There are quite a number of how to’s for the DIY survival bow out there but few are as explanatory and technically detailed as Michael’s. You most often might just be told what to do but with this Michael gives a lot of ‘meta’ info with clear reasons why a certain kind of material should be used or why a particular technique works better for the end game.
Even if you still fancy getting one of those commercial products, having such a skill could prove to be priceless in many ways.
Below is a summary of how to make your own survival bow and arrow:
HOW TO MAKE THE BOW
1. Find your tree. Avoid weaker woods such as pine and willow in favor of hickory, oak, and maple. Look for a diameter of at least 8 inches, which will require less carving. (Because bows are made from vertical slices of the tree, on a smaller tree the arc of the outside edge—the part that becomes the back of your bow—will be more pronounced, requiring more shaving to flatten it out.)
2. Cut and split the tree. An 8-inch tree provides six or seven bow staves. Leave enough room on the end of each stave to cut off roughly 6 inches, where the wood might have cracks. (For example, a 68-inch bow needs at least a 6∏-foot piece of wood.) Keep the stave roughly 1√ inches wide from tip to tip and 1 inch thick. Leave the bark on to reduce cracking as the wood dries.
3. Let the wood dry. This typically takes at least three or four weeks but can be up to a year. (If you want to be sure, buy a moisture meter and wait for a readout of 11 or 12 percent.) The most flexible wood will warp into a bend called a reflex…
4. Debark your bow with a drawknife, as shown above, and mark the shape of the bow’s broadside
5. With a drawknife or band saw, refine the shape.
6. Use a chainsaw file, as seen above, to make string grooves at a 45-degree angle on the outside of both tips, about 1/2 inch from each end.
7. Create a tiller tree (above) to test your bow’s flexibility.
8. Sand and finish the bow. Hunters may want to use a dark stain because it’s harder for animals to see.
NEXT: See More And How He Chooses And Crafts His Arrows On The Next Page…