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Offline Afgos

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Bundle bow pros and cons
« on: May 14, 2019, 12:24:53 PM »
Hi guys would a bundle bow made from bamboo be a good starting point for making a first bow? Or should I rather go with a board bow? I want to use this bow for hunting small game and bowfishing. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Bundle bow pros and cons
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2019, 03:15:26 PM »
If you have a good forest full of trees go there and identify the species that are likely candidates for bow building,  if so why bother with a bundle bow , seriously.
I would be more inclined to build something that will be around for a while and give you some experience in building a real bow, self bow or board bow.  I started building laminate bows from the getgo.

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Re: Bundle bow pros and cons
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2019, 03:43:00 PM »
Bundle bows are just fine as first bows.  Select a 6 or 8 'long internode' bamboo culms about 5 ft long and as big around as your index finger as a base to build on. 
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Re: Bundle bow pros and cons
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2019, 01:28:15 AM »
Thanks. I intend to build board bows one day but thought this would be a good start. What draw weight can you get from a bundle bow?

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Re: Bundle bow pros and cons
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2019, 09:32:34 AM »
Seems like a novelty thing. Like a PVC Bow. Not saying they aren't useful, just disposable. You can make a lumber Bow with one or two hand tools. If your goal is to make a Bow, why not craft one?

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Re: Bundle bow pros and cons
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2019, 01:11:51 PM »
I might just do that. Are there any good plans for a board bow here? What tools would I need to make one? Thanks.

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Re: Bundle bow pros and cons
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2019, 09:29:39 AM »
There is a thread, "getting into self bows", that has many different answers to your question.
Not including sandpaper, I think you could get by with a coarse wood rasp and a cabinet scraper. Of course you would not want to start out with a large piece of lumber and turn most of it into sawdust.
1"X2"X72" would be a good starting point.

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Re: Bundle bow pros and cons
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2019, 12:17:25 PM »
Check out George Tsoukalas' site http://traditionalarchery101.com/archer.html

And poorfolkbows website. 

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Re: Bundle bow pros and cons
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2019, 01:31:23 AM »
Thanks for the info guys.

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Re: Bundle bow pros and cons
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2019, 06:56:01 AM »
Here is a link on how to build a board bow.

http://www.tradgang.com/tgsmf/index.php?topic=108949.0

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Re: Bundle bow pros and cons
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2019, 09:53:09 PM »
That link Roy put up is a good one, as simple and concise as they get. You would have to try hard to fail following that build along

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Re: Bundle bow pros and cons
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2019, 01:30:11 AM »
That build along looks good. Thanks. It'll help a lot.

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Re: Bundle bow pros and cons
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2019, 05:52:23 AM »
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