Linda & Michael Schilling

Teaching the bow to bend... MAKING A LONGBOW

Making a longbow in only two days? No sweat! In their two-day workshops, the bowmakers team of Kunst-Griff introduced many enthusiastic beginners to the basics of making a wooden longbow –demonstrating each action step by step, in a comprehensible and clear way. This compact book, now in color, brings their workshop to you! Covering basic topics like ideal wood selection and the individual parts of a longbow, as well as more advanced construction like tillering, leather grips, bow stringers, Flemish splices and bowyer’s knots in detail, this guide provides you with the basics to get started with the fascinating hobby of bow making.

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Making a Rattan Bow

Linda & Michael Schilling

Making a Rattan Bow

Using rattan or a combination of rattan and wood, a variety of interesting bow designs can be made. Rattan is a very light material consisting of a soft, flexible core and a protective hard circumference, which makes it an excellent choice for bow making. Its elastic properties allow the back part of the bow to handle its tensile strength while the belly of the bow is better able to resist its compression forces. This book guides you through the making of seven bow designs with illustrated, step-by-step instructions. Sections include creating the bow profile, tillering, leather grips, shaping the handle, making wood overlays for the tips, and much more. This book is perfect for archers, woodworkers, and crafters of all skill level.

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Teaching the bow to bend... MAKING A LONGBOW

English longbow with horn nocksEnglish longbow with horn nocks

Content

1. Wood Selection

  • Wood Types
  • Grain Orientation
  • Flaws in the Wood

2. The Bow Stave

  • Overview: Bow Profiles
  • Marking the Bow Profile on the Stave
  • Example: Longbow
  • Preparation of the Bow Stave

3. Tillering

  • Positioning the Stave on the Tillering Stick
  • Finding the “Hinges”
  • Removal of Wood
  • Tool Handling
  • Leveling the Hinges
  • Balancing the Limbs
  • Carving the Nock Grooves
  • Bracing the Bow with the Tillering String
  • Checking the String Alignment
  • Adjustment of the Twisting
  • Tillering Up to the Intended Draw Length
  • Test Shooting
  • Bow Finishing

4. Leather Grip

  • Shaping the Leather Grip
Teaching the bow to bend... MAKING A LONGBOW Bow making and tillering

Annex

  • Tools
  • Tillering Stick
  • Bow Stringer
  • Tillering String (Flemish Splice)
  • Bow String (Flemish Splice)
  • Bowyer’s Knot
  • Glossary
  • About the Authors
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Over a period of 11 years, the authors have made hundreds of traditional wooden longbows, English longbows, Holmegaard bows, Meare Heath bows, flatbows, and conducted countless workshops. For health reasons they had to close this chapter in their lives in 2016. The presented books about bow-making reflect their passion and dedication for working with wood and building bows.

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Making a Rattan Bow

Table of Contents

Information about Rattan

cross-section rattan staveCross-section of rattan pole showing the structure of the vascular bundles

Rattan Short Bow with Recurves

  • Dimensions and Sawing-Out the Bow Profile (detailed)
  • Preparing the Side Profile (detailed)
  • Bending the Recurves
  • The Tillering (detailed)
  • Handle Variations
Rattan Short Bow with RecurvesRattan Short Bow with Recurves

Rattan Short Bow with Recurves and Rosewood Belly

  • Preparing the Bow Stave
  • Tillering the Bow
  • Leather Grip (detailed)
Rattan Short Bow with Recurves and Rosewood BellyRattan Short Bow with Recurves and Rosewood Belly

Pyramid Bow of Ashwood and Rattan Backing

  • Top view
  • Backing of Rattan
  • Gluing Belly of Bow and Backing Together
  • Preparing the Laminated Bow Stave for Tillering
  • Tillering
  • Wood Overlays for the Tips (detailed)
Pyramid Bow of Ashwood and Rattan BackingPyramid Bow of Ashwood and Rattan Backing

Short Bow of Pearwood and Rattan

  • Cutting the Rattan Pole
  • Outlining the Bow Profile (detailed)
  • Gluing-on the Belly of the Bow
  • Developing an Even Bending
  • Finishing
Short Bow of Pearwood and RattanShort Bow of Pearwood and Rattan

Rattan Recurve Bow with a Walnut Handle

  • Splicing Limbs to the Handle (detailed)
  • Shaping the Limbs (string alignment detailed)
  • Tillering
  • Bending the Recurves and Re-tillering
  • Shaping the Handle and Finishing
Rattan Recurve Bow with a Walnut HandleRattan Recurve Bow with a Walnut Handle

Rattan Bow with Padouk Ends and Walnut Handle

  • Making the V-splices
  • Shaping and Tillering
Rattan Bow with Padouk Ends and Walnut HandleRattan Bow with Padouk Ends and Walnut Handle

Rattan Recurve Bow with Pearwood Handle and Laminated Recurves

  • V-Slice for the Handle
  • Laminating and Splicing the Recurves (detailed)
  • Shaping the Recurves (detailed)
  • Tillering and Shaping the Handle
Rattan Recurve Bow with Pearwood Handle and Laminated RecurvesRattan Recurve Bow with Pearwood Handle and Laminated Recurves

Appendix

  • Tools
  • Glossary
  • Bow String, Flemish Splice
  • Bowyer’s Knot
  • Making a Bow stringer

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