Learn how to choose a tree/sapling that will make a good bow stave (and arrow shafts)
Learn how to cut, split, carve, & shape a hunting bow from a green tree
Learn how to make a Flemish Twist Bow String from Rawhide and other modern materials
How to Fletch Arrows using Feathers & the 2-Fletch Method
How to NOCK your arrows
How to make your own broadheads using metal nails and other found objects [VERY COOL]
Learn how to shoot your survival bow in the field
- Welcome from Dave Mead
- Arrow Shafts 101
- Your Guide to Fletching
- The Bow String [BONUS: How to Make a RAWHIDE Bow string]
- Making the Bow (from a green natural stave)
- Shooting Technique in the Field FREE PREVIEW
- Nocks, Fletching, & Improvised Broadheads
- BONUS: 10-minute Bamboo Bush Bow [YOU WON'T BELEIVE THIS]
- Final Thoughts & Next Steps
Because this is a "Survival Bow & Arrow", the materials and tools needed are very minimal.
This list is basically acquired from what you have around you already meaning you should not have to purchase any of it. The option is yours to go shopping at the store or your yard/garage!
- Strong string/cordage for bowstring paracord, bankline, etc
- One large feather or a couple small feathers for arrows
- 3-inch diameter hardwood sapling tree or similar for bow (we will cover sourcing this in great detail).
- Small shoots, sticks, branches, cane, reed, bamboo for arrow shafts (we will cover sourcing these in great detail).
Knife at minimum, but you are encouraged to use whatever you have.
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.