Making a bow

Here is a post from several years ago tracking the process of making a bow.  In this case, from Osage orange. Splitting the seasoned Osage orange (Bois d’Arc) stave. This is a tough process. As can be seen in the photo above, I use an axe, froe, and hammer. Not visible here are short hickory […]

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Revisiting the Bowyer’s Craft

Tracking the process for creating the ancient and venerable flat bow; a complex hunting tool from five continents. This is a very brief overview of a process that takes many bows to master. I can honestly say that bow-making was my gateway skill into the primitive technology world.  It’s one of the few things I […]

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Robyn Hode on Archery Sunday

Robyn Hode – England, ca. 1450 A.D. An hundred shefe of arowes gode, The hedys burneshed full bryght; And every arowe an elle longe, With pecok wel idyght, Inocked all with whyte silver [or silk]; It was a semely syght. A Gest of Robyn Hode, lines 523-8 in English Popular Ballads, 1922 edition

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Tools of the Bowyer

I have been working on a bow-making tutorial for quite a long time now.  Trying to be as explicit as possible while not dumbing everything down is a tricky narrative to follow.  Just gathering the appropriate images of the process is time-consuming and difficult but truly, a good image is worth a thousand words.  

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