How-To: Make a pyramid bow from hardware-store lumber

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How-To:  Make a pyramid bow from hardware-store lumber

Interesting Instructable from member Tool Using Animal (best ID ever) about how to buy red oak from the big orange store and turn it into a decent bow. He reports a 55-lb draw. [Thanks, Tim!]

4 thoughts on “How-To: Make a pyramid bow from hardware-store lumber

  1. Math Campbell says:

    I’ve seen a similar guide on other places, using the same red-oak, and the results are amazing looking…

    Sadly, apparently “red oak” is really common in the USA, but here in the UK, a lumber-shop will look at you with that “you-should-really-see-someone-about-your-chemical-dependency-issues” look…

    Any clues for UK makers on what wood would be good to start?

    1. Jason says:

      Historically, the English longbow was made from Yew. That might be an option. Here’s a couple of links that I found…

      Also, the “The Traditional Bowyer’s Bible” is an excellent resource.


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