Making a Bow– An Effective Expedient Weapon

I make bows. I have the books listed at the end of the article on the original post (there are three of them actually).

I’ll make a couple of notes here….

One specifically about the lack of natural glues.  Native Americans used animal and fish glues to back their bows, usually with rawhide strips or sinew.  This strengthened the bow back (the back, is the part that faces away from you, and the bow bends away from that side toward you, thus needs to be stronger).

A few ideas… to help would-be survivalists caught in a bad situation…. you will need something to boil water, you’ll need to use small pieces of hide (say you get some squirrels, rabbits, or something) and the skins and even bones from the creatures.  I’ll give you a couple of links.

Hide glue, or as we refer to it in modern times, Hot Hide Glue has been used for centuries all around the world.  As I mentioned, Native America Indians used it to make their bows stronger.  Mongolian composite bows used hide glue, along with bamboo and horn to make rather wicked weapons, both long and short bows.  Hide glue can hold the feathers on on your arrows for fletching.  I’d suggest something like pine resin mixed with a bit of carbon for the arrow heads, after using a sinew or string to hold the points in place though.  You want that arrow head to hold tight even in impact.