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Self bow - Arrow Maintenance & Care

The best practices for maintaining your selfbow - arrow for long term use

Caring for your Self Bow

Think of your self bow as a living being. It should rest horizontally and not remain strung for lengthy periods of time if it is not in use.

Check Your String: Be sure to check the string for fraying so that it will not "pop" during use, which may damage the bow.

Bracing the Bow: With Self Bows, bracing incorrectly can result in damage to the bow. Whatever method you use Make sure it is bending both limbs evenly without overstraining one or the other.


The "Step Through" method can easily be done incorrectly. If the leg is not square with the handle throughout the bend it will result in one of the limbs being over strained, which is potentially damaging or fatal to the bow.

Bow stringers are a very safe and effective way to brace a bow.

The "Push Pull" method is also very safe for the bow, yet there is some danger to the face or back of the archer if done improperly. It is bit difficult to learn and can be frustrating in the beginning. Once learned it is a very convenient method requiring no equipment to perform. It is difficult to describe, so I recommend watching the video above.


Warming Up the Bow: The importance of this step cannot be overstated. The longer a bow has gone un used the more care it needs in "warming up." This has nothing to do with temperature, but is rather like an athlete preparing for an event.

To use your Self Bow, first begin by leaving it braced for a few minutes to get used to the idea. Do this in the environment you will be shooting it in.

Then begin pumping the string until it is flexing more easily.

Before Shooting it at full draw pop off a few arrows at half draw to get it used to shooting again. Then you may shoot as normal.

Shooting the Self Bow: When shooting the bow, be sure you pull back to full draw in a slower and more relaxed manner than with a modern compound bow. There should be no rush and there is no need rapidly pull back and then try to hold it. Aim as you draw and pause at anchor if it suits you.

Storing the Bow: Place the bow in a horizontal resting place when it is not being used. Storing in an upright or leaning position will warp the bow over time because of the varying barometric pressures, much like a pool stick. Under your bed or above a coat rack on two nails can be ideal storage.

Treat it like a violin, don't subject it to intense heat like a car in the summer, at least not for long.

Friends using the bow: Don't let anyone else use your bow. Your bow will get used to how you shoot it.

If you give it to some Rambo compound shooting lunatic and they over draw it, pull it back too rapidly and don't warm it up all at the same time, I garauntee the bow will be damaged. Don't let it happen to you.

Occasional Oiling: We use a penetrating linseed oil called tru-oil to seal our bows. Oiling your bow every so often will prolong it's shooting life. Once every year is advisable.

Arrow maintenance: We make hard wood arrows for better hunting and durability, using your arrows responsibly is the first step towards maintaining them. I have hit rocks and not broken my arrows, but don't count on it every time. Safety requires checking on the arrows for splintering when mishaps like these occur.

Losing arrows in the forest is a common malady to the archer, and so it is reccommended to use judo points in these situations.


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