How To Make a Bow And Arrow

Making a bow and arrow is a much easier job than making a sword. Process of making is far easier, but it takes a lot of time and patience. In this blog, we will go through every step, and we will explain each step in detail to make quality bow and arrow. To make a quality weapon, you need to choose a type of bow and follow our instructions and job will be much easier. So let’s talk about how to make a bow and arrow.


how to make a bow

Making the bow is consists of several steps. First, we need to find a pole for the bow of material that you want. Specifically, in this blog, we will make a wooden bow, so we need to find a pole which should be stiff and dry. After that, we move on curving the bow, which is an easy step, then we can mark handhold and limbs. And the final step is to string the bow, and that’s the end of making the bow.

1. find the best material for bow

The first step in making the bow is finding the best material which should be durable and elastic. We suggest you use wood because it is the most popular material for forming the bow. The best type of timber is Osage orange but if it doesn’t exist in your environment, then use red oak or some other kind of tree.

Go to your nearest forest and find some dead pole or cut one from a living tree, make sure that the pole is not damaged or broken. The length of the pole should be up to 5 feet and a thickness of about 1,5 inches. But if you cut off greenwood leaves the pole a few days to dry then scrape the pole until the unevenness disappears.


2. Curve the bow

Next step is curving the pole. This step is essential because the launching power depends on that. You can do this in two ways, first is to find two large stones and edges of the pole put on them. With your foot gently press the centre of the pole to the ground, repeat this process until the pole gets a slight curvature. The second way is also easier to perform. Put the pole on the ground and hold the top of it with one hand while the other top will stand on the ground. With one leg gently press the middle of the pole and after some time it will get the curve.

3. mark the handhold and limbs

Next, you need to mark the handhold and limbs, take a pen and mark the centre of the bow which will serve as a handhold. It must be in the middle of the bow because of the balance. The length of handhold should be about 7 inches or as two fists. You can wrap this place with rubber, leather or any textile. Above handhold is the upper limb, and below handhold is the lower arm, both ends of the arms will be connected by a bowstring.

4. String the bow

String the bow is the last step in making the bow, take survival or boot knife and on both limbs cut off one notch about 1 to 2 inches from each end of the bow. The important thing doesn’t cut notch only from the back of the bow, cut out from all sides. Depth is also necessary, don’t go so profound because it can break when you pull, so cut out notch enough to hold the string in place. The second part of this step is necessary to select a bowstring. We have to hint that the power of the bow depends on the elasticity of the wood, not from a string. When you choose a line, pay attention to thickness, material and durability. Click here to find the best bowstring online.

how to make an arrow

After making the bow, we are going to make an arrow. First, we need to find a long and straight stick. It can be of wood, plastic or some other material. Next, we need to set up ahead to the arrow, and the final step is setting up fetching, and that’s it.

1. find long and straight stick

The first step in making an arrow is finding a long and straight wooden stick. Make sure the stick for the arrow is dry because if you take greenwood after a few days, it will be distorted and will be unusable. But if you decide to use green wood then leave the stick on the sun for a few days to dry. You must have wondered ” I have sticks, but how long it should be ” Don’t worry, we have not forgotten that the length of the arrow should be minimum 1/2 bow length and it shouldn’t be thicker than 1/4 inches.

2. set arrow head

The most dangerous and at the same time the sharpest part of the arrow is head, you can make it in two ways. The first way is to put the top of the stick in the fire for a few minutes and sharpen it with a knife. This method is easy to make, but this type of arrowhead will dull very fast, and it is not suitable as the next method of setting arrowhead. As we said, the second method is better because the arrow gets more damage, precision and balance. The head should be long up to 3 inches, and it can be of stone, metal or glass.

Take you an arrow and on the top cut notch 1-inch depth, take your arrowhead and put it in the notch. After that take some string or cord and tie head to stick so it couldn’t fall out. This method will improve your arrow, but carefully it can cause serious injuries.



3. fletching your arrow

The last step in making the arrow is setting up fletching. Fletching is aerodynamic stabilization device which is always set on the end of the arrow. You can put 2, 3 or 4 fletch on a single arrow. Our recommendation is to put three because it is a golden environment. Fletching can be of various materials such as cardboard, plastic, but usually made of feathers. In this blog, we will make fletching of feathers, but if you can not find them, then you can make it from some other material. Find three feathers, let them be about 4 inches long, remove one side of each feather and place the feathers on the end of the arrow at the same distance. Take some string, and first tie front ends and then the last ends of fletching. Your arrow is now ready to launch.


We are hopeful that the bow and arrow along with sword and axe supplement your arsenal of cold weapons.

Follow this video, and it will help you to make a bow and arrow. User Chop With Chris does video.