Build alongs and stuff

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

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

Backings

Reflections on band saws

How to take care of your bow

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Updates

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.

May 29, 2012

I added an arrow build-along. It's not my best work, but cut me some slack. I don't have that much experience making arrows. I was making six arrows, and I broke four of them. It's been a rough day. :-( I thought about scrapping the whole thing but after all the time I spent writing, editing pictures, making corrections, etc. for the last three days, I decided to post it anyway.

May 27, 2012

I added a tutorial showing how to make a simple spine tester. It's similar to the one I did for the YouTube video.

May 24, 2012

I posted a video on YouTube today showing how to make a quick and easy spine tester.

May 18, 2012

I added a Frequently Asked Questions section to hopefully cut back on some of the email I get. But don't feel bad about asking questions if you have them! So far, I've been able to respond to all of my email.

March 7, 2012

I finally got some tools to continue my violin build along, and I posted a few pictures on page 4.

January 29, 2012

I uploaded a video on YouTube showing how I pack my bows to ship them.

July 14, 2010

I uploaded the new web page my friend, Tonya, designed for me. She did all the graphics and everything, and she designed seven different logos I can change out whenever I feel like it. I haven't decided whether I should upload the corresponding pages for the build alongs or not since the build alongs already have lots of images, and I don't want to slow them down. What do you think?

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