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Shapiro

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Hi, I'm interested in making my first self-bow. I bought the first volume of the Bowyer's Bible and read it—very interesting, and I learned a lot, but it didn't have the step-by-step instructions I'm looking for.

I have seen a number of books out there, such as Ryan Gill's "Primitive Bow Building," and the titles over at 3 Rivers Archery. If anybody has experience with any of these specifically, and can recommend them (or not), I'd appreciate it.

If it's important, I live in VT and will be using staves I've harvested. I have access to white ash, elm, hickory, red and white oak, and possibly some locust if I look hard enough.

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As your staves are white wood, I would get a copy of 'The Bent Stick' by Paul Comstock at http://gallifrey.org/bentstic.htm.  He was one of the authors throughout the Traditional Bowyer's Bible series.  Collecting all of the TBB series will be more informative, too. I haven't seen Ryan's book but he is a solid teacher.  I am hoping to get started on my first self bow this Fall after the bow season ends. 
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Thanks so much for the tip, Ray. I had heard about "The Bent Stick" from a friend, but hadn't been able to find it.

The website looks pretty old. Is the info still current?
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Yes, the information is current.  Paul is very helpful, also.
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In no particular order, I like the following:
The Bowyer's Craft, Jay Massey
The Book of Primitive Archery,  Jay Massey
Cherokee Bows and Arrows, Al Herrin
Billets to Bows, Glenn St. Charles
Traditional Bowyer's Handbook, Clay Hayes
Hunting the Osage Bow, Dean Torges

If your interested in watching something on You Tube Search for:
Bow Making with Ed Scott
Ed Scott Bowyer, Interviews
1990 Bow Building with Al Herrin

For magazines.  http://www.primitivearcher.com
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Although many books are out of print you can check the following:

Amazon.com
Abebooks.com
3Riversarchery.com
Raptorarchery.com
Alibris.com
Biblio.com
archeryedge.com
hpb.com
kustomkingarchery.com
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Clay Hay's book is good too.
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I did too !

Madison, Wisconsin.   Public land hunter
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All of the mentioned titles in this thread have the answers you seek. 
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What i love about self bows is that for the beginner you take a history lesson.  In your case hickory would be your absolute best choice. I would hit up your local Indian museum and culture centers as well . Plenty of examples to eyeball. Your dimensions could very well be the same. Your hardest step will be tillering.  There is a feel to the trick. 

Just have fun sir!

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Thanks all, for your advice. I have ordered Ryan Gill's book, and Paul Comstock's book. I am sure they will be great.
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