An absolute (-ly wonderful) beginner’s bow


This is  an easy to make bow to introduce people to archery. The weight of the bow is no more than 10 pounds, but it is very smooth to draw and shoots well.

Learning proper shooting style and developing an interest in archery requires a lighter bow so the shooter is not struggling with the draw.

The bow is made from 3/4 inch unflattened cpvc pipe (pale yellow-tan color) and is 53 inches in overall length. Two notches (nocks) are cut and filed into each end, 1 inch in from the end of the tube. The bowstring is the usual paracord, but does not need to be the strong 550 cord. In fact any reasonable cord or string would do. The brace height is 6 3/4 inch in this particular example and an overhand knot is placed in the bowstring to serve as the nock point for the arrow. The grip is made from the rough adhesive tape used on wooden stairs to avoid slipping.

The bow would have somewhat higher draw weight if it were shorter, but don’t shorten it more than a few inches to avoid the risk of collapsing the bow.

The builder needs to research the proper length and stiffness of arrows for this light bow. This is important so the arrows fly true and the student is satisfied. (I don’t remember what arrows I used.)