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Long bow build
MaFe Hood is back in the forest…

Since I was a boy, I always wanted to build my own bow, not just a bow, but a long bow like Robin Hood. Remember dreaming I was Robin Hood, that I was shooting arrows, flying through the room and of course kissing Lady Marian.
Wake up MaFe!!!

Last year when I turned 50, I put a bow building class on my wish list and on the big day, my father came with a arrow and a gift card on a long bow class, one class was cancelled and time went on, but finally it happened.

These pictures are from the blog:

1. My bow back in the work shop.
2. The horse is ready fora day of riding.
3. Me at the tiller, happy monkey.
4. Line our instructor helping out.
5. Back in my work shop, working on details.
6. Where is that elephant?

Hope it can be to some inspiration, bows perhaps?

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 06-18-2019 01:57 PM

Interesting and challenging project to make…even more fun to use it!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 06-18-2019 02:01 PM


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 06-18-2019 03:20 PM

Om my to do list also, but seeing as my compound Bow hasn’t been out of the case in a decade or 2 ???

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 06-18-2019 03:35 PM

Looks like a nice bow Mafe. Should get you a Top 3.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 06-18-2019 03:46 PM

Very cool. Why does it look like a crossbow in some pics? Is that required to pull the sting back?

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#6 posted 06-18-2019 04:17 PM

Wunderbar Mads.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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Tucker Grose

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#7 posted 06-18-2019 05:02 PM

Looks like you were having fun making some shavings!
What kind of wood? Looks like maybe hickory.
Not many things more satisfying than watching an arrow sail through the air after being launched by a longbow!
I’ve made a few bows… current projects in the works are from birch and Osage.

-- Tucker - Hazelton, BC, Canada

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woodshaver Tony C

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#8 posted 06-18-2019 05:10 PM

I was married the year you were born! Cupid put an arrow through my heart! See dreams do come true after all!
Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 06-18-2019 06:51 PM

This right here says it all. Required components of a bow build.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 06-18-2019 07:58 PM

Nice work on the bow, Mads…you are just having too much fun!!

cheers, my friend!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 06-18-2019 10:04 PM

OK ! Looks like you may have to get some green felt out and ask somebody handy to run up a hat for you now!

6. Where is that elephant?
Sadly it happens.

Well done on the construction, Now if it was me I would need to make a stool as well to stand on to reach the grip!

-- Regards Rob

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#12 posted 06-18-2019 11:40 PM

Longing for the longbow. Quite the story with all the excitement of the wait. Kissing lady Marian may be still buried in that dream but with a few more drinks anything is possible. Love the bow, It’s quite a piece.
Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 06-19-2019 03:04 AM

Nice looking bow Mafe. Good job chasing down a lifelong dream ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 06-19-2019 03:52 AM

Well done Mafe, very cool. At least cool in woodie terms, but I am sure if my son sees this he will want one too.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#15 posted 06-19-2019 05:23 AM

Opps sorry Mafe, I should have posted my comment in the Blog rather than here!

-- Regards Rob

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