SELFBOW- MANIFESTO/ SELFBOW- BASICS/ABOUT ME

hey, great to be in the blogosphere.

I´m a traditional bowyer, and so this blog will focus on traditional bows´n arrows and stuff, no fakes no!

I´m a traditional bowyer since 19 years. If one is asking how to become a traditional bowyer, I usually reply: I don´t know, somehow it happened. That´s really true, when I was a kid I never dreamt of becoming a bowyer, I dreamt of becoming a pilot. Now I´m an arrow- pilot  I guess I´m driven by the same time- wave, that drives all these people more or less hooked on primitive techs and traditional crafts and arts.

Some years before I had a dream about being a bowyer: It told me that a bowyer is a kind of energy- transformer. I try to be always aware of this dream.

I´m running the REDHAWK- workshop, making bows for privat customers, for exhibitions and museums and I do bow- classes for adults and at schools.

20 years traditional bowery means 1001 stories to tell about the making of wooden bows, arrows, trees, horns, sinew, natural glues, primitive tools, ancient cultures and above all about our origines and Mother Earth.

So the bowXplosion is a stage, last but not least a pic of myself adjusting a spindlewood- nock to a flightarrow- shaft in my workshop:

that´s me, Michael Bittl.........


Here you can get or share your experiences dealing with real bows made of wood, sinew, horn………….primitive tech at its best in the digital world…………………have you ever heard about the digital natives (great term, I´ve found as a title of one of Don Tapscott books, you need to read his books).

You´ll find a lot of making- offs of traditonal bows´n arrows with infos, pics……………………..

Much more very soon!

Michael

Sorry, it is February now, much more very soon?

Yeah, today I´ll begin with IL SELFBOW- MANIFESTO……..

If you don´t trust in wooden bows or in wood or in nature, if you like techno- bows, don´t go on reading this manifesto, leave this blog or better leave this wonderful planet…………that´s not the place for you to feel comfort………….

Why do I wooden bows?

The wooden bow is as old as bows are prooved: there are  petroglyphes posting bows dated 11000 years back, artificial fibre bows have about 50years. Due to the fact that the basic raw material for artificial fibres, petroluem will run out soon, before running out it be will unpayable, artificial fibre bows will turn out to be the smallest side- story  in bowery ever.

All the hype around the artificial fibre bows will turn out to be a lie, they are nothing else than a sales- product faking our memories of the past, our dreams and our true feelings about being a warrior, hunter or amazon…………………

As a Native American told me……………..these techno- bows are money- makers.

In the beginning of the 1990ies some crazy enough bowyers in the USA decided to publish their experiences with the wooden bows they just made for their own. Everybody of them likes archery, but was frustrated about modern bows……..to shot such a techno- monster is not any challenge………………..

So these guys, Tim Baker, Jim Hamm, Paul Comstock………….many more published the TRADITIONAL BOWYERS BIBLE, really the best publication focused on traditional bowery, the first volume was soon followed by a second, a third and a fourth volume. If you want to discuss with some of the writers join the PALEOPLANET- forum, check out my link at the right.

Go on soon, really, Michael

I just go on with the IL SELFBOW MANIFESTO……………………….

Wood as a bow´s raw material is absolutely outstanding, is the best choice you can do.

It fits the needs of bowyers, hunters and warriors for about 10000 years, you know we´re still living here on this planet.

The outstanding quality of wood for to make bows is its breaking and compression strength compared with its physical weight. Glass fibre and horn are much more heavier. The physical weight of a bow affects its performance a lot, it determines how many energy is needed for to move the limbs of the bow themselves. This energy is lost for to cast the arrow. Even a bow- string being being to heavy causes the performance of a bow. Several times I participated in some researching projects about historical bows, as a side- product, we found out that 15grs. of physical weight causes the bow to shoot an arrow 1f/s faster or slower. Keep in mimd that´s an average value, depending on the bow´s design and raw- material.

Above all its due to Tim Baker, one of the authors of the Traditional Bowyers Bible, that actually a rising numbers of bowyers is furtherdevelopping traditional selfbow- designs. Tim Baker has kept a clear and cool view at the historical designs, he tested them all. Within all the hype about the recovery of the selfbow he was and is still able to keep his enthusiasm.

After having got a general idea what are the old bows are able to perform, he posted his results and went a step further: how could we improve these designs.

I´ve to agree, its 2010 and with the www we´ve never known overview on all the historical bow designs, within no time you can get all the needed infos about any bow- design. I feel somehow obliged to furthterdevelop the great work of the old bowyers. The meaning of the term handcraft in some native dialects is ” to honour the elders”.

I would recommend you to read above all the stuff posted by Tim Baker, Paul Comstock, Marc St. Louis, Steve Gardner in the Traditional Bowyers Bible or go to the PALEOPLANET- forum.

The most extreme designs of wooden bows you can find by studying wooden flight bows. Flight bows are bows only made for a long and far arrow- flight, there´s an annual meeting of flightbowyers and flightarchers at the Great Salt Lake in the USA. Obsessed by the idea to shot an arrow as far as possible these men and women met for to check out their newest ideas and ecperimental bows. Flight- archery is really the ultimate challenge for to check out what bows and fitting arrows are able to perform.

again…….I´ll go on soon

again…….I go on…………..

Every serious bowyer has to care for flight- bowery for to find out what to do for to “pimp” a design or for to find out the best designs. But the bow is only one half of the game, the arrow is the other half. Flight arrows have to be light, but a low arrow- weight means low material but the arrow has to be stable enough. It´s a game, I call it the spider- web- game, the bow/ arrow- entity has be as light and as stable as possible, like a spider´s web is able to withstand the power of a storm.

Take care, flight- bowery is a drug, I´m suffering from it.

Originally a bow is a weapon for hunting and warfare. Usually warbows were done stronger than hunting- bows, its arrows were done heavier with bigger heads. Hunting- bows has to be somewhat mobile, a drawweight of about 50lbs is enough, heads were fitted to the kind of hunted animal.

What are wooden- bows able to perform?

Warbows have to meet the needs of the warriors, depending on military tactics.

Hunting- bows have to kill a hunted animal within the reach of its flightzone, heavily hunted animals like antelopes and deers have a flightzone of about 30 yards. That´s the best distance for target- shooting, within this range you should be able to shoot your selfbow clean and accurate. If you shoot your selfbow( let´s say 45 lbs) for distance, it should cast a normal arrow(about 350grs) about 145 yards…………A flight bow(65lbs) is able to cast a flight arrow about 350yards, but it depends on the bow(design, material), on the arrow, on the circumstances(wind) and the capablities of the archer.

………I´ll go on soon

………..I go on

I´ve tried to outline the capablities of selfbows.

So you´ll find here almost everything what you need for to make your selfbow, post your comments, questions, critiques, post pics of your selfbows…………………

IL SELFBOW- MANIFESTO

Go out, choose a fitting piece of wood( the stave), debark it, maybe you´ve to split it, let it dry for about 18 month, or check the internet and buy a stave from a serious bowyer. Look for a comfort place, take an axe, hatchet or draw-knife for to cut the bow. Make a string of natural fibres( flax, hemp, ramie, silk), wax it. Brace the bow a, draw it a bit, check its bending, its drawweight, that´s called tillering the bow. The most delicious moment in bowmaking:  is this bow a great performer, an average bow or fire- wood?  Maybe you´ll have to cry or be the most happiest human, but be cool and courageous. If the bow breaks, do another one, right now………………or leave it.

Make your arrow of a twig, cut it into an arrow- shaft, fix the feathers and the tip.

Go out, brace your bow, take the arrow, take a deep breath, draw the string and the arrow, breathe out and release……………………………..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a very precious experience:  you´ve got your power back, this is  shamanic. If you buy an artificial fibre bow, you do nothing but to leave the money, you´ve been worked hard for to one of the usual money- makers. By the way your personal dreams of being once a warrior, hunter, amazon………….have been faked.

For beginners I recommend to do a bow- class or have a look at some selfbow- tutorials( again PALEOPLANET).

Experience bow- making as often as you´ve the time till your hands, your fingers, your body, your cells know the way to do it right.

DO YOUR OWN ARCHERY GEAR!

Experience shooting your bow as often as possible,  less people are good archers by nature. Practice counts for to get the feeling to hit the target 10, 16 or 35 yards away, for to get the feeling how your bow and your arrows are working.

To withstand and release, that´s it, if you practice enough this will affect your daily life, more and more you´ll experience what you want, how and when to get it.  You´ll get a feeling for to get the point. Most archers do nothing but target- shooting,  sorry,  that´s boring. I like flight- shooting much more, enjoy a long flight of a selfmade arrow, rove around, shoot at at an apple you´ll eat after you´ve hit it or walnuts hanging in the top of a tree………………….

Check the countless bow and arrow games of the Native Americans or Arabian cultures.

Keep always in mind your bow is a powerful weapon, you can hurt people or animals seriously, take care!

Selfbowery is a strong experience of history, even if you cut your bow- stave with modern tools, you have to do it like your ancestors some thousand years before. To fix the feathers at the arrow- shaft with sinew- fibres, it so primitive but highly effective, a thousands of years old technique. You´ll learn how to cooperate perfectly with natural materials, with Mother Nature.

Participating at a traditional archery tournament you´ll meet a Native American Plains bow, an English longbow, a Scythian hornbow………………..globalised world.

Making your own bow you´ll learn a lot about the growing patterns of trees, you´ll experience raw- materials like hide, natural fibres, feathers,  natural glues and pigments, you´ll get confident with axes, hatchets, drawknifes, maybe stone- tools. You will meet the principle of the lever, pressure and tension,  shear forces……………………

Above all: you´ll meet beauty itself…………no wooden bow looks like another wooden bow, they are all made of wood, but every wooden bow posts its own environmental circumstances…………a beauty of its own!

Share your experience, register at a bowery- forum, run your own bowery- blog, become a member of an archery- club. But be warned, even selfbowery is accepted, there are still techno- bow fanatics, disrespecting wooden bows,  for whatever stupid reasons, they are members of an endangered species. Even hornbowyers are disrespecting selfbows, maybe they are of the opinion that the hornbow is a furtherdevelopment of the selfbow. Untrue, a hornbow is a very clever designed and delicious to do kind of bow, a real powerful weapon, I estimate hornbows high. But hornbows are such ineffective for an individual being, the hornbow is the bow of straight organized societies, empires, tyrannies……Selfbows are ruling!

That´s it…………I still have the feeling to be able to go on for another 10 days or so………………..somehow the selfbow is my life…………….

You´ll find here details of making wooden bows, sometimes I´ll do a sinew- backing or a hornbow and I offer you to accompany it. Post your comments, questions, critics……………

I´ll post a lot of pics and infos from harvesting staves, storing and air- drying staves, cutting bows of different designs, making arrows, shooting…………………………..

SELFBOW- BASICS

I got a lot of mails asking for the basics of selfbowery, I´ll begin it right now as a hands on add- on of the SELFBOW- MANIFESTO. Many non- bowyers and non- archers have read the MANIFESTO, got interested in and would like to know the basics.  I´ve done a lots of bow- classes with adults and kids, millionaires and punks, the last 20 years I saw about 5000 people sweating-  focused on the same dream-  to make a wooden bow and matching arrows with their own hands.

I´ll begin it right now, as a follow up, but keep in mimd, it is very basic: a lots of details and further informations you need to know, you´ll find in the articles, tutorials and build- alongs here at BOWXPLOSION.

At first I would like to introduce the terms we need for to let you know, what I´m talking about:

A selfbow is a bow made of one piece of a wood, choosen very carefully for to match the physics of a bow- it is the so- called bow- stave.

The handle is  in the middle or center of a bow, this is where you hold a bow, with your left hand if you´re right- handed, with your right hand, if you´re left- handed. Usually there is no arrow- rest at the handle of a selfbow, you rest the arrow at the knuckle of the index of your bow- hand.

A limb of a bow is the bending or working part of the bow, just beginning  at the ends of the handle. If a bow is drawn the bending limbs produce energy needed for to cast the arrow. The face of the limb on the string side is called belly, the limbs´ opposite side is called  back. Back and belly are very basic terms in selfbowery, cause the back has to be the outside of the bow- stave, the former bark- side of the tree, the belly is at the opposite face of the stave. When a bow is drawn, the limbs begin to bend, so the back of the bow has to withstand tension and its belly has to withstand compression. Notice it, that´s the key for to undertsand the physics of a bow, we´ll follow up on it  again.

Usually the length of the limb matches the drawlength, this means how far the bow could be drawn. Never draw it beyond that mark, never, if you go further the bow could explode! The drawlength is corresponding the length of the arrows for the bow, so when you draw a bow with its matched arrows, you can´t overdraw it. For to draw a bow its drawlength you need a certain weight, that´s the drawweight. A bow´s specifications may tell you…..45lbs/28″, this means the bow´s drawweight is 45lbs at a drawlength of 28″

At the ends of the limbs are the nocks for to adjust the string.

To be continued…………………

useful pics added


Mindful readers of the bowXplosion should have noticed that the posted bow is the bow, whose making off is told in the “A Bowexplosion”- Article here, look for it, if you´ve missed it.









37 thoughts on “SELFBOW- MANIFESTO/ SELFBOW- BASICS/ABOUT ME

  1. Hi Michael,
    this seems to be the very first comment. I should write something that is carefully considered, so give me a try. If anyone wants to tell the whole truth he has to do it a little bit later, I am first 🙂
    I feel happy about everyone who talks about “simple archery”! Its all about “simplicity” what comes up, flintknapping, firemaking…so much inspired by american native culture I feel this spirit is coming through from our european ancosters too. And don`t think about the romans or the greek culture of the ancient time, what I mean is the celtic culture mixed with the german tribes. That is my heritage. I do feel this way.
    See forward to get more of this!
    Greetings out, Frank.

    1. Hi Frank, sorry for my late reply, but this blog turns out to be a time- consuming thing, I had never expected. But that´s great, I´ve so many stories to tell………………………..I was heavily attracted by the Native American culture, but ´ve done Scythian, Greek, Egyptian…………bows, they are all made the same way, there are so many different cultures on this planet! Thanks to the internet we´re globalised , we´re digital natives now, my heritage is Mother Earth.( look out for the books of Buckminster Fuller, Don Tapscott…………many others)…
      Michael

  2. Hi Michael, great page! I’m a student of antiquity like yourself, and I share your passion for these types of bows. But I have a question that isn’t exactly related – you live in southern Germany, what type of bow was historically used there? What specie of wood? I’m an American of southern German descent, so I’m of course very curious what our ancestors were making and using. I’d sure appreciate any data you possibly have about this:) All the best, Ryan

    1. Hi Ryan, sorry for my late reply.
      I guess I´ll post an article on historically European bows.
      Unfortunately the “Europeans” have cancelled almost every history B. C. Maybe Homer was the last one of the “Ancient- timers” with a deeply interest in former and foreign cultures, anyway he was calling the Scythians to be barbarians.
      If you want to learn our own “whitemen”- history you´ve to make the detour via the ancient people of Asia, Africa, the Americas.
      The best known ancient European bows are the wooden composites of Scandinavia.
      Concluding of what is known and historically proven, we could assume that the Ancient Europeans( mainly the Celtic tribes) knew very well long- and flatbows made of ash, elm and yew.
      I see this topic is it worth to go much more into details.
      I´ll do it soon.
      Michael

      1. Thanks Michael, I’ll look forward to that! And I absolutely agree, studying all archery cultures of the world is so important to truly understand it, and after many years of study, I’ve kind of gravitated toward the Asian and Native American types as you have – though, and I feel embarassed saying this to an accomplished bowyer like yourself – I’m still hoping to actually finish my first one:) LOL I’ve experimented with various woods, made shafts, strings, etc., so I guess full completion is all that’s left. Here in North Dakota we have beautiful Green Ash, which is what the Sioux preferred as their first choice, and my plan is to make a similar “horse bow”. Okay, enough of my bending your ear – I better look at some more of your pages to see how this is done right:) Mitakuye oyasin (Sioux, “We are all related.”) Ryan

  3. Hi. I’m a bow maker in Canada. I don’t think there are many of us on this side of the border. I like making bows from little trees as they have more character. Board bows are ok too, but end up looking more commercial. Thanks for an interesting bow site. I will have to take the time and read it carefully. I’m not sure if you offer a magazine, or just online material. Well done.

    1. Hi Ryan, sorry for the late reply.
      Have you finished your first bow?
      Green ash is great, the Sioux knew the bow- woods.I´m always wondering how simple and so effective the Native Americans have done their bows.
      Mitakuye oyasin, I´ve been in South Dakota at Rosebud Reservation, I like the Plains and to visit the Natives
      Michael

      1. Hi Michael, sorry for my late reply, also. You’ve been to the Plains, cool! The Natives are wonderful people, absolutely, and fantastic archers. I’m sorry to say I haven’t finished a bow yet, in fact I need to scout some Ash again; I’ve been cutting small Chokecherry for spear shafts, indulging my “pre archery” paleolithic fascination for hunting with a hand thrown spear (LOL). You probaby already know, the Sioux liked this wood too, but it really is tough to find good staves. I did have a beautiful long Ash bole a while back, that I’d cut myself and it had probably dried in the bark for 10 years, but upon splitting, the whole thing was wind twisted, which may be more common for our trees in these constant high winds than I realized; the bark showed no sign of it, believe it or not. Live and learn, I guess:) I think I’ll stick with smaller trees, ‘probably safer. And as Eugene is saying, the small trees have character, and I do know that, from lots of practice saplings years ago (LOL). At least I finally gave my modern recurve and its aluminum arrows away to a friend, I thought this would be good motivation for me:) Thanks for always replying Michael, I love talking this stuff! Ryan

      2. Hi Ryan, maybe that´s a so- called flowery ash. If it is not twisted to much, give it a try, it is a great wood, heat- treat it.
        There is a member of the PALEOPLANET- forum( look at my links) who estimates flowery ash very high, recently he has done a Plains- style selfbow shooting a flightarrow about 250 yards, that´s a great. I´ve never had any chance to make a bow of choke- cherry, I know it´s highly estimated by the Plains Indians, Michael

  4. Hi Eugene, that´s it: bows from little trees, I love them. Sometimes I write articles for German magazines, but I guess I´ll never do that anymore. I like speed of information, networking, sharing……and my bow- classes.
    Keep in touch, go on making bows from little trees, Michael

  5. Thanks Michael:) Unfortunately I had that bole some years ago, long before I could conceive of heating wood for correction, or purposeful bends, such as in Hidatsa Sioux bows, so the local woodburners made use of it as fuel:( Flowery ash, interesting, I’ll have to check my tree book – I know my local woods well, but since this is the prairie my immediate area of course doesn’t have all of our native woods, for example Bur Oak is native here, but the nearest stuff I’ve “heard” of is about 100 miles away! LOL And I’ll definitely check out that link, wow, 250 yards – my Ben Pearson recurve (the one I gave away) only did about 150 flight shooting with its fiberglass backing. Oh definitely, Chokecherry is great stuff, if I ever find some rare straight staves, I’ll send you one, seriously; it’s really tough, really elastic, I’ve made prayer pipes, tools handles, etc., from it, and while you must “listen” to it more closely than other woods, in my opinion, the items made from it seem nearly indestructable. Well, I’ll let you get back to work:) Ryan

  6. Hi Michael,
    Happy New Year!
    Latest issue of Anthropological Archaeology has excellent article on arrow as symbol of self in Amazon tribe. Will send but have lost your email.
    James

    1. Hi James, great to heat from you! Happy New Year!
      My email has changed, it´s now: info@holzbogenxplosion.de

      I surfed for that article, do you mean the article about the Awa hunters? I got it online, but I´ll read it later, cause now my daughter wants me for a movie focused on a sea- turtle. Thanks a lot, great times
      Michael

  7. I’m impressed, I must say. Really hardly ever do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me let you know, you have hit the nail on the head. Your concept is outstanding; the issue is something that not enough persons are speaking intelligently about. I am very completely satisfied that I stumbled across this in my search for something referring to this.

  8. Michael; I am also of German decent but live in Montana USA. I am also consumed with the idea that self bows are the purest form of archery. I have been making them for over 20 years and plan to continue for another 20 God willing! There is something magic about retrieving the bow from a simple piece of wood. I never knew that wood and all its charm would end up being so enrapturing a challenge to create the simple bow and arrow. Would love to share some pictures with you if only I knew how to post them. I am new at this computer stuff. Your friend in primitive archery.

  9. Hi James, my family and me love to live here in the heights of the Black Forest, but there is one place we would prefer, that´s Montana. We had been there some years ago, beautiful! Open sky- country, we have spent some time around Billings and in the quite west of Montana. Where do you live in Montana?
    I would appreciate pics of your work, you could email them to me: info@holzbogenxplosion.de.
    Another 20 years of primitive archery, well then, Michael

    1. Mark, I love bowery, I love the plains, osage orange is a dense wood. But there are different kinds of osage: the more reddish it is, the harder to heat- treat, almost no impact, try steam- bending. The more yellow osage is a better candidate for heat- treating.
      Michael

  10. I have wrked only with Osage Orange. How do you feel about the application of heat to shape the bow limbs? As you know, Osage has this property and when carefully employed, can have excellent results. However, I recently ruined a beautiful self bow being overly aggressive with the application of heat. Your thoughts?

    1. Mark, it is not easy to ruin a stave by heat- treating. Recently I´ve heat- treated a rowan selfbow for about an hour. It was almost burning, but draw-weight rises at about 12lbs, that´s it.
      It is very important not to overstress the wood by trying to add a big amount of reflex, soft reflex or recurve could be done by heat- treating easily. Otherwise try steam- bending.
      It´s also important to leave the wood for 1- 2 days after heat- treating it. Hope that helps.
      Michael

  11. very nice to see the passion u have 4 tradional bow building,alas i’m not alone!! it consumes me,always thinking what wood?where can i get it,what combos should i use 4 backed bows.so far i have found 4 a heavy weight hunting bow elm backed ash r very nice or bamboo elm.have been trying to build these thing 4 about a year and a bit .have some good 1s but have broken many more,still i remain!!!

  12. Thanks for the response. I agree with your remarks about how being a traditionalist just happened. I think traditional Bowyers are born and not made. I released my first self arrow today with surprising results. True flight and deep penetration. I just finished the fletching last night, and attached a stainless point cut from a spoon. The shaft is oak which I trimmed from square staved with a jig I made.this takes it to a new level for me. Fantastic! Thanks for your blog. You have many supporters. I look forward to your continued comments and posts!
    Good to hear from you.
    Docmann (Mark)
    Western Oklahoma

  13. Hey Docmann, good to hear about your passion, everything selfmade, even the point from a spoon. That´s the way it goes, but a lot of people seem to have forgot their capablities and qualities.
    Actually I´ve prepared a lot of articles, next week I´ll begin to post them.
    Great 2012, Michael

    1. Michael,
      Wanted to update you on my arrow making. In addition to my work with bows, I’ve developed just as deep a passion for arrow making. It is dangerously addictive however, so proceed with caution. Michael, I’m sure you know what I mean!
      Nonetheless, I’ve developed a strong preference for Sitka Spruce. I plane all my shafts from scratch. I’ve recently been experimenting with tapered shafts. I still have a great deal to learn, but I’m enjoying the journey.
      I look forward to the challenge of 2-piece arrows, but for now I’ll continue to perfect my craft with the self arrow.
      Also, I’ve recently built my first take-down bow.
      Keep up the good work.
      You are correct, sir! A beautifully made wooden bow is truth. Nothing imitation, nothing to hide. Raw, clean, sleek power. It provides, protects, and teaches us. From it we learn the laws that govern the earth and sky. Jay Massey refused to address the compound bow in the same class. He referred to them as ” mechanized arrow launchers”. He was one of the original rebels you referred to. Too bad he had to die young.
      Keep building, keep posting, and please continue to teach-I continue to be your pupil!
      Mark (Docmann)

      1. Hi Mark, just have experienced a real arrow- massacre, read the post soon.I get the best flight- arrows of very fine grown larch.
        I tried to get some sitka- shafts, but nothing spined high enough. I can’ t even find a sitka dealer nearby.
        Where did you get your sitka from?
        Michael

      2. Michael,
        Here is where I buy my Sitka Spruce. They are located in Washington (state), USA.
        Very good company. Not terribly expensive.

        Northwest Specialty Woods Inc
        430 Keys Rd, Elma, WA 98541

        nswinc@techline.com

        Good luck!

        Mark

  14. Hallo Michael,

    Tolle Website! Endlich einmal etwas mehr als Brauchbares zum Bau einer Hornbogenarmbrust, das ist der Hammer!
    Mein Name ist Rafael ich bin Student aus München und ich arbeite sehr gerne Handwerklich. Ich habe mich an den Bau einer Hornbogenarmbrust gewagt. Ich habe mir bereits Wasserbüffelhörner gekauft, auch bei Highlandhorn bestellt und diese dann auch zugeschnitten. Momentan versuche ich die Streifen gerade zu Biegen und habe das durch Kochen und einzwingen versucht, was aber nur mäßig funktioniert hat. Leider wird dieser Arbeitsschritt auf deiner Homepage nicht gezeigt. Also wollte ich fragen, ob du mir verraten würdest wie man diese Dinger am besten gerade bekommt und vielleicht hättest du ja den ein oder anderen Tipp…

    Liebe Grüße,

    Rafael

    1. Für die Armbrust musst Du die Seitenwände der Hörner benutzen, die sind schon gerade( mehr oder weniger).
      Die gekrümmten Ober bzw. Unterteile der Hörner sind ideal für nach vorne gebogene( reflexe) Hornbogen wie sie Mongolen und Hunnen z. B. gebaut haben.
      Die Hornbogen- Armbrust wird nur leicht reflex durch den Auftrag des Sehnenbelages.
      Horn hat ein Gedächtnis, sagen die Bogenbauer, es geht immer in seine ursprünglich gewachsene Form zurück.
      Viel Glück beim Bau.
      Michael

  15. Danke, habe jetzt durch die Seitenwände die notwendige Stärke erreicht! Wie drastisch ist es wenn ein Streifen einen Riss hat? Und ich wollte über leichter hitze den Kern etwas reflexiv krümmen, ist davon abzuraten? Tillerst du Armbrustbögen auch und wenn ja, wie weit ziehst du sie aus, wenn sie noch keinen Sehnenbelag haben, ist die Zug-Belastung auf der Rückenseite nicht zu stark?

    1. Ich denke, daß ein Riss nichts macht, das ganze wird ja noch belegt und mit Sehne bzw. Rinde umwickelt. Nicht erhitzen, der Leim kann sich sonst lösen, der Sehnenbelag bringt den Reflex, der kann aber nur gering werden, Horn ist einfach zu stur.
      Michael

  16. Very well designed blog and fantastic content, look forward to your future posts. I myself am interested in traditional longbow archery and have a particular interest in making arrows. My aim for this year is to get back into longbow archery and hopefully produce a full set of medieval arrows by the end of the year after some practice with regular wooden arrows.

    All the best,
    YearoftheBow

  17. Hi,
    I love your blog. I discovered it over three years ago, and I was closely following your composite longbow project. Did you ever finish it? As far as I could find, you are the only one that has tried it on all of the intetwebs.

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