24 Replies to “Making a Traditional Longbow & Recurve Bow Part 3 – Tillering”

  1. This is the best and most detailed video iv'e ever seen on how to make a bow . you know what i'm going to subscribe :).

  2. I'm making my first longbow, and I'm stuck in the tillering part. Am I supposed to sand the back of the bow?

  3. I'm making my first bow, a flatbow, and am coming to the tillering stage. I've read about making temporary nocks for tillering, but this confuses me – if you cut a nock, surely that's a permanent nock, you can't put the wood back on! Please help! 🙂

  4. @caaspal Willow becomes brittle when dry and will crack or shatter under load, depending on the species. You can usually find hickory, ewe, ash, or osage orange locally. Try hickory or ewe, for a first bow. Cheers.

  5. Hi, what wood wood would you recommend highest. My local lumbar yard sell ash, hickory, oak, walnut, maple and some exotic woods too.

  6. Tillering is the process of removing wood from the belly of the bow to obtain even bending and desired draw length. I have been using a spoke shave to remove the wood from my bows I have tried to make.

  7. So tillering is the process where you test for even bending in the limbs? What is the process where you shape the bow into something like a recurve? I've heard that you can steam it (not necessarily cook or boil) and shape it when its warm. Or do you do it differently?

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