In part 3 of our woodworking ideas series, how to build a primitive bow from a maple board, we remove the bow from the form and trim the rawhide to fit the bow’s back. Then we continue with the tillering process to get the primtive bow’s limbs to bend evenly and smoothly at our desired draw weight.
Once we’ve got the limbs bending evenly and the bow drawing to out draw length, we’ll shoot the bow through a chronograph to see how fast it shoots.
We discus the tillering process in detail, as well as many other aspects of building a primitive wood bow.
This type of board bow is cheap and easy to make with basic woodworking tools. All you need is a hand plane, rasp, and a few other basic woodworking tools.
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