A 5’3” long bow for my nephew. I made the limbs of the bow out of one continuous piece of red oak, planed down to 7/16, and glued on a thicker piece of red oak to shape the handle. The bow pulls a 50lb draw at 28 inches. The tilling stick helps spot where the bow needs more shaping and “exercises” the bow in its flexed position. The temporary tilling string is hemp with the knocks lashed on to the limbs of the bow.
I made a continuos-loop string and served it with blue nylon. Very fun but slightly dangerous toy (I missed my hay target the first few shots from 25 ft away and pierced right through the rim of the plastic hay bucket). Looking forward to my nephew’s next visit so I can practice with him!