Make a bow

**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.

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Hi,

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.


Materials:

- 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)


Tools:

- Sharp Pencil (bring a sharpener or a mechanical pencil)

- Rasp

http://www.harborfreight.com/3-piece-rasp-set-33865.html (Cheap and adequate)

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2082430/31190/9-Shinto-Saw-Rasp.aspx (Better)

- Knife

- Yard Stick

- A hatchet (useful but not necessary)


Instructions on how to select your wood:

http://poorfolkbows.com/oak.htm


Bow building instructions (print & bring):

paleoplanet69529.yuku.com/topic/47638

*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.

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  • Wayne

    Great job on the meetup. Great time. I am glad to see things like this getting scheduled and look forward to a possible knapping class... <hint - hint>

    July 14, 2014

    • Alexa M.

      I'd love to but there's an important special event this weekend i need to go to..

      July 15, 2014

    • Rick T.

      I can repost the meetup if you would like to do that. I didn't see an initial reaction when I posted, so I thought that maybe nobody was interested. I was going to start building my next kayak instead.

      July 16, 2014

  • Alexa M.

    Oh, shit, I thought/meant to just comment so I'd be reminded but not commit to being here. My humblest apologies.

    July 13, 2014

    • Alexa M.

      I'm kind of always on call for my business so I try not to ever say yes to much of anything without that caveat...wow we could get the whole thing done though!

      July 13, 2014

    • Alexa M.

      What's nice about accidentally saying id come is i feel more aware that id love to do this, though I was in such pain I didn't go out all day til 10:30 at night & have been pretty occupied with work stuff. So, sorry for the extra yes, but I'd love to even find time to do this in the next year.

      July 13, 2014

  • Wayne

    Running a bit late, but on my way.

    July 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awoke with a migraine. Sorry.

    July 13, 2014

    • Alexa M.

      Put something cold on your neck! I learned in massage school and get them myself just like that. Drink tons of water and self massage your neck and scalp some too! One ceu vid even said to poke around for trigger points on the roof of your mouth...lol

      July 13, 2014

  • Marci

    We have to back out (my daughters and I), as we had a few unforseen obstacles this week that we couldn't overcome (longer story short). But if you ever have this class again, I'll be watching for it/them, even if we are coming up from Corvallis. We talked about it and we may just try it ourselves since we have the supplies and some basic instructions now anyway. ;) Hope to meet you all someday soon regardless of which meetup it is!

    July 12, 2014

  • Rick T.

    **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.

    July 8, 2014

  • Lance D.

    I work the weekends

    July 7, 2014

  • Afrovivalist

    I have to cancel and im not to happy about it. Have fun all!

    July 6, 2014

  • Afrovivalist

    I have to cancel and im not to happy about it. Have fun all!

    July 6, 2014

  • Rick T.

    Just a heads up, you really need to start looking for your wood. You will probably have to check multiple stores, and look at a lot of boards. I was at woodcrafters yesterday, and I wasn't able to find anything suitable for a bow--unless I wanted to buy a huge chunk of wood and cut it. Check: Lowes, Home Depot, Crosscut Hardwoods, Local lumberyards...

    Your best bet is: red oak, white oak, and hard maple. All of the big box stores carry red oak and hard maple.

    If you go with oak, pay attention to the rings on the end of your board. Here is an example: http://poorfolkbows.com/oak.htm Ring thickness is not important if you use hard maple, but follow all of the other instructions.

    July 1, 2014

    • Rick T.

      Here's the link: http://pdxstumpgrindi...­

      July 1, 2014

    • Rick T.

      The Jantzen Beach Home Depot has some decent 1"x3" oak if you have the means to cut it.

      July 1, 2014

  • Marci

    My 9-year old daughter and I would LOVE to join, but I have my 7 year old as well who is interested, but not great on the attention side. (i can bring something else for.her if she gets "bored"). Would that be a problem? We'll be coming up from Corvallis, so as soon as there is a location, please post. :)

    June 29, 2014

    • Rick T.

      Yeah, get the kids involved! But, you will need to modify the design a little bit for the kids, because the directions don't consider small hands. You will want their boards to be only 1" wide.

      1 · June 29, 2014

  • hootenanny

    I want to go! I am not 100 percent sure I will be in town for that, but I will try!

    June 28, 2014

  • Hannah L.

    I would love to but I have a friend coming into town that day.

    June 28, 2014

    • Wayne

      Well bring your friend, too!

      1 · June 28, 2014

  • Alexa M.

    I like it :-) if I'm in then and don't have to work I'd like to do this! That'd be amazing to have

    June 27, 2014

  • Rick T.

    Lets plan for the 13th then.

    June 27, 2014

  • Wayne

    Good for me.

    June 27, 2014

  • Chris

    The 13th would work great for me.

    June 27, 2014

  • Rick T.

    Jody, what species of maple? Vine maple and sugar maple are good for bows. Big leaf maple is not so good. Stick to 4" diameter or larger. If your wood is green, you can rough out the bow and then let it dry for a month or so. Or, you could buy a board, make a bow, and then you will have a better idea of how to improve your next one.

    How would July 13th work for everybody?

    June 27, 2014

  • Chris

    I'd love to do this. It will depend on which Sunday you pick as sometimes I can't get child care.

    June 27, 2014

  • Jody E.

    Hi Wayne,
    Count me in. If I wanted to use a piece of Maple from the tree in my yard, how large (dia) do I need to go to get some strong material and how dry do I need to have it?
    Jody

    June 27, 2014

  • Wayne

    The only Sunday I have plans for is Jun 20th, so any other one works for me. I am moving this over now.

    June 27, 2014

  • Rick T.

    Sunday works for me. Could you bump this into the upcoming meet-up section to try and generate some interest? I don't think that anybody pays attention to the suggested meetup box, and it looks like this won't even be announced until we have a third person.

    Any idea which Sunday would work best for you? People are going to need a little time to find wood and tools anyway.

    June 27, 2014

  • Wayne

    My weekends are usually pretty slammed. I picked up a second job and I teach a lot of hunting classes. My work schedule keeps me busy until about 6 during the week. If you want to do the class on the weekend, Sunday is aways best for me. It is your gig, however, and I will help and support this great class any way that I can. What works best for you?

    June 27, 2014

  • Rick T.

    Hi Wayne,

    Yeah, I think that making traditional archery equipment is a great way for people to pick up some basic skills. And, after they get their equipment in order, they can take your hunting classes and gain some additional skills.

    What would work with your schedule?

    June 26, 2014

  • Wayne

    This sounds like a great time. I would love to attend if I can schedule it.

    June 26, 2014

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