The bowstring is coming across some problems, and I might just end up using parachute cord itself, which will speed up the process quite a bit, allowing me to complete the project by the deadline.
The bow stave has started being made, and is fairly compliant on being made into a stave, following the grain on the bow is proving fairly easy, although, contrary to common belief, the bow stave itself is straight, and the bowstring is what causes the bow to bend, causing a snap of the bowstring when pulled back. The bow is said to ‘follow’ the sting when the bow keeps the curve when unstrung.
I’m filling in the place where I got my hickory stave from. It is a fairly reliable site, and has gotten me a good stave for carving into a bow. I will have to explain the process in another post, later on. It did come in a bow kit, which contains a bowstring, which I will use as a last resort.
I have run into some trouble fining the proper wood for my bow. The process it requires when one used dry wood is fairly lengthy, yet I might have to skip it due to the constraint on time, although there is a shorter option available. Due to this delay, I will have to make up for some for some of the time lost, by rushing the stave-making a bit.
The bowstring is facing a bit of an improvement. I have made a weaving board, with a few nails on a section of wood, and have started using that as a guideline, which is a lot easier that doing it by hand, in that you are guided, instead of making mistakes due to doubling back, not knowing if the path was right or not.
I have started planning out my bow. I have made a basic outline of what I want, and have gone to the store to get a plank of wood for a model, and I have started practicing how to weave the bowstring from the nylon cords in the parachute cord I have bought. Another process journal detaining this process will be written later.
There is some progress in the making of my bow. I have purchased the materials needed: Wood, tools, and some cord. I should be set for making the bow, unless I want to make a bowstring from scratch; then I should get some other thing to braid, because the cord I have is too thick for that.