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Old 07-18-2005, 09:58 AM
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Do any of you build your own hunting bows? If you do, could you recommend some good woods to use and some instructions?
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Old 07-18-2005, 06:40 PM
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I try to make bows with little success but i know a lot about them some woods you can use are osage,yew, those two being the best, hickory a good starter wood,red oak,maple,ash,black locust,walnut and a great site is just click around and ask questions you will learn it all and some good reading is The Bowyers Bible 1 through 3
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Old 07-19-2005, 08:55 AM
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Mulberry is another good bow wood, a tree family that's related to osage. I've also used elm with success. The last half dozen bows I've made have been from red oak boards from Lowes or Home Depot. (I've got a really bad back and can't go out to the woods to cut and split my own wood any more.) Finding a board that has the right grain is the hardest part of the process.
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