How to make a bow and arrows with your own hands
Recently, many began to get involvedhistorical reconstruction. Anyone who is not alien to medieval romance, at least sometimes dreamed to visit the place of the knight in sparkling armor. It's no wonder that some of them got excited about the idea of putting it into practice. The first option is to do it yourself. It is inexpensive, interesting, but requires some skills in working with materials. And if there is no possibility and skills for forging metal products, then it is worth starting with the manufacture of wooden, namely, onions.
Before you make a bow and arrow, it is worthdetermine its type and, consequently, its structure. Here, again, it all depends on the skills of working with the tree. If you do not know how to make a bow, then it's worth starting with the simplest - direct Mongolian.
The main difficulty in choosing is the selectionsuitable wood. It should be flexible, so that the bow does not crack when pulled, but at the same time stiff enough to provide the force of the shot. The experience of those who have thought for many centuries about how to make bow and arrows suggests that the optimal choice is white acacia, ash, hazel or other wood with straight layers of wood and no knots. In addition, you will need a string for the bowstring, thin enough, but not stretchable.
The base of the bow is a straight piece of wood, flat ora little oval, thinning to the ends, but thicker on the handle. In this case, it is recommended that the latter be slightly displaced away from the center. The length of the bow should be approximately equal to the range of the user's hands, and the thickness is chosen based on the tension force. The workpiece should be leveled and sanded.
To fix it, make small notcheson the ends of the bow. After that, one of them is attached to the bowstring (it is best to wrap the end of the rope around the base several times). Then it is thrown over the other end and stretched. In this, the main thing is to find the "golden mean" at which the bow gets enough tension, but does not crack when shooting. The bowstring is fastened to several knots, which will provide a strong fastening and at the same time allow adjustment.
The thickening on the base, which will become the hilt, can be made more rough so that the bow does not slip out of the hands. In addition, on the side on it you can pierce the notch for the boom.
They will be made of the same material asthe onion itself. Their thickness is six to ten millimeters. The main thing is to make the arrow smooth and straight. Its length should be five to seven centimeters more than the hand. On one side a tip is attached to it. It is best to make it out of plastic or metal, but you can also use foam rubber, wrapped in electrical tape (this should be determined before you make a bow and arrow). On the other end, you need to cut the bowstring one and a half times thicker. To stabilize the flight it is desirable to make feathers from thin sheets of strong plastic, paper or cut along bird feathers. Any material must be given a similar shape to the last. After that, it is attached to the arrow with threads. It is necessary to take three "feathers" and evenly place them in three centimeters from the rear end of the boom.
If everything turned out right, then the onion should runarrow over a wide arc over sufficiently large distances. If you want exotics, you can make it foldable or specially curved. It will be similar to how to make a bow and arrows by the usual method, just a little more complicated. Of course, some skills will also be required. And if you just got a desire to shoot, it's easier to get a sports bow, you can buy it in any sports goods store.