After a compound bow failed him on a turkey hunt more than a decade ago, 29-year-old Michael Spink of Spink Wooden Bows in Pocahontas, Arkansas, started making his own wooden bows by hand. He walked us through the process of crafting a 68-inch Native American longbow.

How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand

After a compound bow failed him on a turkey hunt more than a decade ago, 29-year-old Michael Spink of Spink Wooden Bows in Pocahontas, Arkansas, started making his own wooden bows by hand. He walked us through the process of crafting a 68-inch Native American longbow.

English Longbow. When French soldiers found English archers they would cut off their bow fingers. Hence the insult of flicking 2 fingers.

English Longbow. When French soldiers found English archers they would cut off their bow fingers. Hence the insult of flicking 2 fingers.

Katniss is talented with a bow. She uses this for hunting to keep her family alive. It is also her weapon of choice in the Hunger Games.

Katniss is talented with a bow. She uses this for hunting to keep her family alive. It is also her weapon of choice in the Hunger Games.

American flatbow as Howard Hill used. Not period.  English bows (and Viking bows) were D shaped in cross section.

PSE Archery Sequoia Longbow

American flatbow as Howard Hill used. Not period. English bows (and Viking bows) were D shaped in cross section.

My bow, it was a gift from my father and I've been practicing with it for a long time.                                                                                                                                                                                 More

My bow, it was a gift from my father and I've been practicing with it for a long time. More

High Performance Bows - White Wolf Archery Wind Warrior Max P - I think I've found my dream bow! I will own one!

High Performance Bows - White Wolf Archery Wind Warrior Max P - I think I've found my dream bow! I will own one!

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