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Longbow Making — From Yew Log To Finished Bow (Part 1)

Longbow Making — From Yew Log To Finished Bow (Part 1)

Select your wood. Go to a hardware store or an archery store. Only cut live trees if you are sure it is a suitable wood, and are prepared to properly dry the wood. Just-cut, wet wood won't work well. Look for a board that's 6 feet long, 1"x2". Oak and lemonwood are good woods for your first bows.Osage and yew make the best bows, but are difficult to work with. Do not use pine, poplar, or other soft woods. Check the grain. The board doesn't have to be straight, but you want the grain to run straight, both on the face and the sides. Ideally, the grain should run straight down the length of the board, so that the back of the board is a single layer of wood unbroken by any growth rings. It's unlikely that you'll find such a board at lumber yard, so get a board with as few defects as possible. Use a pencil to roughly draw the shape of the bow on the wood: For a longbow, you want it long and narrow taper to the tip. Follow the natural grain. Glue on your second piece of wood now, if you plan to use one.
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Split Whiteoak Basket Making

Split Whiteoak Basket Making

Westville's woodwright, Fred, shows us how to make a split white oak basket in this video. In very rapid motion (the first part of this video has been sped up) Fred goes from spitting the oak flitches with a froe and mallet, to then...
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Clog Making Demonstration In Amsterdam

Clog Making Demonstration In Amsterdam

Clog making has long been a tradition in Europe, especially in the north western countries such as Denmark, Sweden and Norway, where they're typically referred to as "klompen". Essentially there are two distinct types of craftsmen -- those working out in the field or...
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Tillers International Coopering Class — Piggin Or Bucket Making

Tillers International Coopering Class — Piggin Or Bucket Making

Tillers International is a non-profit organization set up to aid international rural development and to teach the skills required in a number of fields, such as farming techniques, blacksmithing,...
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Dry Stone Walling Courses For Beginners Or Improvers

Dry Stone Walling Courses For Beginners Or Improvers

Video Rating: three / 5 This video is essentially a series of still photographs and live-action footage depicting the various activities of the Darbyshire branch of the Dry Stone...
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Basic Blacksmithing — Forging A Steel Rose

Basic Blacksmithing — Forging A Steel Rose

Video Rating: four / 5 David Robertson from ArtistBlacksmith.com is back and this time he gives us a demonstration on how to forge a decorative steel rose. Four pieces...
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An Introduction To Saddle Making School

An Introduction To Saddle Making School

Video Rating: 4 / 5 Pete's Custom Saddlery is located in Fairview KY, about 70 miles north from Nashville Tennessee. It is from here that pete not only makes...
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Classic Boat Building — Constructing A Bristol Cutter

Classic Boat Building — Constructing A Bristol Cutter

Video Rating: 4 / five This high-speed video shows the construction of a Bristol Cutter. The design of this vessel was originally developed from the need for a fast...
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Basic Blacksmithing — How To Forge A Pair Of Blacksmith Tongs

Basic Blacksmithing — How To Forge A Pair Of Blacksmith Tongs

In this video, featuring David Robertson of ArtistBlacksmith.com, we're shown how to forge a pair of blacksmith's tongs. These essential tools should be amongst the first tools you make...
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