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In the Yurkov Sawmill online store you can buy wooden blanks for making bows and arrows with worldwide delivery. Our catalog contains selected wood for the handle and shoulders of compound and short bows and blanks for carving arrows.
Wood has been used to make bows since ancient times, and until now modern materials have not replaced it. The technologies for making bows are improving, although in the civilized world it has become an item of sports equipment, an attribute of amateur hunting, reconstruction and collecting, and not a weapon. New technical capabilities allow bows to be made from many parts with precise characteristics, whereas in the days of widespread distribution of archery equipment for military purposes, the material for the bow had to be literally grown on purpose.
A bow carved from one long bar is a rare exception that usually has no practical justification. Basically, even having a blank in the full length of the bow, which can reach two meters, the craftsmen still split it and glue it in such a way as to give the arc the necessary physical and mechanical properties. This is called a simple bow.
Composite or composite bows are made with the use of additional materials, and this allows, by significantly shortening the arc in length, to give it more power and elasticity. Modern adhesives and carpentry equipment make composite bows much more durable and stronger than simple bows. Most often, sports bows are composite.
A bow consists of a handle, shoulders and a bowstring, and it is the wooden part that carries the main load. The central part of the bow, as a rule, has a thickening - this is the handle of the bow, and the main quality for it is breaking strength. In some designs, the handle does not undergo bending at all, and in such cases it can be quite massive, heavy and consist of many glued parts, including purely decorative ones. The shoulders of the bow must have a high elasticity, and you should be especially careful when choosing the material for them.
The type of wood used is very important for making a bow, as it largely determines its properties - especially for the shoulders. A good choice for this purpose would be elm, oak, ash, beech, maple, birch. Traditionally, yew was used to make bows, but it should be borne in mind that wood is more stable in the region where it tends to grow.
Usually, when making a bow, the outer layers of the growth rings are placed on the side of the back - the convex part of the arc. This is due to natural conditions - the tree is more elastic closer to the bark, and closer to the core - it resists compression better. Also, the direction of the fibers is important to consider when drawing the bow - it should be as similar and even on both shoulders.
The quality of a wooden bow largely depends on the correct drying of the wood. Our onion blanks are dry and ready to use, but you can play it safe and keep them for about a week in the room where you will be making onions. So the tree will absorb the missing moisture from the air or, on the contrary, dry out to the required level.