Update Archives

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.

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?

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?

June 19, 2010

Yeah yeah, I know. When am I going to do that arrow build along I keep talking about? Well, here is a build along by Sulphur, from the the leatherwall who does it pretty much the way I do it. And then there's my youtube video.

June 13, 2010

You are welcome to copy, redistribute, repost, or whatever you want to do with the content of this web page EXCEPT that I ask you not to sell any of the information on this web page, attribute any of it to yourself or your cat, or attribute any of the changes you make in it to me.

June 5, 2010

I posted two more videos for youtube. One is myself and my daughter shooting some bows I made. The other one shows how I make bow stringers.

June 1, 2010

I posted three new videos on YouTube showing how I shape my tips and handles.

October 28, 2009

Here we are at the new url. Doesn't look much different, does it? Today, I did update the Another English Longbow build along. On Page 3, I updated the section on how to fix a misaligned string. It now includes four different methods for fixing a misaligned string, including what to do if your string is misaligned due to a twisted limb.

July 2, 2009

I posted a bunch of pictures of my bows on Photobucket in case anybody wants to have a look-see.

May 14, 2009

I'm making a violin!

December 15, 2008

I posted a video on YouTube showing How I make arrows. I plan to do a more detailed written build-along for this web page.

November 6, 2008

Steve Moore, from the leatherwall is currently doing the best English longbow build-along I've ever seen right here out of eastern red cedar, and he has me really wanting to do one myself. I've been looking for some cedar. Check out this one, too. It's beautiful.

October 20, 2008

Here's my email address: banana underscore nut underscore bread at hotmail dot com.
I'll try to answer every email I get, but I can't promise anything because I don't know what to expect.

December 21, 2007

I read an article this morning that said by 2012, the incandescent light bulb will be completely off the market. That will have serious ramifications for my hot box.

September 3, 2007

I usually cut my arrow rests 1.25 inches above center. Sometimes I cut them as high a 1.5 inches above center.

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