Friday, November 18, 2005

How to make a flemish bowstring

Have you ever wondered how people make flemish twist strings for bows? I started making bows in May of 2004, and at first I always had to order bow strings from other people. I found a guy on ebay who would make them for $5. But I really wanted to learn how to make them myself. I read about a dozen tutorials on the internet and still couldn't get a clear understanding of it. Finally, I just decided to try it, even though it wasn't entirely clear to me. Once I tried it, it all started to make more sense. It seems completely easy to me now, and I wonder how it could've ever seemed so complicated.

Having had such a difficult time finding a tutorial that was idiot-proof, I decided recently to make a tutorial of my own. I wanted to make a tutorial that I wish I could've found when I was trying to learn how to make Flemish strings.

If you find yourself wanting to make a Flemish bowstring, check out my tutorial. I'd like to know if you find it easy to understand.

And don't forget that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire comes out today. Wahoo! I hope to see it tomorrow.

10 Comments:

At 11/18/2005 2:19 PM , Blogger daleliop said...

Yeah I want to see it too! Hmm... might be kinda crowded though.

 
At 11/18/2005 3:34 PM , Blogger ephphatha said...

Yeah. I may see a matinee tomorrow. Or, if I can stand it no longer, I'll see a really late one tonight. They've got one starting at 12:00 tonight.

 
At 11/20/2005 11:08 PM , Blogger daleliop said...

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At 11/20/2005 11:09 PM , Blogger daleliop said...

Oh, if you're interested, I just posted the solution to the riddle in the Conversations #15 comments section.

 
At 11/21/2005 9:27 AM , Blogger Jeff said...

As a kid I made a few bow-strings. (bows and arrows too). They were only kid-quality, but my goal was to build them only from natural resources using nothing beyond a pocket knife.

The bowstrings were weaved from very thin strands of inner bark from saplings. Large and crude, but they worked.

 
At 11/21/2005 9:44 AM , Blogger ephphatha said...

That's cool, Jeff. When I was little, my dad gave me a book called Bushcraft that showed how to make cords and ropes out of natural materials. I was total absorbed in it. I never made any string out of inner bark, though.

 
At 11/21/2005 1:37 PM , Blogger Jeff said...

I owned Bushcraft!!!!!!
I have gone back and looked for it, but it's out of print now. Man, I dog-eared that thing. I learned how to make shelter, hunt food...even practiced and caught birds in the snares just like the book taught.
I REALLY want a copy of that book for my boys.

 
At 11/21/2005 10:42 PM , Blogger ephphatha said...

That's awesome, Jeff! That book is definitely a rare find. Mine is a paper back, and the cover has worn off. You can sometimes find copies of it here. I loved that book when I was a kid, and I even made traps and stuff when I went camping. Recently, I made a tiny little mouse trap with a miniature bow I made. I wish I could get a place in the sticks, because I'd be out in the woods all the time if I could. I never outgrew it.

 
At 11/22/2005 1:36 AM , Blogger ephphatha said...

Jeff, here is one for $6.

 
At 11/22/2005 9:54 AM , Blogger Jeff said...

Thanks a ton Sam. I just bought it.

 

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