Here is the bow I made for my eldest though he has now made this into a short bow with his staggering growth in the last three years.
You can see from use it is weakened a bit but I admit I am dieing to give things another go but I need to clean up the garage and redo it and make a proper work benching for doing it. It would be much easier to keep the limbs straight and evenly bending if a floor mounted structure is used as opposed to a work stand. steadier for filing and rough work. Then you could also notch every 6 inches to know the draw length.
I understand that 8 hours should produce a usable bow.
Cool job krakyn. It looks like the ones we get for archery at achool cept ours is hard plastic and yours is wooden. I wonder which one could take more punishment before it breaks.
Wooden bows have to be cared for to keep them from warping and cracking so I am thinking the fiberglass ones are more durable. I also think they would take it better if you have chops in it or hit something hard with it as well.
You're really talented to do something like that. I don't think I have that kind of patience in fact I don't have the patience to make a long bow, it's hard enough when I have to do a fishtail braid.
I have a great respect for the art. I wish I was proficient with them all. Alas my motivation attribute is 5. :-/
IRL: My grandfather is a wood worker. My favorite boss restored antiques.
I have read a little of this thread but have not made a bow, yet.
* Points to motivation 5 *
Yeah I would love to build one also but I regularly start a project then let it sit awhile before I finish it, although after reading this thread a little bit this might fall exactly into my normal modus operandi so maybe I will have to consider it.
If any do proceed with an attempt I really really suggest a good vice and stable work place. Clamps on a solid table work well also. Just when working the arms it is nice to stretch the bow as you sand so you can see the shape as you go. Once I get a new shed I am going to give this another go as well as a cross bow. Small toy size to shoot squirrels or rats.
Comments: What kind of range do you get from a bow like that, I'm talking accurate shots and not just furthest distance from the bow.