5th March 2013: Bow Progress I'm going for the makeshift long bow she gets first in the game. There's a brilliant reference in my game guide.
It is basically just a bunch of sticks tied together with some string, so I got 5 rather thin sticks, taped them together at points first with parcel tape, then covered that with masking tape and then covered THAT with double sided sticky tape and carefully wrapped string around the sticks over the tape to cover it, before adding a messy layer of string over the top of that just to add to the 'crude bow' effect. The original maker of this wouldn't have had neatness in mind, more survival.
The actual string that you pull back is two pieces of string wrapped around each other as when I first strung the bow I used only one and that snapped quite easily. Two together seems to have the desired amount of strength.
I just need to add the rest of the string over the masking tape now.