Bow Making with Ed Scott
English | Size: 1.08 GB
Category: Misc E-Learning
American style double-curve bows are a traditional Indian weapon and Ed Scott is considered a master bowyer, or bow maker. An early starter Ed, who now lives in Grants, New Mexico, made his first bow at the age of nine after an uncle taught him the craft. However, after a career in the U.S. Navy and, later, as a tree surgeon, then as a missionary in Botswana, Scott did not return to the craft until about seven years ago when he made a bow for his grandson. After getting into bowmaking again there was no turning back.
In this video Ed explains how he uses and shapes billets of juniper and mesquite, which he then glues sinew, such as elk sinew, to add tensile strength. In making bows, Scott's process is traditional and everything is done by hand. He explains the importance of tensile strength in the functioning of a good bow. According to Mr Scott, once heated and bent to shape these woods can get up to 10 times more tensile strength than in the wood alone if sinew is glued to the back of the bow.