Build a Wooden American Flat Bow Plans
These Popular Mechanics plans are for a wooden flat bow.
When the white man provided the American
Indian with a cheap trade musket in place of
his native bow and arrow, he saved himself a
good deal of grief, for had the red man developed
his weapon along a logical path he might have arrived
at an approximation of the bow we now know as the "semi-
Indian," "flat," or "American" bow.
With such a bow he could
have shot with accuracy at a hundred yards (about the extreme
accurate range of the long rifle), and could have delivered arrows
faster than any frontier scout could load his rifle.
Any home workman, equipped with ordinary tools, can readily
build the most modern and most efficient bow yet designed.
best material for the amateur is the imported wood known as "lemonwood." It can be worked almost entirely by measurement,
without much regard to the grain. California yew and
Osage orange probably make a better bow, but not for the
Lemonwood can be had from most dealers in archery supplies,
either in the rough stave or cut to approximate outline.
The dimensions given are for a bow 5 ft. 8 in. long with a
weight (the archer's term for the strength of a bow) of from
45 to 50 lb. at a draw of from 27 to 28 in. This combination is
suitable for the average man. When new the bow will draw
5 lb. or more above these figures.
Make an American Flat Bow Plans