Saturday, 24 August 2013

How to make a Bundle Bow

I thought I would have a go at making a Bundle Bow today using three lengths of Hazel, bound together using strips of Elm inner bark. The Idea being that out of the primitive weapons, the bow and arrow seem the easiest for me to hit the target with on a fairly regular (albeit on an amateur level)  amount and with some degree of impact potential. 

Making a bush bow from a sapling without an Axe would ruin the edge of a knife and be hard and time consuming work. A bundle bow however is a pleasant task, and achieves it would seem, a bow of similar performance.

I used one length measuring 6' long and around thumb thick, one at 4.5' and index finger thick and the smallest being 3' long and little finger thick, to see what the power would be like with only three poles and hoping it would be easier and quicker to make than lots.
I got the idea from a great site in the US called

I have tried in this case to use what I would have available in a typical woodland and one piece of para-cord

Cut to length the three hazel sticks and mark there centre points. 
Lay the 6' and 4.5' together at the centre points and lash together in the middle, ends and halfway between middle and end. That's five equally spaced locations.

Then Lash on the 3' stick using five more lashing points in the same way but this time going around all three sticks. This two stage lashing, binds the sticks more thoroughly. 

All done, and string made using 4 strands of inner para-cord, simply twisted together using a two ply cordage method.(One pair for each strand) Basic nocks just carved into the 6' stick ends.
Fixed loop made at one string end and then find the correct place for locking off with a few hitches on the other. The distance I used between the string and bow handle was One fist and thumb outstretched.

The whipping knot used on the Elm bark lashings.

Use the same knot to whip on two strands of inner para-cord for the short section that the arrow clips onto the string. Helps when drawing to keep it in place and with abrasion over time.

Then get on that range!

Mine is only pulling around 27lb but feels good and sturdy and might just do the job if hunting in a survival situation. The bow seems to be shooting consistently and "feels right" so far. 
Just need to train the operator some more and make some more primitive arrows!