Many primitive and ancient cultures backed their wooden bows to add durability and performance. Different materials were used including sinew, snakeskin, and rawhide. In this course, Bowyer Dave Mead, will teach you how to back your own wooden bow using common, inexpensive, and natural materials. He'll also show you how to make your own natural HIDE GLUE using Gelatine Packets. Did you know that Gelatin is actually boiling animal hides in powdered form? Hide glue is what many primitive cultures would have used to back their own bows.
- Welcome & a few important notes.
- STEP 1: Preparing Your Bow
- STEP 2: Preparing Materials & Backing Your Bow
- STEP 3: Finishing & Detailing
- Testing, Next Steps, & Final Thoughts
- Knox gelatin 4 packets = 1 small box at grocery store/Walmart $1.50
- Heavy Duty Canvas Drop Cloth 6x9 for $9.99 at Walmart (any size will do but get heavy duty) all can be found on Amazon as well
- pot or warmer/double boiler
Dave Mead is the founder of Mead Longbows, a renowned bowyer, author and illustrator. Dave has been teaching how to build beautiful high-performance bows for many years. His work has been featured in countless on and off-line publications including Primitive Archer Magazine and American Survival Guide Magazine.