A few weeks ago I found some really nice movies and blogs on how to create your own flatbow from a piece of hazel. The idea was to make a bow with a low draw weight for my son, so he could play around with it.
Here's a really inspiring blog:
Dels bowyer's Diary
So I went out into the woods and harvested a few pieces of hazel:
First I debarked it with a drawknife and let it dry for a few weeks.
Then I cut it to the a size around 50 inch. After some cutting and using the drawknife alot, the bow was ready to be sanded and then the fun part, adding a maori inspired tribal tattoo with a black marker.
Some nocks were added from a darker wood and I cut out some grooves for the string.
The final piece looks like this:
Hope you enjoyed it and I'll get back soon with some other tattoo inspired products/projects.
Kind regards, Mark