These kits are a great way to learn tillering and some of the basics of self bow building. Each one is floor tillered and has the string groves already in place. Hickory can make a great bow. To finish simply remove wood from the belly to reduce poundage, the back only needs sanding.
Most of these kits will end up in the 50 lb range but you can easily remove more material for a finished bow in 40's. Heavier bows can be made by simply removing less wood.
When you get them, these bows have no shelf cut in them so you can make either a right handed, a left handed, or even an ambidextrous bow. Most folks finish these bows out to be shot off their knuckle anyway. Optional: You can cut in a very narrow shelf, and/or build the shelf out a bit with leather if you prefer.
Posted by Rick Yonker - Bowyer on 28th Jul 2017
I have taught classes for the past 15 years at North House folk school in Grand Marais MN. I have also been building my own longbows since 1998. These staves are excellent for the beginning to learn the basics of longbow building. All the staves I received were well made and ready for the class that I just taught.
I highly recommend these staves and this company for your bow building needs.