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This is the bow I had finally gotten to make after at least five years of waiting to be able to. I finished it sometime in October 2010. I'm definately not 100% satisfied with it and will be making an even better and more detailed one very soon. And no, it unfortunately does not function as a real bow because I have no idea how I'd do that. It's more of a prop or decoration I guess; more for looks. It's the first time I've ever worked on something like this so the next one will be better!.....Thanks [link] for the directions!!!

*Earned an Outstanding Achievement in Art III Award- Wooden Sculpture (school award)

-Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia films

-Arrowhead[link]
-The Arrow [link]
-More Narnia [link]

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ęCopyright A.M.S. 2010
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Liamsen Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
does anyone know where to buy a cool bow?
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Archer-AMS Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
3riversarchery.com usually has some good stuff :)
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Liamsen Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks man!
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eunichang Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
are they good for beginners?
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Archer-AMS Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This bow is more for display, it doesn't actually shoot unfortuntely. I definitely encourage you looking into finding a beginners bow though, archery is great! :D And if you're interested here's a link to my newer version of this bow [link] it's the bow from the Narnia films.
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Talmenar Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I VANT!! GIMMEGIMMEGIMME!!!!!!!
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Archer-AMS Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks?! haha :D Here's the bow I did more recently if you want to check it out [link]
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Talmenar Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
neato! :D ur welcome!! :D
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skygazer17 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my life!
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Archer-AMS Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! I actually made another one and I'm almost done with it and it looks a whole lot better than this one! So keep watch for it if you like this one. Thanks again!
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Minteey Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good! It looks nice, but I read your previous comments and you said it doesn't function. I'm actually in the process of making a functional Susan's bow. However, I've made other simple bows (not pretty, but functional) before and so here are some tips if you do want a functional one.

~ The best woods are ash or yew. They're pricier than say if you got a slab of pine, but they're more flexible. Try to get ones without knots, because the ones with tend to snap and are hard to carve.
~ Make the center thicker than the ends, but make the tips slightly wider than the in-between place. This is because although the tips are getting pulled, the bending is done in the in-between. If you don't make the center thick, it'll snap after several draws (although you've pretty much already done well with this section).
~ For the bowstring, there are several types of bowstrings you could use, though for making a simple bow such as Susan's, Dacron is the best, because it has more stretch and puts less pressure on the wood, making it less likely to snap. For some reason, homemade bows snap easier than store-made ones. I don't know if you can buy just Dacron string anywhere, because I bought mine at a nearby sporting goods store for around $8. They're cheap, too, and last pretty long.
~ If you don't feel like buying, I've also found that using newspaper twine (what my family uses to wrap our newspapers with, I'm not sure what it's really called) works well, though because it's made of several different strands twisted together, you'll end up replacing often. It also has virtually no give, so it makes your bow more prone to snapping.
~ If you have the money, it's well worth investing in a strip of leather to put around the center, rather than painting. It also enforces the center and prevents snappage. I have used both superglue and hot glue to stick it on to the wood. If you decide to make patterns on it, you can do so by getting a wet rag and diping it in hot water (a little hotter than "warm" but definetely not boiling) and letting it seep into the leather. Contrary to what people will tell you, it does *not* ruin the leather (I'm a horse person and have ridden through mud puddles and rainstorms. The worst that can happen is the color darkens slightly). Next, if you have a pocket knife (or a dull kitchen knife), press down on the leather to engrave it. You can use a pen, if you need, but you'll need to use leather cleaner to get it off. The best leather cleaner is Lexol, which I buy from my tack shop, but you can see if other stores sell it. Pen takes quite some doing to get off though, so unless truly needed, don't use it. Also, it's best to engrave the leather before gluing it on, because it's easier to work.

Well, I hope this helps ^.^ And good luck with your bow!
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Archer-AMS Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Thanks for the advice!!! That should be really helpful on my next one! I've looked into making a functional bow but I couldn't ever really find anything that would help me in making one like this. I did try using leather for this one's handle but I couldn't get it cut in the right shape to fit the handle exactly so that's why I painted it. The advice on engraving the leather will really help too because I do plan on giving the next one a leather handle and I wanted to do the engraving/pattern on it and everything so thank you! I'm excited to see how yours turns out when you're finished! Thanks again for the tips!!! :D
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Minteey Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :)

PS: If you're making her horn or quiver, I'm using Plaster of Paris. That's actually today's project - It says that sculpting time is 5 minutes, so I'm not quite sure how well it'll work, but it's better than using model magic or something :P
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Archer-AMS Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Making the horn and quiver sounds fun. I actually already have a prop replica of the horn that was sold through Noble Collection back when Prince Caspian came out but I have thought about making a quiver in the past so I might try that some time, thank you for the tip!Good luck with making yours! Are you going to post the bow, horn and quiver up on here when you finish them?
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Minteey Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep :) And, unfortunately, I missed the Noble Collection and there aren't any on eBay. The only place I found was from Germany for $120 US dollars. Yeah, I'm not spending that much :P
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Sandra-Oderaks Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student General Artist
wow, good bow! But why didn't you archery with it? Is it hard to pull this bow?
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Archer-AMS Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! I would LOVE to actually be able to shoot this bow, but it isn't that it is too hard to it's just that it can't be done. The wood isn't flexible enough and the way the grain on the wood is going makes it to where it can't bend. I have elastic on it for the string so it can sort of shoot an arrow, but not strong enough for the arrow to actually penetrate anything. Making a real bow out of wood is also really complicated but if I were to ever learn or have the ability to make a real one I diefinitely would :D
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Artlyss Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
did you make that bow yourself, was it hard and did it take long to make?
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Archer-AMS Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes I did make it myself, it did take a while but it was just the sanding that made it that way. But if it is something you really want to make it doesn't become tedeous. It wasn't really difficult at all to make really. Patience for the final product is soomething you need though because at one point I really just wanted it done when I could've sanded a bit more so I do plan on making another more "movie accurate" one here really soon. If you want more info on it or if i didn't really answer your questions just ask, Thanks!
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Artlyss Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Thanks, I'm glad to know that it's not hard to make. I would like to make one this summer. Did you buy some wood or did you just go into the woods and took a strong wood that has fallen on the ground?
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Archer-AMS Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I bought wood from Home Depot or Lowes. The wood was 4 feet long and I think 2 feet wide and 2 inches thick. The wood I got for my remake is only one inch thick though because after I went to the Narnia exhibit I saw that the bow was a lot thinner than I thought. And when you buy the wood it would be best to make sure it doesn't have a lot of knots in it because there isn't anything you can do about those.
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Artlyss Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Cool, thanks
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