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How do you make a long bow?

I always wanted to make a longbow to hunt with. Anyone know of where I can read some instructions and what kind of wood would be best?

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How do you make a long bow?

This site will give you an excellent overview on all types of traditional bows.
http://stickbow.com/

Maple, Osage and Yew are very popular. After looking at the site. I'm sure you'll have some more questions. It can get quite involved with laminates, backing, etc....

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Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
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How do you make a long bow?

Pick up a copy of Traditional Bowhunter magazine and look for Traditional events in your area. They often have Self -bow making classes. Also check with archery clubs or sportsmans clubs to see if they hold traditional events.
I learned to build longbows at just such an event. The bows that I have built have been made from Osage. It only took two days to build a bow from a "developed" stave. I do not know where you are from but the Lapeer Sportsmans Club in Attica, Michigan (North of Detroit) holds a Traditional Shoot, usually in August. That is where I learned.

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How do you make a long bow?

Thanks for the replys. That is a great site with a ton of info. Thanks.
I will see if I can find a copy of that mag too. I am located in North East Pennsylvania.

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How do you make a long bow?

I have a couple of books on making your own longbow. Interesting reading. If you email me your address I will forward them to you. I bought them figuring it would be a fun project. Now realism has stepped in and I do not think it is a project I will ever get around to. You can have the books if you want them.

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How do you make a long bow?
haiku_rodney wrote:
I have a couple of books on making your own longbow. Interesting reading. If you email me your address I will forward them to you. I bought them figuring it would be a fun project. Now realism has stepped in and I do not think it is a project I will ever get around to. You can have the books if you want them.

Sorry I didn't see this post earlier. Thats a generous offer and I will send you a PM.

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How do you make a long bow?

Hunter777
How's the bow making research going. Are you going with a laminated or self?
If a self bow, are you having any luck with a stave to start with? Osage with a backing material seems to be the most popular.
Everyone that get into traditional has to try to make at least one.

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How do you make a long bow?

I havent started the project yet. I have been drooling over a few in the bowhunter magazine but I just can't believe how much they cost!

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How do you make a long bow?

A good used traditional bow is well worth the price.
If you want a good commercially made recurve. A Red Wing Hunter, Howatt Hunter or a Howatt High Speed would be some excellent choices and if you look hard enough. You should be able to find one in the $150 to $200 range but more than likely less than that. I once picked up a 55# Red Wing Hunter in excellent condition for $60 and still use it to this day.

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How do you make a long bow?
haiku_rodney wrote:
I have a couple of books on making your own longbow. Interesting reading. If you email me your address I will forward them to you. I bought them figuring it would be a fun project. Now realism has stepped in and I do not think it is a project I will ever get around to. You can have the books if you want them.

Thanks for the books Rodney! I hope to put them to good use.

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Location: Eau Claire, Wi.
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Traditional Long Bow Project, by Rancid Crabtree

Traditional Long Bow Project, by Rancid Crabtree
I have a forum member who is in the middle of building a Long Bow from scratch.
He has done many projects of various kinds and this looks like a good one.
You can follow along as he builds the bow, and I am sure he would be glad to answer any questions that you may have. Good Luck
http://wisconsinoutdoor.com/smf/index.php?topic=1354.0

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