bow making

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ady05

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Jan 8, 2007
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could someone please help i wish to have ago at bow making i understand that yew is the best item for this but i have not seen any around my erea is there a good substitute instead

thankyou all :You_Rock_
 
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JimJam

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Hi

Ive not had any experience on making bows but have recently ordered the traditional bowyers bible volume 1 that came highly recommended to me but i have found a fantastic website that has lots of different wood stocks metals etc here is the link http://www.traditionalmaterials.co.uk/ they also do yew

hope it helps

JimJam :)
 

Snufkin

Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)
Oct 13, 2004
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Hi mate, use the search engine as there are quite a few threads on bowmaking.
Yew is a great wood but a bow quality stave will set you back a couple of hundred quid. Try ash, you should be able to find it easily. Also sycamore will make a pretty decent lightweight bow. The Traditional bowyers bibles are great books, highly recommended.
 

jon r

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Apr 7, 2006
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I wouldnt use yew for making your first bow because its seen as being pretty precious to a lot of people. I hear that ash is pretty good for making bows. :)

Ray says that you should proberbly make about 10 bows before you move onto making a Yew one! :)