Bows can be made from a plethora of woods, such as hickory, locust, osage orange, oak, ash, elm, ironwood, and more. The type of wood is not as important as the design, making sure the maker takes into account the properties of the wood being used.
When most people think of wood, they think of "lumber" that has been sawn into planks to be used for construction. When making bows the wood must be treated very differently, making sure to never cut across the grain, and following the grain for the whole length of the bow. Those unbroken fibers allow the wood to stretch without breaking, and return to its shape when unstrung.
There are many variations, but bows generally break down into two categories. D-bows and reflex deflex bows. D-bows have a single curve along their length, and are the simplest kind of bow there is. Reflex bows the tips are bent forward to give extra speed and performance. One is not necessarily better than another.
If you're interested in a bow, you'll need to know what its purpose will be. Is it a target bow? Hunting? Do you want a historical reproduction or a more contemporary design? By talking with me and exploring options, we can find a bow that is just right for you!
The cost of your bow depends on the materials, style, and time that goes into making it the best for you. On average my bows cost 500 to 800 dollars. I have to harvest the wood, dry the wood, inspect for quality and keep it clean and dry until it can be worked on, then the actual build process. On average it takes about 4 to 5 weeks for me to make a bow, but most of that time is finishing, tillering and shooting the bow to ensure there are no problems or flaws before it ships to you. ****There are discounts for citizens of federally recognized tribes
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