April 18, 2014
Survival Tip #221: How to Make a Bow Out of PVC - 0
by Tim MacWelch
Editor's Note: This tip comes from our new "Prepare for Anything Survival Manual."
- Two 5-foot (1.5-m) lengths of 1/4-inch (0.6-cm) fiberglass rod (from farm/garden/hardware supply stores)
- 5/8-inch (1.6-cm) rubber heater hose (from auto parts store)
-56-inch (1.4-m) bow string (from sporting goods stores; you can improvise one from high tensile cord, but better to buy one)
- Self-adhering medical wrap
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STEP 4: String your bow by hooking one end of your bow string over the fiberglass rod sticking out of one end of the pipe, bending the bow slowly, and slipping the other end of the bow string onto the other fiberglass rod tip. Be sure the rubber heater hose protects the string from fraying against the pipe. Then, mark the center of the bow and wrap the handle in self-adhering medical wrap to improve your grip. Mark the middle of the string to locate where the arrow will be nocked. Cover the bow in tape or paint to protect from wear.