Takedown Recurve Bow

     I decided to make a bow one night while watching ‘Arrow’.

     Below, are some photos of how the bow was constructed. I began with three pieces of 3′ x 2″ x 3″ hardwood (two pieces of red oak and one piece of maple). I then researched about a million different risers for recurve bows and synthesized a personal one for myself. I used a bandsaw to block out my design and a wood rasp to more thoroughly shape the riser. Then, after sanding the entire thing, I got really excited and cut the arrow notch… on the wrong side. Thankfully, I saved all of my scraps and was able to cut a wedged to fit in the newly formed arrow notch. I glued it in placed and used wood filler  on the seams. I ended up using some 191cm cross country skis that I bought for $40.00 and cut them down to 28″ leaves for the bow.

          After securing the leaves on the bow I decided to string it and make sure that I was able to fire. Unfortunately I stung it too tight and stripped off the laminate on one of the skis. So I loosened my bow knots and sanded the skis for painting.

Above are a few more photos of the finished bow and [HERE] is a video of me shooting the finished product. Below, are a few photos of the target I built for my bow. I built the target completely out of recycled materials I found in the dumpster on ATLAS’ loading dock. I used MDF to build the frame that holds the padding. For stopping power I used old 3M air filters and some extra insulation foam cut into four 2′ x 2′ squares.

Also, here is a video of Danny shooting my bow on the loading dock.


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