I am in the middle of making a bow and I thought I would share my experiences as I build it. In no sense should this be construed as a tutorial as I have no idea what I am doing and I am just having fun figuring this out.
Here’s the bow I’m working on. It’s not quite done, but it’s getting there (if it doesn’t break that is…). The bow originally was a 3"X1"X6’ a maple board from a local hardware store. The design is a Mollegabet style. I chose this style because I am following this great video tutorial on YouTube by Mike of Boarrior Bows called “How to Make a High Performance Bow for $10”.
You’ll notice that’s not a bow string. That’s because I don’t know how to make one! Sam Harper over at Poorfolkbows.com does, so I’ll likely follow his YouTube video on how to make a Flemish Bow String.
Here’s my bow on a tillering stand.
I learned how to make a tillering stand and other helpful hints from the book The Backyard Bowyer by Nicholas Tomihama. He also has videos on YouTube on insane topics like making a 100 lb PVC Crossbow.