**We will be meeting at some shaded picnic tables at the north end of the PAVED parking lot. Feel free to head over early. I will be there as soon as the park opens to reserve our tables. You might also consider bringing lunch and a water bottle.
I should be easy to spot, because I will be the only one with oak boards sitting on my table. In the event that somebody claims those tables first, just walk around until you see some oak boards.
Would anybody be interested in a self guided bow building meet-up? A 1” x 2” x 6’ board from Home Depot costs about $7 and can make a bow that is about as good as anything that you could purchase from a store. And, the tools necessary to complete the bow would only run you $4-$40, depending on the quality of the tools that you purchase. A sharp knife, pencil, and a yardstick would get you by, but I recommend paying the $4 for a rasp. I do have 3 rasps for others to borrow.
*This would require that you find your wood and tools ahead of time, and make sure that you read the instructions before selecting your wood. Also, good wood can be difficult to find, and you can sometimes get better wood by cutting a larger board to the dimensions that you want—if you have the tools.
- 1” x 2” straight-grained hardwood board that is at least as long as your fingertip to fingertip wingspan.
- Bow string material (B50 Dacron, available at an archery shop near you)
-sand paper (coarse, medium, and fine)
- Sharp Pencil (bring a sharpener or a mechanical pencil)
http://www.harborfreight.com/3-piece-rasp-set-33865.html (Cheap and adequate)
- Yard Stick
- A hatchet (useful but not necessary)
Instructions on how to select your wood:
Bow building instructions (print & bring):
*These instructions were written by Tim Baker, one of the most knowledgeable traditional archery experts of our time. I think that his instructions will be sufficient, but I have done this before, and I am more than willing to try and answer any questions that you may have.