Build alongs and stuff

Bows -n- Arrows

Red oak board bow build along This is a tutorial showing how to make a cheap bow with a minimum of tools. If you've never made a bow before, this is a good place to start.

English Longbow build-along This was my first attempt at an English longbow.

Another English longbow build-along This was my second attempt at an English longbow. I like this one better.

Bamboo-backed ipe bow build along I suppose the information in this one would be just as useful if the belly wood were Osage or bamboo.

Fiberglass laminated bow build along This is probably not the best build-along I've done, but it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

Bamboo recurve build along

Singapore bamboo backed Osage recurve build along This is an off-site link to a build along I did on TradGang.

How to make a Flemish bowstring

How I make arrows This build-along did not go smoothly, but you may still be able to learn something, or just enjoy the adventure.

How to Make a Spine Tester This tutorial shows how to make a simple and inexpensive spine tester. It also goes into the difference between static and dynamic spine and how to estimate the proper spine for your bow. And it shows several other spine testers.

Bow woods This is a list of my opinion about various woods I've tried in bow limbs.

Why I hate purple heart

Finishes This is a list of my opinion about various finishes I've tried.

Glue These are my thoughts on various glues used in making bows and arrows, their advantages and disadvantages, and where to get them.

How to make a cheap and easy hot box

Handle wraps


Reflections on band saws

How to take care of your bow

Frequently Asked Questions

Other Stuff

What to do with scrap wood After all, you only need so many tip overlays.

Violin build along This is my first violin and is posted more for your entertainment than for your education. Please keep that in mind.

How to make a wooden tankard This is a good thing to know if you're into renaissance festivals.

How to Make a Knife I put the whole thing on one page, so prepare to load 105 pictures.

Harry Potter and the Pie Maker This is my attempt at writing fan fiction. It's a cross over with Harry Potter, Pushing Daisies, Star Wars, and Doctor Who.

Philochristos. This is my Christian/philosophy blog.

Sambostuff This is my Instagram where I post pictures of my knives and stuff.


June 26, 2018

I added a couple of links to the bottom of the "other stuff" that has nothing to do with bow building or knife making. One is my blog, and the other is my fan fiction.

June 14, 2018

I fixed the link to the Singapore bamboo bow build along. At some point I'm going to transfer the whole thing to this web page so I don't have to worry about it being deleted altogether. It's probably my favourite build along.

November 21, 2015

I added some knives to the for sale page.

March 31, 2015

I added three more pictures to the part of the tankard build along in the section where I glue on the handle.

March 30, 2015

I added a knife build along.

September 28, 2014

I added a video on how to dye a bamboo backed bow

July 28, 2014

I made a major boo boo on the wooden tankard build along. I'm surprised nobody else caught it. Or maybe you were just too polite to say anything. It is fixed now.

July 28, 2014

I finished the backplate on my violin and have it glued to the ribs, and I updated the violin build along with new pictures and stuff.

July 27, 2014

I added a link to a bamboo backed Osage recurve build along I recently did on TradGang.

March 13, 2014

I added an article on how to take care of your bow.

February 6, 2014

I added an article on various glues used in making bows and arrows, including their uses, advantages, disadvantages, and where to get them.

October 31, 2013

I added a tutorial on how to make a wooden tankard.

July 18, 2013

I added an article on what to do with your scrap wood.

June 29, 2013

I added a bamboo recurve build along.

June 19, 2013

I added a few more picture to page 4 of the violin build along.

June 15, 2013

I added a video tutorial on how to make a Flemish bowstring. It's 40 minutes long. I didn't do any editing. Oh, and I also found John Scifres' old web page on the Wayback Machine. There's a lot of good build along on there and well-worth checking out. I read his stuff religiously when I was learning how to make bows, and I still like to look at them. His build alongs were a big inspiration for the how I do build alongs.

February 27, 2013

Somebody opened an account and started a thread on The Leatherwall pretending to be me. It's not me, and I don't know what the deal is with that. His handle on the leatherwall is Poorfolk Bows, and he calls himself Sam Harper.

July 5, 2012

I did a wee bit of editing on the red oak build along and the bamboo backed ipe build along, and I fixed a few dead links. I also added a bunch of links to the other bow building sites page.

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