Making a horn bow - How to make a composite bow

Ғылым және технология

In this video you will see the making of a horn bow.
These bows are also called Turkish composite bows or reflex bows.
The bow is made of wood, horn and animal sinew.
All parts are glued together with a glutin glue (isinglass glue).
Bows have been made from these materials for centuries.
0:00 Intro
0:13 Wood core
5:09 Horn clasp
8:31 Elaborate bow shape
10:15 Sinew coating
12:23 Bone pieces
13:50 Tiller (bending of the bow)
14:44 Bow ends
15:27 Test shooting
16:07 Birch bark
19:21 Shooting bow
The manufacturing process has remained the same over the centuries.
Today, machines such as band saw, planer, etc. facilitate the manufacture.
Fire is replaced by a hot air dryer and heat lamp.
However, most of the work is still done by hand.
Materials and additional info for those interested:
-The wood core is made of sycamore maple.
Other woods such as ash or yew can also be used.
-The horns are from domesticated water buffalo.
The last horn purchase was years ago. Unfortunately, the supplier no longer exists.
-The deer back tendons are the same as the horn. Bought years ago, supplier no longer exists.
Tendons from ostrich, cattle, red deer, etc. can be used just as well.
-With birch bark it is always a matter of luck that one gets which can be separated easily in the thickness.
-Glutin glue (isinglass glue 100gr./€ 60.--).
Alternatively, rabbit glue or hide glue (100gr./€ 5.--) can be used. Both cost only a fraction of the isinglass.
Data from the filmed bow:
-draw weight 45 pounds at 28 inches.
-String length 113cm (Dynema D75).
-Bow weight 340 grams
I have been building and shooting bows for about 17 years. Turkish reflex bows in particular.
Bow building is a wonderful hobby and has taught me many things.
My interests have shifted towards shoemaking for a few years now.
So that my more or less great knowledge is not completely lost, I have filmed the bow making.
Have fun watching .......

Пікірлер: 920

  • @kilovolt7008
    @kilovolt70082 ай бұрын

    Trust me when I say I have watched all the videos on how the composite bows are made. Especially the Turkish and Mongolian type bows. There is no other video I found which has this amount of detail and elaboration. Thank you so much for taking the time to make such a masterpiece.

  • @andiswerkstatt-ow4uw


    2 ай бұрын

    Many thanks for your beautiful comment!

  • @prakashbalasubramanian8542


    2 ай бұрын

    ​@@andiswerkstatt-ow4uw I still see something is missing on bow shape as this was not that our Tamil older ancient used.. It was really super but there is something missing in your bow..

  • @zaourikorelidis5000


    2 ай бұрын

    Если бы отходы от обработки козлинного рога сварил бы ,то получил бы отличный столярный клей-тутхал.

  • @jacksonterrance8833


    Ай бұрын

    Have you ever seen 1 siyah as 2 pieces of wood stacked on top of each other?

  • @michaelhosaflook9944


    22 күн бұрын

    I was thinking the same thing. I've been wanting to make one of these bows for a long time and this video is definitely one of the best showing just how to do it.

  • @Tukab2007
    @Tukab200711 күн бұрын

    This was so well done. I'm just looking at this for a kind of research I'm doing among other videos and online encyclopedias about bow construction and the various archers in history. This was so detailed and so impressive I was literally entranced. I would have to watch it a dozen times just to get all the steps you used correct. Not only that, you really made sure the bow was absolutely beautiful. Bravo!

  • @robhor
    @robhor22 күн бұрын

    Amazing skills, and passion, dedication and patience! Thanks for making this video - it's a great insight into the bow making craftsmanship.

  • @user-wr6lj5iy7r
    @user-wr6lj5iy7rАй бұрын

    Респект и уважуха.знание свойств материалов и их обработки.отличная работа.

  • @evgeniyblinov4948
    @evgeniyblinov49482 ай бұрын

    Потрясающе. Просто восторг))))

  • @lindybeige
    @lindybeige2 ай бұрын


  • @NeWo9670
    @NeWo9670Ай бұрын

    You can use the tip of the horn to make an archer ring. Since the thumb is used in Eastern bows, a special ring is used for it. We call it Zihgir. Some men in Turkiye still use these rings as jewelry. Those used as jewelry are mostly made of silver or precious stones. But the one I use for archery is made of buffalo horn. Really much better than metal, leather and plastic ones. It fits perfectly because it was made specifically for me.

  • @user-xv8mv4tp2z
    @user-xv8mv4tp2z2 ай бұрын

    Было очень интересно смотреть.Спасибо.

  • @johnvigil5321
    @johnvigil53212 ай бұрын

    I never knew anything about bows, but this video helped me appreciate the work that goes into it. Incredible piece, I commend you for the time you took to post your steps.

  • @whykenneth
    @whykenneth2 ай бұрын

    Amazing 20 minutes content from your super hard work you spent for half a year! It's not just a bow but a piece of fine art! Thank you!

  • @user-hc6vt6di8k
    @user-hc6vt6di8k2 ай бұрын

    Brilliant work! I have heard in general terms how such bows are made, but I have never seen the technology completely. Thank you, it was very interesting

  • @gorazdg1


    8 күн бұрын

    Very clever way to press the horn with with wooden sticks and rope… i used the tencik tool… obviously your way is faster !

  • @gregoryluc2876
    @gregoryluc28762 ай бұрын

    Man, that was a smashingly cool archery fabrication show! As an archer I appreciate a bow with speed and that soft thumb sound at release. Your bow looks like a real pleasure to shoot and and has that soft thump sound at release . Very nice work!

  • @BasilSpathas
    @BasilSpathas2 ай бұрын

    Meinen größten Respekt, Meister Andi. Perfektes Video, perfekte Handwerkskunst, perfekte Schießkunst. Ich bin froh, deinen Kanal entdeckt zu haben. Würde mich auf mehr Videos freuen. Weiter so.

  • @ilcignoeilgrifone
    @ilcignoeilgrifone22 күн бұрын

    Hi, a really well done video thanks for sharing I have some questions I'm doing a little research on various compositional models How much weight does the bow have? what weight did you use for the arrows? have you tried its speed?

  • @Khether0001
    @Khether000123 күн бұрын

    I've always loved watching traditional crafting and I have NEVER seen anyone steam and work a horn like you did here! That's incredible! Where did you learn about it??

  • @andiswerkstatt-ow4uw


    19 күн бұрын

    Thank you! There is no teacher. Only trial and error.

  • @x-Rayquiem
    @x-Rayquiem2 ай бұрын

    An amazing masterpiece, I would never have imagined how this bow is tricky to make; You are really skilled, i love the results ! thank you so much for giving us a bit of your great knowledges

  • @GreenthumbsGarden
    @GreenthumbsGarden23 күн бұрын

    Wonderful to watch a craftsman with a passion work. Beautiful bow mate, really great work.

  • @albertolubonting2651
    @albertolubonting26512 ай бұрын

    Wow. . .such an amazing work of art. Watching your video, I can feel your love for what you are doing. Being very passionate and taking every detail with perfection and the whole build is an honor to watch. As a person who appreciates craftmanship, this is just amazing. I just wish that someday I can own a bow like this to have a functional art display.

  • @andiswerkstatt-ow4uw


    2 ай бұрын

    Thank you!

  • @JB-uj8mz
    @JB-uj8mzАй бұрын

    You are truly on a level of your own with this bow build🙏🏼 thank you for sharing.

  • @garrgravarr
    @garrgravarr20 күн бұрын

    Such an elegant and beautifully functional final product. Respect.

  • @unklezam7873
    @unklezam7873Ай бұрын

    Absolutely fascinating to see how much work, thought and skill went into such a bow. Thanks for sharing!

  • @Lobster-Wrestler
    @Lobster-Wrestler2 күн бұрын

    This was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Astounding craftsmanship

  • @Grim-Taker3
    @Grim-Taker3Ай бұрын

    Absolutely awesome work on the bow. Well done and thank you for posting the video.

  • @tommyking8560
    @tommyking85602 ай бұрын

    Wow. Just came across this and cannot stop watching. The skill in your process is incredible. I can only imagine the feeling of holding that bow in your hands at the finish. Beautiful ❤️

    @STORMBRINGERcommin2 ай бұрын

    man I never ever comment on videos, but I can't help it. The level of attention and dedication is worthy of anyone's respect, but most of all sticking to the traditional materials and techniques is what gives the greatest joy to the purist in me. Words can't do it justice so I'll leave it at that. I wish you a long happy life and the health needed to continue your projects and thank for sharing with us.

  • @andiswerkstatt-ow4uw


    2 ай бұрын

    Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. All the best to you too!

  • @atlantic_love


    2 ай бұрын

    Never comment? If I had a dime everytime someone claims that 😅

  • @johnweyn7679
    @johnweyn767910 күн бұрын

    Piekna super robota jestes mistrzem w tym fachu .pozdrawiam z Polski. 😊.

  • @anatolyuser292
    @anatolyuser292Ай бұрын

    Очень красивая и сложная работа. Вы просто гений!

  • @jeanmartox3570
    @jeanmartox3570Ай бұрын

    Vivement vos prochaines créations! C'est superbe, et je suis moi meme artisan, je sais reconnaitre les beaux gestes! Bravo!

  • @alekseylebed4945
    @alekseylebed49452 ай бұрын

    Это великолепно!!!

  • @borumfishing9382
    @borumfishing93822 ай бұрын

    This is the first horn bow video i have seen actually showing the flexibility of the horns before applying them to the bow. Absolutely amazing build. Thank you for sharing your craftsmanship 🤩👌🙏

  • @BlackBeastWorkshop
    @BlackBeastWorkshopАй бұрын

    I want to make one of these. That looks so fun to make. What a beautiful process and product.

  • @quocsonnguyen9799
    @quocsonnguyen9799Ай бұрын

    Kỹ thuật chế biến gỗ của bạn quá tuyệt vời, xin cảm ơn bạn !

  • @kyzar1207
    @kyzar1207Ай бұрын

    Great video, very informative, and beautiful craftsmanship, man I'm definitely going to make one one day, I make self bows but just about to make a sinew backed osage ,I'm definitely going to use this technique in how you apply the sinew, thanks mate!

  • @DileepKumar-qy8jw
    @DileepKumar-qy8jwАй бұрын

    I really appreciate your art and I hope that I too can get this bow of yours at a good price for me to use. A heart emoji for your art.❤

  • @user-wv5fq8di2m
    @user-wv5fq8di2m25 күн бұрын

    Excellent craftsmanship! I'm envious of the skills.

  • @graemeballantyne462
    @graemeballantyne4622 ай бұрын

    What an amazing, painstaking, skilful piece of work that is. Watching this makes me realise what valuable and treasured possessions such hand made instruments would be. I imagine that such a bow could last a lifetime or longer and they must have been - and must still be - very expensive to make. Truly a master craftsman at work.

  • @dariodarecki
    @dariodarecki2 ай бұрын

    Jestem pełen podziwu ,dla Twojej cierpliwości i determinacji w budowie tego łuku. Pozdrawiam.

  • @FactsRiddles-ly6cf
    @FactsRiddles-ly6cfАй бұрын

    Incredible! Loved it!

  • @Shoemyster1
    @Shoemyster1Ай бұрын

    Gorgeous bow! In complete awe of your skills!

  • @konstantinbarin833
    @konstantinbarin8332 ай бұрын

    It is very difficult and very nice in the same time work! Thanks for sharing.👍❤

  • @user-bg6wg6wd7e
    @user-bg6wg6wd7e2 ай бұрын

    Это титанический труд! Браво!

  • @skyfox9768
    @skyfox97682 ай бұрын

    Great tutorial! You can learn from an experienced bow maker. I am still building my first composite bow.

  • @user-ck2yu2cd1o
    @user-ck2yu2cd1oАй бұрын

    Сколько муторной ручной работы зато какое чудесное оружие Восхитительно !!!!

  • @thegioiongvat-animal9383
    @thegioiongvat-animal9383Ай бұрын

    A beautiful bow. I really like it.Thank you for sharing.

  • @jimprier326
    @jimprier3262 ай бұрын

    An incredible accomplishment! I like the blending of traditional techniques with use of some modern tools as well

  • @Noble909
    @Noble9092 ай бұрын

    Wow, that technique with the twine and wedges is super cool. Nicely done!

  • @siem8160
    @siem81602 ай бұрын

    This bow is a magnificent work of art that belongs in a museum. Incredible work by the artist.

  • @simonpoliushkin774
    @simonpoliushkin7742 ай бұрын

    I wish you more subscribers, your stuff is amazing! Your mastery is incredible and everything is filmed really well👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • @VocalMabiMaple


    2 ай бұрын

    Dude has 2 videos and each one is well above 100k. I think he will do fine if he keeps making videos this good.

  • @michaelhosaflook9944
    @michaelhosaflook994422 күн бұрын

    Amazing work! A deadly work of art.

  • @humphreybogart4862
    @humphreybogart48622 ай бұрын

    Absolutely stunning piece of art! Thanks for the wonderful video, I enjoyed every second of it, the explanations in the subtitles work great! Lieben Dank aus Österreich.

  • @andiswerkstatt-ow4uw


    2 ай бұрын

    Herzlichen Dank! Grüsse aus der Schweiz.

  • @prof.victormartins7762
    @prof.victormartins7762Ай бұрын

    How much would you sell your bow for? I imagine it costing at least 10,000. The amount of hours and work you put into this craft. It's amazing, really! Wonderful job Andi!

  • @TheNordCat
    @TheNordCat2 ай бұрын


  • @dimhoLten
    @dimhoLten2 ай бұрын

    This was absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  • @andiswerkstatt-ow4uw


    2 ай бұрын

    With pleasure!

  • @theophilejarcet3928
    @theophilejarcet392810 сағат бұрын

    Beautiful work Alex, enjoyed the precision and dedication in the process. Do you sometimes do some workshops around? Thanks, keep it up

  • @MrTechMusicGuy
    @MrTechMusicGuy2 ай бұрын

    Ultimate MASTERPIECE created by a TRUE MASTER CRAFTSMAN... ❤ Loved your video and efforts taken to create this Masterpiece....

  • @sergiotorquato4195
    @sergiotorquato41952 ай бұрын

    Simplesmente espetacular....

  • @alexavdeev1158
    @alexavdeev1158Ай бұрын

    Wow, what an AMAZING piece of art!!! Beautiful bow man! It will probably last for generations!!! Respect brother! 👍💪Thank you for the video!

  • @rjgoff1194
    @rjgoff1194Ай бұрын

    Really awesome work I am flabbergasted. What a magnificent finished product. I would love to be able to have a horn bow to hunt with

  • @drpjvarier
    @drpjvarier2 ай бұрын

    My god you made me watch the video without even skipping a bit.... The amount of precision and detailing is mind-blowing.... Appreciate your dedication👍👍

  • @hafizhhaikal851
    @hafizhhaikal8512 ай бұрын

    Awesome bow! And that clamp design is absolutely genius!

  • @sandyjaising820
    @sandyjaising820Ай бұрын

    Patience n Precision creates a Masterpiece..... Luv the work bro... Excellent 👍👍👍👍👍

  • @sdpy15
    @sdpy152 ай бұрын

    Beautiful workmanship, i mever would have considered using horn as part of the composite. I also appreciated the time put into properly forming the limbs and training its shape. It took one composite bow for me to build to realize how much goes into getting a perfect form.

  • @Squarepeg57
    @Squarepeg572 ай бұрын

    Truly amazing work! Well done! Thanks for posting. This earned a new subscriber 👍

  • @user-vl3tn6qd5i
    @user-vl3tn6qd5iАй бұрын

    Круто, очень круто! Просто золотые руки 👌👍💥

  • @pedromiguel3227
    @pedromiguel32272 ай бұрын

    This was captivating to watch. I’m so happy that people like you are keeping these skills from being lost. Thank you.

  • @jaguarholly7156
    @jaguarholly71562 ай бұрын

    That looks like one awesome bow. Your skills as a bowyer are very impressive.


    Excellent work ❤

  • @RodrigoRojas-mc8ge
    @RodrigoRojas-mc8ge2 ай бұрын

    Hermoso trabajo lo mejor que he visto.

  • @ssatassovich9745
    @ssatassovich97452 ай бұрын

    Это же надо иметь такое терпение, молодец.

  • @Brazmann021
    @Brazmann021Ай бұрын

    Man, this was absolutely wonderful to watch. I cant imagine how it feels to actualy shoot it lol Congratulations on your work, Andi

  • @TheElektroMartn
    @TheElektroMartn2 ай бұрын

    Absolut großartige Arbeit 🤩 selten solche Perfektion gesehen 👍

  • @user-dy1ut5fn3r
    @user-dy1ut5fn3r2 ай бұрын

    It really look alike with Traditional Koreamn Bow from the process to material. It is really skillful of you to learn to make a bow! :D

  • @DingbatToast
    @DingbatToast2 ай бұрын

    This is stunning craftsmanship ❤ And here's me annoyed when my order isn't delivered next-day!

    @SONGSTICKS2 ай бұрын

    WOW !! What amazing craftsmanship. That bow is an absolute work of art !

  • @EchoesOfTheDeep
    @EchoesOfTheDeep16 күн бұрын

    Stunning and incredible work !

  • @arseniosanchez
    @arseniosanchez2 ай бұрын

    😮 That is quite a work of art!!! 🙏Blessings and thanks for sharing it.😉👍

  • @shephherd
    @shephherd2 ай бұрын

    Enviable workshop, excellent craftsmanship and brilliant result ❤. Edit : outstanding!

  • @user-tl2iz2gf3u
    @user-tl2iz2gf3u2 ай бұрын

    Ваша работа очень подробная . Большое спасибо за показанный вами опыт.

  • @zufarshafeev5200


    10 күн бұрын

    Ещё бы титры на кирилице

  • @swordfishtrigger
    @swordfishtrigger2 ай бұрын

    i just want to really thank you for using a period accurate glue. i watch a lot of craftsmanship youtube and every time i see someone use the chemical compound resin it breaks my heart a little.

  • @thundertwonk1090
    @thundertwonk10902 ай бұрын

    This feels less like bowmaking and more like engineering. The different parts and how they all go and function is insanely meticulous. These bows must be extremely expensive, but you know they're worth every penny and then some.

  • @dalejones4186
    @dalejones418618 күн бұрын

    Question? How did you learn these techniques and trades? Love to watch your videos. Very informative and enjoyable. Thanks

  • @bencorn8041
    @bencorn8041Ай бұрын

    Does it keep you awake at night pondering how this process was developed so long ago. And the understanding, skill and craftsmanship those people had. You are very knowledgeable and skilled. Thank you

  • @jazzmusician46
    @jazzmusician462 ай бұрын

    I just discovered your channel and subscribed. You are an amazing craftsman! Thanks for sharing your talent. Your work is just beautiful. 🏹

  • @andiswerkstatt-ow4uw


    2 ай бұрын

    Thank you!

  • @ruangtenang222
    @ruangtenang2222 ай бұрын

    Hello there, this is very impressive. Is there any way i could take a look at the measurements for the woods/mould ?

  • @ohdubwest7533
    @ohdubwest75332 ай бұрын

    What an amazing display of craftsmanship! What do you estimate the draw strength to be? It seems to have plenty of impact at 65 meters.

  • @andiswerkstatt-ow4uw


    2 ай бұрын

    Thank you! The draw weight at 28 inches/48 pounds.

  • @prettyboys4265
    @prettyboys42652 ай бұрын

    This is beautiful, amazing work! Thanks for your hard work!😊🙏👍👍👍

  • @ZephrusPrime
    @ZephrusPrime2 ай бұрын

    Absolute stunning piece of work you have crafted! Simple and beautiful. I was not expecting you to shoot it Mediterranean. I was thinking you would shot it with thumb or Slavic.

  • @CD-kg9by
    @CD-kg9by2 ай бұрын

    Tolles Video, sowohl inhaltlich, als auch vom Schnitt her. Der Herstellungsprozess ist absolut faszinierend, allein schon wegen der verschiedenen Materialien steckt dahinter viel Fachwissen und Erfahrung. Ich hätte gerne einen Bogen in der Art, aber ich muss gestehen, dass ich vor dem "Besehnen" schon etwas Angst hätte, weil in den kurzen Armen doch sehr viel Power steckt. Wie sieht es eigentlich mit der Pflege solcher Bögen aus? Muss man sich Gedanken wegen Feuchtigkeit/Regen machen?

  • @vivalafiaga
    @vivalafiagaАй бұрын

    you sir, are a true artisan. this was an absolute pleasure to watch

  • @marekmarko2274
    @marekmarko22742 ай бұрын

    It’s amazing how you build this. It’s also fascinating people have been building this bows so many years ago. It’s so advanced compare to long bow. The sound of the string is like nothing else to compare.

  • @DRay-or4tc
    @DRay-or4tc2 ай бұрын

    Most enjoyable watching a Master at work. Fantastically skilled Sir.

  • @turningwood720
    @turningwood720Ай бұрын

    Guten Tag Andi, das ist ganz große Handwerkskunst, was du hier zeigst. Ich ziehe den Hut vor der Präzision, Liebe zum Detail, der Wahl der Materialien + Werkzeuge und deinen erworbenen Fertigkeiten. Dieser Bogen ist das beste, was ich bisher sah. Vor vielen Jahren baute ich mal eine Anzahl normannische Langbögen und weiß daher, was für Arbeit allein im Erwerb des erforderlichen Wissens steckt. Jetzt beschäftige ich mich immer noch mit Holz. Allerdings drechsle ich seit einigen Jahren. Viele Grüße Egbert

  • @andiswerkstatt-ow4uw


    Ай бұрын

    Hallo Egbert, herzlichen Dank für Deinen tollen Kommentar! Grüsse Andi

  • @gamecharque2755
    @gamecharque27552 ай бұрын

    A true artist! Amazing!

  • @i.r.-vc6le
    @i.r.-vc6le2 ай бұрын

    Wieder einmal sehr beeindruckend zu sehen, wie du dein Wissen und deine Fähigkeiten in die Tat umgesetzt. Mein allergrößter Respekt und ich bin stolz einen Bogen von dir zu besitzen 👍. LG I.R

  • @matikaz100
    @matikaz1002 ай бұрын

    That's a lot of work. Thank you for sharing your craft. that's amazing!

  • @ensign_Zadov
    @ensign_Zadov2 ай бұрын

    I've always been amazed at the power of this glue.

  • @MakerBoyOldBoy
    @MakerBoyOldBoy2 ай бұрын

    Fascinating craftsmanship based upon millennials old techniques and materials from the Far East and Steppe regions. The original horn bows functioned wonderfully in desert regions but came apart in the humid regions. They were remarkably different than this example. I suspect that as with other surviving ancient crafts there were necessary modifications to adapt to changing situations. There area many online histories of the original horn bows and may be some videos of historic recreations. This tutorial is a welcomed documentation that the ancient ways are still viable. My greatest thank to this remarkable bowyer.

  • @ferdig3349


    2 ай бұрын

    Hi The reason why bows break in humid regions is that the glue used in bows was obtained from a fish species and that glue dissolved when it came into contact with water.

  • @aal-e-ahmadhussain3123
    @aal-e-ahmadhussain31232 ай бұрын

    That was beautiful. Not the first bow you’ve made. Would be great to see more bows

  • @joncotn
    @joncotn2 ай бұрын

    Wow! This is truly incredible to watch

  • @sugarcoated556
    @sugarcoated5562 ай бұрын

    Wow, only 2 videos on your channel so far and both of them are absolute bangers! I cant wait to see what you do with this channel!