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 A guy in Singapore sent me some bamboo in exchange for me doing this build along.

How to dye a bamboo backed bow Two videos showing various techniques.

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


Reflections on band saws

How to take care of your bow

Frequently Asked Questions

Other Stuff

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.


January 31, 2020

I did some more work on the scroll for the violin build along. I'm not sure when I'll update this again because I need some tools to finish the scroll and peg box.

January 30, 2020

I updated the violin build along again with more neck, scroll, and bass bar pictures..

January 28, 2020

The the violin build along is updated again with some more scroll and bass bar stuff.

January 17, 2020

I worked on the violin some more today and updated the build along. I started on the neck, scroll, and bass bar.

January 15, 2020

I updated the Violin build along with the making of the top plate, minus the bass bar which I haven't done yet.

January 5, 2020

I added an article (which is really just two YouTube videos) showing how I dye bamboo backed bows with time stamps so you can jump to the parts you want to see. I also added a bunch of Amazon Affiliate links to various pages. I'm still working on that.

December 30, 2019

A visitor to this sight saw my updates about Google Adsense, and how that didn't work out, and he was kind enough to email me and offer suggestions. One of his suggestions was to become an Amazon Affiliate where I post links to Amazon products and earn a commission from qualifying purchases. That seemed like a good idea since I already talk a lot about tools I use on this web page, so I did that. I'm obligated to make this statement: "As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” I'm going to go through some of my build alongs and edit them, posting links to Amazon for the various tools and things I use or books I recommend.

December 13, 2019

AdSense is not going to happen. After making the changes yesterday, I resubmitted, and they still rejected me. So this will continue to be an ad free web site, and if I get tired of spending $160/year on it, I'll delete it.

December 12, 2019

On second thought, maybe I won't do Google AdSense. They sent me a rejection email saying I my web page violates their policy of having content with "no added value." It wasn't specific, but I thought they might mean my "handle wrap" article, which isn't an article at all since it was blank. So I deleted that. But they might mean "scraped content," which is content copied from other sources. The only thing I can think of is the third page of my spine tester article where I evaluated the spine testers that other people designed. I'm not going to delete that, though. Maybe they're referring to my links page where I'm just providing links to other sources. I'm not going to delete that either. For this updated, I deleted my "what to do with your scrap wood" article because it had a lot of dead pictures that used to be on Photobucket, and I deleted my "handle wraps" article since there was nothing written in it. I'll see how that goes. If they still disapprove, then screw it.

December 11, 2019

The Singapore bamboo recurve build along, which used to be a link to a build along I did on Tradgang, is now uploaded to this page.

December 11, 2019

I signed up for Google Adsense today. I've resisted ads on my web page in the past out of a desire to provide this information to people without hassle, but I've been paying about $160/year to keep this web page up, so I figured maybe Adsense could help. Sorry for the hassle. If it becomes too much a nuisance, I'll take it down. One of these days I may delete this web page, so if you really want to keep the content, you might consider printing out what you want or saving it or something.

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