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  1. Nadav Tzadok Yair
    October 22, 2011

    enjoyed your site. looking for ways to add additional strength to the bow, like an extra bow at an opposite direction. does such exist?

    • MaD_dOG
      March 23, 2012

      Look up “Penobscot double bow” and/or “Father and Son bow” for examples of multi limbed bows. They’re fairly easy and fast to make, so great for a survival situation. Generally considered short life bows as they are made with green (unseasoned) wood.

  2. Brian Klinehoffer
    July 27, 2013

    I am interested in making a longbow from hickory. Two years ago, they logged on the farm I have access too. I have a found a hickory log that is 7 feet long and has been on the ground for two years. I have split the log into four sections. The outer part of the log has started to spald (beginning stages of rot). Is it a good idea to use such wood or would I be better off using a freshly cut log and being patient waiting a year for it to dry?

    • Richard Sempere
      December 19, 2013

      It depends how deep the rot has set in, maybe (and I’ve never tried this before) you could cut away a few layers along the grain and try it then. This is pretty difficult to do and because you may not have an even grained back you’d probably have to back the bow with some cloth or whatever you’d like to use. If you’re a true beginner, you could benefit greatly from starting out with some cheap board bows and while you’re learning to tiller properly get a brand new log to season while you practice. When I first started I didn’t know much about tillering and my first two bows failed. You don’t want to ruin a nice piece of wood.

  3. Emily Hutcheson
    December 12, 2013

    This helped me so much with writing for survival skill papers :)

  4. jakob geralds
    March 3, 2014

    i have made several bows and iv honestly had most luck with 3 inch hickory saplings there ushually fairly straight and often very springey and hard and theres not much work involved but i have an osage stave drying now so I will be attempting tht this spring. another thing if u have a garage with tall ratfters and u find that during the drying process your stave tends to bend or warp tie a stave to rafter and hang with a heavy weight at the other end iv tried this method and it worked for me on more than one occasion,

  5. Andy
    May 8, 2014

    Did you ever get around to writing the tillering article? Can’t seem to find it!

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