This Guy Can Make A Bow & Arrow From Scratch Using Nothing But Stone Tools… – Eco Snippets

This Guy Can Make A Bow & Arrow From Scratch Using Nothing But Stone Tools…

This Guy Can Make A Bow And Arrow From Scratch Using Stone Tools...

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This guy can make a bow & arrow from scratch using nothing but primitive stone tools…

Here’s an explanation of how he did it…

I made this bow and arrow using only primitive tools and materials.The bow is 1.25 m (55 inches) long and shoots 60 cm (2 feet) long arrows. I don’t know the draw weight – safe to say greater than 15 kg (35 pounds) perhaps? The stave was made from a tree that was cut with a stone axe and split in half with a stone chisel.

I don’t know it’s name but it’s common here and is the same wood I use for axe handles. One half was used for the bow and was cut to a length of 1.25 m (50 inches). The limbs of the bow were carved with various stone blades so that the limbs tapered in width, and to a lesser extent depth, towards the tips. The middle of the bow was narrowed in width to form a handle about 12.5 cm (5 inches) long.

The string was made from the inner bark of a fibrous tree. It was separated into thin strips and left to dry. Then it was twisted into cordage.

Arrows were made of the same wood as the bow and were 60 cm (2 feet) long. A notch was carved into the back to accept the bow string. They were fletched with bush turkey feathers picked up from the ground (no turkeys were harmed in the making of this video). A feather was split in half and cut into 3 lengths then resin and bark fiber attached the fletching on to the arrows. The tip of the arrow was fire hardened and sharpened to a point. The fletching was trimmed using a hot coal. Each arrow took about an hour to make. A quiver was made of bark to hold the arrows.

I cleared a shooting range with a semi rotten log as a target. At 10 meters the accuracy was better than 50 % for this narrow target and the arrows stuck into the wood enough so that they were difficult to pull out. The bow was durable, shooting about 200-300 times with the string breaking only 3 times. I made a back up string and repaired them by splicing the ends back together.

In conclusion this was an easy bow to make. The short design makes it easy to find a straight piece of wood for the stave. A short string is also easy to make and short arrow shafts are easy to find. Short bows shoot fast and are easy to carry in thick forest. The dimensions of the bow were based on those given in the SAS Survival Handbook by john Lofty Wiseman. but instead of carving it from a stave from the start, I split the stave and then carved it. I think this requires less time, effort and skill. It also gives a flat bow design that’s unlikely to break. It does require wood that doesn’t twist much when split though…

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Can he make an apple pie?

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    Watched this on YouTube yesterday and was gonna link you!!! I forgot to
    how amazing is this guy.. Was gonna link you to one of the hut ones too, show us what sort of quality to be aiming for hahah wish it was the tropics here

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Dan Varrenne–perhaps this could be your next project!

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    I’ll think about it.

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I am doing a course in May, making my own longbow!

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Trevor Filmer, Leigh Klaver, – not quite as beautiful as your kit, but still impressive! ??????????

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thought of you Leo H. Downey 🙂

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you would have to learn how to nap the tools first so you could then make the bow and arrows

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    Yeah man. This is sweet. Guy has patience and skill!

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well, that would come in handy! (dripping sarcasm intended).

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So what!.As a kid my friends and I made great bows and arrows without any tools ….

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So could a million+ native americans.

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    And the vikings and the Lappish en the rest .

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Wow. Made one from cherry wood. The first arrow my 14 yr old, grandson shot, we never found.

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    I’m a tomboy kind of grandma.

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David Ryan Moldenhauer

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    And his tripod was made of sticks.

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I need one of these primitives up here in Central Maine. This is a fantastic Christmas gift,

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I found primitive technologies channel quite well done. Looked into his videos, which i enjoy, he has racked up 16,000,000 hits on some of those videos. essentially he will never have to work again. I look at what he has accomplished and realized how i have miss understood the economics on this planet my whole life, and want to jump back 20 years, when i was doing this kind of stuff myself .

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Not to belittle what this guy may have been able to do, but I’m pretty sure that people have been able to do this for thousands of years.

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    What’s your point ? It’s ecosnippits that wrote the headline not PTC . PTC just does his thing and videos it .

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    Did you miss my obvious statement did you?

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    Uh yeah !

    Ever since the
    ” STONE AGE “

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That guy just might survive

The ZOMBIE
APOCALYPSE

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