Some of you saw me wander in on Saturday with a very cheap wooden bow that I was trying to assemble. I haven’t yet found a string for it, but making the tiny modification to it that I did had me thinking about making one from scratch.
I originally looked at PVC pipe bows but it’s actually kind of hard to get the right kind of pipe in the UK. Looking at the basic recurve bow that I bought, the handle (?) Is a very basic shape cut out of any old wood, and the limbs looked to be thin bits of bamboo, that had been shaped somehow.
Tutorials seem to fall into 3 groups, making the bow from one long stick and trimming the limbs till they bend evenly, making the handle/riser and then attaching limbs (like mine), and laminating a bunch of thin strips.
I’ve found this tutorial on making a longbow that looks relatively simple of one knows what one is doing (which I do not).
Does anyone have any advice on which method to try first, and would anyone fancy having a go at making some bows with me?