The Hunger Games, arguably one of the more popular movies of the year, comes to DVD this week and millions of young un’s will end their summer engrossed in the life-and-death battle between the Tributes. And while high ticket sales were not a surprise for this movie, an unanticipated response to Katniss and her battle in the arena was a widespread interest in the sport of archery.
For centuries, hunters in Asia have used the flexible yet strong bamboo to construct sturdy bows. So follow in the footsteps of your favorite heroine and build your own bamboo bow!
Here’s what you need to make your own bamboo bow:
- 8 bamboo stalks of equal thickness, each measuring 4 feet long
- Clamps or braces
- Wood glue
- Bowstring (or a strong cord)
Here’s how to make your own bamboo bow:
- Bind together several of the bamboo stalks using the twine until the bundle is the thickness of an average bow.
- Bend the bamboo bundle into the shape of a bow and secure in place using the clamps.
- Fill the gaps between the bamboo stalks in with the wood glue.
- Cut a notch near each end of the bow and on the inside curve of the bow.
- Wrap the bowstring (or cord) around each notch to determine the length of bowstring needed. The bowstring must be strong enough to spring back into place when pulled.
- Trim off excess bowstring. Unwrap the ends of the bowstring and tie them into small loops. The loops should fit snugly over the notches.
- String your bow by placing the loops over the notches.
Gear up for target practice by wearing loose, light and comfortable bamboo clothing. And may the odds be ever in your favor! (Couldn’t resist)