Thursday, June 14, 2012

Primitive Archery

Alright, I'll get things started with one of my favorite primitive skills, archery.  I first started making bows when I was very young, out of sticks and twine.  They worked well and were fun to use.  Now I am making self bows and backed bows strong enough to hunt with.

This is my latest finished bow.  The wood is Osage and it has deer bone overlays on the tips.  I do not know the exact poundage.  I don't have an accurate way to measure it, but I do know it is probably over fifty pounds judging by other bows I have.  It is a self bow.  This is where the back of the bow (the side that faces away from you when you hold it) is all one growth ring.  This is my favorite type of bow.

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