Yes, correct, the guy also makes bows for hunting or sports. Yet not out of boredom, but because tilling is the best way to learn about the toughness of wood.
This way, I can translate the knowledge of making an efficiently durable bow to the production of other wooden weapons. Or just give the Makiwara some thought. What would such a striking board be
without the right tapering, making the bending possible? In the meantime, bow construction enthrals me so much that I have equipped my workshop with a large tillering tree and a shooting gallery
and would now like to slowly include the first archery articles in the shop. With regard to bow construction, I also have a great ambitious target. In the future, I would like to be able to offer
my customers typical Japanese bows, too, the so-called yumi.
It is very complicated to make them so I would first like to bring my bow making skills to perfection.
What distinguishes me from others in this fast-growing scene is that I primarily rely on vegetable raw materials. I do without backings from skin and do not twist the bowstring from hair or animal tendons. Here, I use linen or hemp instead. In principle. Many types of wood are suitable for the bow; the right design and the tiller are more important. As I like to make bows from planks with vertical grains, I prefer long-stranded wood such as ash, hickory and robinia.
What would a bow be without arrows? In this case, I work closely with an artist blacksmith friend of mine, with whose help, hand-forged tips and fire arrows will soon also be available. One of the next projects for the turning lathe is sure to be the whistle arrow.
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