Archaeological evidence suggests that people used bows and arrows nearly 13,000 years ago, perhaps longer. These weapons are simple and efficient. And they have roles both defensive and for hunting.
Today firearms have largely replaced bows. However many people still enjoy bow sports. And building your own simple bow has never been easier. The Backyard Bowyer has a great video on constructing a bow out of a PVC pipe. By the way, “bowyer” is the technical term for a bow-maker.
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Craft Your Own PVC Bow
First purchase a length of PVC pipe. The Bowyer chose a bright yellow.
Next construct a simple wooden press jig and a foil-wrapped through. Place the pipe in the though. Then use a heat gun to soften it.
Next use the press to flatten out the ends.
The video shows you how to mold the center handle using heat. Now the bow is taking shape.
Next use a rasp to create notches at both ends for the string. The bowyer uses paracord for testing the tension. Lastly he makes a custom leather handle.
And that’s all there is to it. The homemade bow is ready to shoot.
While it may not have the power or versatility of a firearm a bow is still a potent weapon. And, unlike a rifle, a bow is relatively silent. That gives the user a tactical advantage.
Follow these easy steps and build a bow of your own. This is something just about anyone could do in an afternoon. And it strikes me as a fun project for young people. Use this method to pass on a little history. You can be a modern, PVC William Tell.
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.