Did you know that you can build a great bow from a maple board that you can pick up at your local hardware store? Building a board bow is a great way to start building bows without sinking a lot of money into an osage stave. The number one question I get through my website is “where can I buy an osage stave?” If you’re just getting into bow building, you don’t need the stress of worrying about messing up an expensive stave. You need to enjoy the process, make mistakes, and learn form them. This video series will take you step by step how to build a board bow with easily accessible and affordable materials.
I make most of my bows from osage staves but I was very impressed with the durability and performance from this 70 inch maple board bow. After shooting it in it has no string follow at all after it’s allowed to sit unstrung for a while. To accomplish this, I tied to bow into a jig before applying the rawhide backing. These long bows are easy to make with minimal tools. All you need is a small block plane, and a rasp. A draw knife will speed the job up but it’s not necessary. Because you’re unable to follow a ring on a board, you’ll need to back it with something. I’ve seen these bows backed with fiberglass tape which will work great and is pretty cheap. I used rawhide which also works well and looks nice on the bow’s back. You can make your own rawhide or get it from my website here.