In this step we’re going to be crafting our bow.

Now, a lot of this doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, some of its not even necessary if you’re in a jam.

But, if you have the time and energy to spend crafting a solid bow, I highly recommend it.

It will make your life much easier when you go to start your fire.

When picking the right stick for your bow, be sure it’s about the thickness of your thumb.

This will ensure it’s not too small, nor will it be too big.

STEP 1. THE “X”

 

  • Take one end of your bow drill and prop it up on a log, or rock.
  • Bang the back of the blade very softly to score a line in the stick.

Flip your knife…

  • You want your knife positioned to cross your other line to make an “X”.   
  • Gently tap the back of your blade as you did the first time.

  • This is what your stick should look like before you move on to the next step.

STEP 2. POTHANGER NOTCH

  • With your knife, dig into the X at a 45 degree angle.
  • Make sure your cutting towards the long part of the stick as it be will holding your string in place.

  • This is what you want your notch to look like after you’re done.

STEP 3. THE LOOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STEP 4. SLIP IT OVER

  • Take your loop and slip it into the notch you recently carved.
  • NOTE: Your loop should be JUST big enough to fit over the end of the stick.

STEP 4. SADDLE NOTCH

  • Flip the stick to the other end (opposite side of the notch).
  • Make two “stop-cuts” on either side of where you’ll cut your saddle notch.
  • Once you’re done one side, flip it and do the other (as pictured).
DON’T FRET: This doesn’t need to be perfect. It’s going to decrease the amount of material to bore through in the next step for your hole, and provide a place for your string to coil around at the end. Neither of which need it to be perfect to work properly.

STEP 5. THE HOLE

  • Take the end of your knife and twist it back and forth in the center of your Saddle Notch.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE: This is a perfect job for a Swiss Army Knife if you have one!

  • This is what your hole should look like.

STEP 6. STRING

  • Pull you string through the hole you’ve just drilled into your stick.

STEP 7. TIE IT OFF

  • Once your string is tight, pull the reminder through and wrap it around the saddle notch you carved.
  • Tuck the tail of the string into the wrapped string to tie it off

And you’re done!

Set your bow aside and let’s move on to the next step!

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