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    I want to be able to make bow string, or just cordage in general but i don't know what plant fibers would be the best/strongest to do so. I know how to use the twist away, pull over method and have used it with dental floss to make bow string before, (took a really long time). I live in central N.Y. and wondered if anyone here knew what plants would be the best to use, where to find them, etc. pics of the plant would be nice, but if you can just give me the names i can Google what they look like. thanks.


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    Cherokee used to get a fox squirrel hide, and spiral cut it then twist it into a bow string. Have to work the "stretch" out of it though.

    For other options Id suggest Hemp, flax, wool perhaps. I have read of flaxen and hempen strings in old documents at one time or another.

    Cotton probably has to low a break strength to thickness.

    I have found that "carpet yarns" make nice strings if you don't mind using more modern stuff.

    I also have a spool of "yarn" that was used to weave carcass for making aircraft tires. It is essentially a kevlar string and twists up into the equivilant of a great fast flight sting, but lacking any give at all would be very hard on a self bow.

    Dacron makes up into nice flemish bow strings, and I have made a jig to make them, but I need to get some pics to show you. or google fu should show a lot on making a flemish bow string.

    Link to flemish bow string making here

    I like flemish ones because throwing in a twist or three or removing them lets me adjust the fistmele and help me get the porposing out of my arrows. Or at least it used to. Can't much draw a bow anymore, the old body / mind betrays me. /sigh.

    I guess I may have to take up a cross bow just to get out and hunt. (at least if I do I plan on building my own instead of buying one of those compound ones. Right down to the sheeps foot cocking lever or windless.
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    Sinew would difinitely work. Nettles may work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A Curious Scout View Post
    Sinew would difinitely work. Nettles may work.
    Are you talking real sinew? or artificial?...........What kind of twist or weave do you use to make it long enough?
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    Two a strand codage can be made quickly with a hand drill.
    1. For shorter lengths measure out strands from outstretched hand to chin. These can be tied parallel (A), tied in a single loop (B), or interlocked loops (C).
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    2. Put the knotted end of one loop over a "S" hook at a fixed point and the other over a "S" hook on your drill.
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    3. Turn handle CLOCKWISE until kink develops in strands when tension is released. Put weight of some sort (just a few ounces) at midppoint of the twisting.
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    4. Bring the drill "S" hook over to the fixed point.
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    5. Bring the weight down below the "S" hooks and release the weight. . It will twist around in a dramatic fashion. Very impressive for the kids.
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    6. Tie off the "S" hook ends. Here are the finished cords in reverse order from above.
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    You can use this method for longer lengths. Place the hand drill 2 1/4 times the length of the finished rope, string the threads you are using and twist CLOCKWISE. When initial twisting is over place a fixed hook midway between the 2 "S" hooks. This can be a cup hook screwed into a 2 x 4 and taped or weighted in place. Place the twisted strands under the mid-point hook so they do not come out when you bring the drill "S" hook back to the starting point. You can also have a friend hold the hand drill at this mid-point.
    I made the twine pictured below from nylon sewing thread.
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    Put the drill hook at the mid-point and twist COUNTER-CLOCKWISE. Tie off at the "S" hook end.
    If you think a haand drill is modern technology use a wood spinner club.
    One end of the twine is attached to a fixed point and the other end is attached to the notched end of the stick. The dowel acts as a handle and the stick is swung around twisting the strands. I call it a club because it really hurts if you hit your hand with the swinging stick. Tony
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    Another great post. More rep your way.

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    Somehow this picture went missing from my post above. Here it it. Tony
    You can use this method for longer lengths. Place the hand drill 2 1/4 times the length of the finished rope, string the threads you are using and twist CLOCKWISE. When initial twisting is over place a fixed hook midway between the 2 "S" hooks. This can be a cup hook screwed into a 2 x 4 and taped or weighted in place. Place the twisted strands under the mid-point hook so they do not come out when you bring the drill "S" hook back to the starting point. You can also have a friend hold the hand drill at this mid-point.
    Put the drill hook at the mid-point and twist COUNTER-CLOCKWISE. Tie off at the "S" hook end.
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