How to make an Authentic English Longbow: Continued

Here I am drawing out the next step in the process from where we left off with the yew stave when it cracked. This time vine maple, but it looks like the woo…

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23 Responses to “How to make an Authentic English Longbow: Continued”

  1. 1thepaperman
    October 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    man, you were so close oh well if your not able to make an English longbow
    that’s okay i liked to watch the series anyways

  2. BoarriorBows .
    October 2, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Bow Grip 100, but I’d actually recommend “Smooth On” epoxy from 3 rivers archery. Bow grip has mixed reviews (although its been pretty good to me), but I actually prefer Titebond 2 or 3 on most Bamboo to wood applications. I just had the epoxy and wanted to use it with the purpleheart, but I would have used Smooth On first if I had some.

  3. Kellen Phelps
    October 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    Mike what kind of epoxy did you use on the Purple heart and bamboo

  4. BoarriorBows .
    October 2, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    Thanks for the tip. Actually I decided that I am going to make a different style of bow that will accommodate for the horizontal bow killing knots in this piece of wood. On the other hand, the bow is going to be a bend through the handle bow with this piece of wood after all, so I may show that in a video coming up.

  5. NoVAPunkLover
    October 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    i would be careful with the 8/5 ratio, since the stave has a high crown. If the bow is completely round in cross section there can be problems as far as side-to side bending goes. Also, if this is an english longbow, why are you making a riser/stiff handle for it? A bendy handle would be more appropriate if your going authentic.

  6. jez walsh
    October 2, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    hmm. that knot does make the build tricky. how about scraping the idea of a ELB and make it into a molle? that way the first 13″ are working limb and the knot can be a static tip. just a suggestion. keep up the good work

  7. BoarriorBows .
    October 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Um… who? where?

    Lots of bamboo and purpleheart bows on the way :)

  8. fknerosion
    October 2, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Have you been secretly using a lotbof purple heart lately? I see like half a dozen beautiful pieces back there.

  9. blackarrow2220
    October 2, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    thank you

  10. BoarriorBows .
    October 2, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Thanks so much for asking :) .

    I am posting all my extra bows on RasherQuivers website, but I admit that I don’t post too many. I do make bows customs for people on occasion, but I am at a bit of a crossroads in doing that right now. I’ll send you a PM with some extra details.

  11. blackarrow2220
    October 2, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    How much will you sell one of ur bows I love archery and ill love to add one of ur bows to my collection of bows

  12. jessi plush
    October 2, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Really cool . Glad you touched on the wood becoming what it wants to become :) anoth 2 woods that make a good elb are tennessee red cedar and hickory . . And actually i think there were both full compass longbows and non full compass or working limb longbows . The mary rose war bow was full compass to utilize all the italian yew in the stave to make them stronger . (To penitrate armor)

  13. BoarriorBows .
    October 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    I get mine from a flooring supply company called Peterman’s lumber. The have it up to 15ft long. Huge pieces. All my bamboo is dried and unplaned at 2.0″. I plane the bamboo and then trace the edges onto the purpleheart and use a tablesaw to cut out the piece.

  14. BoarriorBows .
    October 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    I used to get mine from Rudderbows archery. Now I would just order from 3 rivers (probably getting them from Rudderbows anyway). You can go to a mill if you have one that carries sapwood hickory. Get it cut quarter sawn so the growth rings are running right.

  15. BoarriorBows .
    October 2, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    Thanks very much :)

  16. BoarriorBows .
    October 2, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    Depends. Doesn’t need it if you have reduced to a single growth ring. If you have violated several growth rings and don’t think this can be resolved, then yes back the Osage.

  17. BoarriorBows .
    October 2, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    You are correct. I am only mapping stuff out with the measurements and will end up with a D-curve (Bend through the handle) bow. There is still a “riser” as in “a place to put your hand” which will have the least bend in the bow.

  18. Cody Barnard
    October 3, 2013 at 12:28 am #

    Please correct me if I’m wrong. I read, or at least thought I read that authentic ELBs don’t have risers. They are supposed to bend through the handle.

  19. flamefinger1989
    October 3, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    nice stave mike! if those knots give you problems you could always drill out the crappy wood and glue in a plug. good luck mike im looking forward to seeing this one.

  20. jackrox1231
    October 3, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    Would you recommend a backing on a Osage longbow?

  21. Easton Hendrickson
    October 3, 2013 at 1:47 am #

    Ugh. Could you please speed up the proccess I am needing your vids. What are we doing after the English longbow? I am thinking a short west coast bow with tied on tips.

  22. Dustypilgrim1
    October 3, 2013 at 2:00 am #

    Good look on this one…

    Will watch with interest and supportive wishes.

  23. pastorjosh44
    October 3, 2013 at 2:41 am #

    Looking forward to seeing you glue on a backing. When you back with hickory, do you buy that from a 3rivers store or can you just go to a saw mill and have them cut you some strips (for 1/4 of the cost)?

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