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Old 03-17-2009, 08:31 AM
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One of my favorite things to do is go out in the woods. I am all for being prepared and as a result I have read my share of survival books. Every one of them has had a chapter on making an emergency bow. Although they are well written they are all geared to surviving in environments either out west or up north. They recommend using trees that are not in Florida. I am wondering if anyone here knows of a good Florida tree to make a bow stave from. There must be one because the Timacuan people thrived in the areas I hike and I've found the arrow heads to prove it. Thank you for any and all help.
Old 03-17-2009, 08:40 PM
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Hickory is a good place to start, A friend and I are making some now in our free time, I have some extra staves allready split out Would you like one to try?
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Also Juniper is good.

Daywalker, I shot a Hickory bow for a long time, I love along bow, seems more natural.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:21 PM
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Yea Ive shot ceader before, and hickory. Im not a very good boyer Yet. But I can always make something to shoot with, Here are some pics of my hunting bow made by a friend, Made of Osage.
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I'm no stranger to traditional archery, but I've only just taken to making bows. I've been getting things set up for my own first project, a birch recurve selfbow, the last couple days.

Anyways, this is what jumped to mind when I read your post, The Bundle Bow. This site has a lot of great information, lots to read and try.

Some other online resources.
http://www.primitiveways.com/sapling_bow.html
http://www.tardis.ed.ac.uk/~ajcd/arc...html#section-8

Good luck and have fun with your project, hope the art of the bowyer treats us both kindly.
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I lived with the natives in Miami Dade county what I learn would not really help because the tribe travel north and traded with other natives at Pow-Wows. Bufflo-tiger who was head tribal leader for the 1970s though the 1990s If the person was a Good trader he would have five to seven long pieces of wood from both hard woods ( life Oak ) and the soft pines (key largo Southern Pine) with Mangrove tree ties to bend together and any type of Pine tar to clue the pieces but wood was very hard to find in the Everglades if wood was to have around as tools or part of tools the most wanted was a long straight 8 ft drawing pole for the boat ( but some of the elders back then had one bended end to hold on for then fighting with a Gators and/or pulling someone out of the water) and a 8 to 12 inch bladed knife. Oh the knife was an very old WHITE MAN Iron file (Dated1889) that was retooled into be a knife.
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bow drill for fire... can be used for hunting as well... I just take several freshly cut sapplings and tie them together and use that for the bow works ok for a few days..
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great advice guys.
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Heres a small list of decent trees, oaks, maples, birch, willow, cedar, hickory, osage, and yew. but It might be hard to find one of these in your woods. I have a 48" maple short i made about 2 weeks ago from a 2" thick stave and its about 18lbs draw.
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can't you got to lowes r home depot and buy lumber to make one them laminate it?
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I thought he was looking for a survival bow. Lamenating would be near impossibe especially if already hungry. The bundle bow, listed above is a good idea as is a double bow.http://books.google.com/books?id=SKt...m=10#PPA153,M1
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there is a guy at bowstickarchery.com that makes bows u finsh for under a 100$ it might be great part of ur survival gear got rifle and side arm but this qiut and good for ground based birds like turkey he makes em so ya can backem with bambo that he also sells the ya sellem up after like 4 to 50 months of drying they are dryed the in a heat box but they need a little drying and it's last ya more that a couple days. with the use of a yukon
pack ya can 60 70 lbs on the back what does a bow and arrows wiegh
even has arrow making stuff there and spotted eagle has great book on how to make ur on if ya look it up it's under 15$ sorry for rambling on don't yell at me but thats some the plans i got.
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i see the spell hey it's 5:40 am i'm at work lol
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There are many woods that are good bow makers, The Cypress makes a good bow, just stay away from having knots, The Florida Oak makes an excellent Bow, Tha black Olive trees make good bows also, although they are hard to carve when they are dried out.
Down in Lower South Fla you have bamboo also, if you are down here , let me know we can meet and I'll show you the ones I make. PM me.
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Has anyone tried making one from large camphor trees? Seem like a good hardwood to make a prim bow out of. Staves also grow large and straight. I am going to give it a try in a few weeks. I have one drying now.
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Has anyone tried making one from large camphor trees? Seem like a good hardwood to make a prim bow out of. Staves also grow large and straight. I am going to give it a try in a few weeks. I have one drying now.
I never have but When you do let me know how it came out, at least it will be a good smelling bow,LOL
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I never have but When you do let me know how it came out, at least it will be a good smelling bow,LOL
Just about to ready to start the tillering next weekend Ill let you know. It will also keep bugs away LOL
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you can take young trees bind them together and make a simple easy to make bow... not as good as a hand made mutli layer bow but works..
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In my opinion the wood for the bow, in a survival situation anyway is not nearly as important as making an effective arrow.
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