lessons in bow making

Lessons in bow making

Creating a bow and its arrows from wood only found on our property is my challenge. yes, this first bow failed, the second one…ah! a beauty. The arrows I’m making from Spicebush shoots gathered this past winter, couldn’t find much dogwood straight enough, but the spicebush seems to be making great arrow shafts, though I’ve never heard of anyone using it as an arrow making material.It seems hard and polishes up very nice when ran through a smooth sizing hole drilled in Osage Orange.  trying some sumac as well. we’ll see!

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2 responses

  1. Lauretta

    The first bow did not fail. It was a teacher! You learned a lot! Don’t believe me? Look at your second bow! 🙂

    July 20, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    • hi Lauretta,
      thanks for leaving a comment!
      the bow making was a good teacher, but then, “failure” in my opinion is not a “bad” word.
      it was failure that really sunk the learning experience home. success and failure can both be teachers, but its how we respond to failure that gets the deepest lesson planted.
      I hate failure! I hate the feeling of failure!…but failure is the better teacher.
      and you are right!
      the next 3 bows were helped by the mistakes of the first and second attempt.

      July 20, 2011 at 11:39 pm

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