How Do You Make A Composite Longbow?
A composite bow, by definition, is a bow made of two or more materials. Typically the composite materials are used to make the bow stronger, although it can be purely ornamental. Exotic materials like horn can be used, but for beginners, wood, hide/skins, and sinew are probably the easiest. In this wikiHow we’ll show you how to make a basic bow, and also continue the project towards a finished composite bow. • Select your wood. Go to a hardware store or an archery store.Don’t chop down live trees. • Look for a board that’s 6 feet long, 1″x2″. • Oak and lemonwood are good woods for your first bows.Osage and yew make the best bows, but are difficult to work with. • Do not use pine, poplar, or other soft woods. • Check the grain. The board doesn’t have to be straight, but you want the grain to run straight, both on the face and the sides. Ideally, the grain should run straight down the length of the board, so that the back of the board is a single layer of wood unbroken by any growth ring
Many hobbyists enjoy making longbows, because they’re a great alternative to standard-sized bows. They’re approximately the size of a full grown person. You can make your longbow out of common items like wood and string. The body of the bow, itself, can be bought from a supplier. However, if you’d like an extra challenge, you can make your own bow out of a board. Step 1 Draw the shape of the bow onto your longer board two times with a pencil. The bow should be the same height as you, narrow and tapered. Step 2 Cut two pieces of wood out of the board in the shape of a bow. Step 3 Glue your boards together. Shape them together and tie them in several places with a string so they don’t separate while drying. Step 4 Make a 3-foot long tillering board out of a 2×4 inch board. To make the tillering board, cut a 1-inch notch in one end of the 2×4 inch board. Mark 1-inch intervals with a pencil from the opposite end of the board to the half way point. Hammer nails into the board at each marked