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Make a bow

A 1” x 2” x 6’ board from Home Depot costs about $7 and can make a bow that is about as good as any. The necessary tools only cost $4-$40, depending on the quality of the tools that you purchase.

*You are required to find your wood and tools ahead of time, and make sure that you read the instructions before selecting your wood. Good wood can be difficult to find, so start early. 

***This is what your wood should look like. Notice the straight lines running along the wide face of the board! 



- 1” x 2” straight-grained hardwood board that is at least as long as your fingertip to fingertip wingspan. Look for red oak, white oak, or “hard maple”. 

- 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)

- Rasp (Cheap and adequate) (Better)

- Knife

- Yard Stick

Some instructions to help select your wood: 

Bow building instructions (print & bring):

**We will be meeting at some shaded picnic tables directly adjacent to the north end of the PAVED parking lot. Feel free to head over early. I will be there as soon as the park opens at 7:00am 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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  • Rick T.

    This looks like a really good place to get your wood.

    July 16, 2014

    • Rick T.

      Unfortunately, this weekend is not going to work either. Maybe next weekend.

      August 7, 2014

    • Tyler Broderick F.

      That's fine. I have some conflicts coming up at some point, but once we get together, we can knock out the bow some more or maybe move onto knapping!

      August 9, 2014

  • Tyler Broderick F.

    See you guys tomorrow!

    July 19, 2014

  • ed b.

    Rick. I will attend but if interest is to low I can find other activites.
    I will gladly loan tools for use at class if people dont have tools of their own.

    July 17, 2014

    • Rick T.

      Thanks. I don't plan on canceling though. I've got my own bow to finish anyway, and the lake's a nice place to do it.

      July 17, 2014

  • Chris

    Rick, the first session was great, I had a great time and I really appreciate you organizing it. I would attend this one if it wasn't for childcare issues this month.

    July 16, 2014

    • Rick T.

      No worries. Sorry you can't make it.

      July 16, 2014

  • Rick T.

    Please don't RSVP unless you fully intend to show up. It's helpful to know how many are attending.

    July 16, 2014

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