How to make bows and stuff

I've decided to turn this into a how-to site for poor people and/or apartment dwellers who want to build bows. I'm not going to put the whole thing up in one sitting, though. I'll add to it as I go along.


October 19, 2009

October 26th is the big day. That's when I'm supposed to transfer everything to Yahoo Webhosting and pick a domain name. This url will stay here until I do. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with since nothing better has presented itself. After I transfer, I think that for a while, if you come to this web page, it will automatically transfer you to the new one. I could be wrong about that, though!

July 10, 2009

When I switch over to the new web page, I'm supposed to pick my own domain name. I was thinking maybe, but then I got to thinking I need a shorter and pithier name for this web page, and maybe I should just call it "Poor Folk Bows," or something like that. Then the URL would be What do you think about that?

July 2, 2009

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

May 18, 2009

Just soes you know, Yahoo is getting rid of geocities. They say they will tell me later in the summer how to transition to Yahoo web hosting. I'm pretty sure the address to this web page is going to change or else I'm just going to have to move it to a different site. I'll make an announcement as soon as I can with a link to the new location.

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.

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.

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.

How to make a cheap and easy hot box

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.

How to make a Flemish bowstring

Handle wraps


Reflections on band saws

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.

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

Thanks! I wanted to say thanks to a few people.

Links These are some links to other bow-building pages.