Improvised Weaponry: Bows - PART II (PVC Bows)
= Part II: PVC Bows=
ForewordAnatomy of the BowEmergency PVC BowBasics of Archery Shooting
Enhanced PVC BowThe Art of Fletching
Over the millennia, the choice materials for a bow have span from wood, steel, fiberglass, and composite plastics. Their function are the same, to store energy from an archer's muscles, and release it onto an arrow. A bow’s limbs must be made from materials that are both elastic and strong.
While simple, a good bow must be shaped properly and meticulous, so that its draw is smooth and balanced. Traditionally, a bowyer would select a long piece of wood, called a stave, that has a straight, parallel grain and is knot-free. By parallel, it means the grain runs straight from tip to tip, to ensure tension is applied to the wood in the right direction. Knots are mineral cysts that grow inside a tree, and are detriment to the uniformity and durabi