Materials you will need.
- 2 Branches one 5-6 ft tall the other about 1-2 feet in length to make the arrow
- Hemp string
- Feathers (otherwise you can use 100 lb paper or plastic)
- Sharp knife (for whittling)
- Flint stone, metal
- Dead sticks about one and one half feet in length for arrows
- Feathers for fletching
Selecting the woodIdeally, choose a piece of dead wood. Some choices you can consider are, dead hardwood-oak, hickory, yew, black locust, teak, ash, elm, and hazel, depending on their availability. Keep in mind that this bow and arrow has to be built as tall as the user in order to give the best results. Once assembled, this Bow & Arrow can shoot as far as 300 yards (275) meters. Make sure that whichever wood you use is easily bendable and at least an inch in diameter and 5 to 6 feet in length for the bow. The branch for the arrows should be half an inch in diameter and about 1 to 2 feet in length. (for a 5′8″ person, longer if you are taller).
Notching the bowUse your knife to cut two notches. These notches should be placed about 1-2 inches from each end of the bow. The notches should be in the shape of a half moon on the outside of the bow’s curve They should go about half way into the bow, and should be about half an inch from each end of the bow. The notches must be on the side of the bow opposite the inside of the natural curve of the branch. It will help if they are at as much of a right angle as possible. The purpose of the notches is to hold the bowstring in place when it is in use. Before attaching any string, whittle these branches. Lots of bows do not last very long because the wrong whittling technique was employed by the maker. This is where you have to really take your time and whittle properly. The bow has to be strong in the middle so you may have to shave a little off both the inside and the outside of the bow. When you are done, the center will be flanked by 2 thinner more flexible parts of the branches.
Making your arrowsNext, follow the same basic steps to make your arrows except do not place notches on the ends. You may even want to lightly sand them so that they fly more aerodynamically. The only place you want to cut a notch is at the end of the arrow, (make a nice nook.) This will be where the string will sit while you are pulling it through the bow. Without that, you will have a hard time shooting the arrow.
Now you need to attach the string to the bow. First cut a piece of string that is about three fourths of the length of the bow. It can’t be overstressed enough that the string must be smaller than the bow. This will give the bow more power. Therefore, the shorter the string the stronger and the faster the bow will fly arrows. With that said, make sure you have enough hemp to string the bow. Tie loops at each end of the string that are big enough to fit around the notch that you made in the last step. Take the loops that you just tied and put them around the notches on each end of the stick. Easier said than done however, if you hold the bow with your foot while applying pressure for leverage you will see how easily the loops fit.
Take the cardboard papers and cut them into elongated triangles. The legs (bottom) should be approximately 1.25 inches by 1-3/4 inches. Once you have about 6 of them cut out (for 2 arrows) glue them about .25 inches from the bottom of the arrow. Keep in mind you should keep them evenly spaced from each other. What we are looking for is balance, accuracy, and a nice spin when the arrow is released.
If this seems like too much work, you can always buy a bow and arrow.
* After catching a fine game with your bow and arrow, your problem now is how you’re going to cook it. Don’t worry, there’s a way how you can make your own solar furnace. If that’s too complicated for you, you can just opt for wood stove installation in your home.