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There’s a lot of books on the market to show you how to make a bow and arrow, however, most of them seems too complicated. Here I will show you how to make a simple and clean bow within 2 days.

Once the weapon of choice for everyone from Native Americans hunters to Turkish armies, the bow is one of the oldest hunting (and fighting) tools on Earth. Even it’s not a must for modern army, there’s a lot of people love archery and shooting become popular as it can excise your body and mental.

Making a bow and arrow is not difficult, all you need is patience and focusing on the work.
I divide the course into 2 parts, i.e, how to make a bow and how to make an arrow.

Let’s get started now.

Part 1. How to make a bow.

Here I would like to share the way fo make a simple Bow with Glass Fiber .

Just 7 Steps.

Step 1 of how to make a bow and arrow

Get a wood and plane the surface first. Then Outline the Bow Shaft and Tip.  Here I attached a sample of Chinese Qing Bow Shaft And Tip Draw for reference.

bow tip and shaft draw

outline the bow tip and shaft

Then Cut the wood according to the outline

cut the wood

After Cutting,

wood tip and shaft

Then Polish them you can get

bow tip after polish

Step 2 of how to make a bow and arrow

Arrange the material to make a bow

material for making a bow


Material List:
Glass Fiber Sheet; Wooden Bow Tip&Shaft; AB Glue(or Epoxy Resin); Nylon; Cowhide; Protective glove ( you don’t want the glass fiber to hurt your hand, right? ) ; G Clamp; Half Round File and Broach File(optional)

Step 3 of how to make a bow and arrow

Polish the Bow Tip and Shaft for 2 rounds.

In the first round, use 400 Grit Sandpaper to mill off the edges and corners, especially the on the String Groove.
In the second round, use 2000 Grit Sandpaper to make the Bonding Area of Wood and Glass Fiber rough ( in order to make them bond more firm by AB Glue ).

polish the fiber glass sheet

Step 4 of how to make a bow and arrow

Glue the Bow Tip and Shaft onto the Glass Fiber Sheet

Use AB Glue to bond the bow tip to the glass fiber sheet, and then wrap it firmly by bandages and wires, and then wait 12 hours to let the glue show its bonding power.

glue sheet and bow tip

Then unwrap the wires and bandage, polish the bonding area. Spray some water to the File to avoid lots of dust during polishment. After polishment, wash the bonding area by water.

unwarp wires and polish

polish again

Use the above mentioned method to glue the Bow Shaft to the Glass Fiber Sheet.

A. Find out the Centre Point of the Bow by measure first, then use G Clamp to fix the boding area.

B. Wait 24 hours after glue, otherwise the Glass Fiber Sheet and Wooden Shaft will easily get apart.

C. You can use some shim to protect the Glass Fiber Sheet.

G clamp

polish and glue the bow shaft

Step 5 of how to make a bow and arrow

Wrap the cowhide first, then wrap the Nylon and Twine(nylone for fixing the cowhide, Twine just for making the bow seems more traditional).

warp the cowhide

wrap the nylon

wrap the twine

shaft covered by cowhide


Step 6 of how to make a bow and arrow

Paint the wood until it will not absorb the paint oil anymore.

Painting the bow

For this bow, I use Edible Oil as it’s easy to get for everyone.

Step 7 of how to make a bow and arrow

Draw the String–The Final Step
I bought a finished string from the market because it seems just a waste of time for making string by myself. ( You can make a string by yourself, it’s also easy )

bow string
Below is the finally finished bow.

finished bow
It’s a Simple Bow for practice purpose, its Draw Weight is about 35 lbs.
It only will need your 2~3 days for making a similar bow.
Don’t wait any more,Start to make your own bow Now!

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