Bow structure starts with gathering a tree and splitting bow staves from the log. When splitting bow staves from logs, there are a couple of things to think about. You’ll require a minimum of 2 wedges and ideally 4 or 5 of various sizes. These are very important bow structure tools. Long thin wedges or an axe head work well for beginning the split, while much shorter larger wedges work well for opening the log and separating the staves.
Here, we’re splitting bow staves from Osage orange however this method will work well for many bow wood like hickory, elm, red oak, maple, and so on. Start with a thin wedge or axe head in the little end of the log. The most crucial thing is to keep the 2 halves approximately equivalent in size. After that, try to find knots or other flaws that might impact the number of staves you can receive from a log.
Developing a primitive bow, longbow, recurve bow, or selfbow from start to surface is a really gratifying experience even if you never ever mean to go bow searching. It is an important ability to have if you’re seeking to broaden your archery, self dependence, bushcraft, and survival abilities. Hunting with a weapon, specifically one that you have actually made yourself, needs terrific persistence and woodsmanship.
In a future video I’ll cover the making of a survival bow from eastern red cedar and rawhide support. From live tree to lethal weapon in 3 days! Register for keep up to date on brand-new bow making videos.