-2013 06:30 AM

Yes I made the arrows as well. They are made from Ash and the best feathers we could find whilst walking the dog! I left them untipped as its for target practice not hunting!

As this is a really a laminated bow it uses the properties of different woods for sping and compression, in a stave bow (such as a yew longbow) they use the heart wood for compression and the sap wood as the spring, you just remove the right quantities of each from different places on the stave to create the same effect.

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#4 posted 04-22-2013 02:58 PM

Very nicely done, and thanks for the education on construction.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 04-22-2013 05:07 PM

Great job and your daughter will remember this for the rest of her life

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 04-23-2013 02:56 PM

I have made some out of ash and one out of old sage orange I was told a long tome a go that the natives here in Michigan used a lot of ash for there bows it dose shoot good and is easy for first timers to work with you can see the gran and get that one lair from end to end on the face and to give it more power you can back it with sinew

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#7 posted 05-29-2013 03:27 AM

Very nice, y’all done a good job.

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