How to build a bow string or cable? With practice you’ll get good at it but it will still take you about 20 minutes create a string, once you learn how to build a bow string. You’ll need more time to install the center serving, nock locators and peep so make sure to charge enough to compensate you for time and materials.
BCY and Apple Archery Products have a new DVD entitled “String and Cable Making: A Complete Guide” that I produced with Hayman Video Productions. Both companies have the video for sale through their web sights: AppleArchery.com and bcyfibers.com. I’m sure you’ll find this DVD a real help if you plan to build a bow string or if you have a customer that wants to build his own. (fig 21)
In your busy season you may not have the time to build a bow string. For those times you can keep a stock of pre-made strings of common lengths and make only those which need to be custom lengths. The advantage of making your own strings is the fact that you are only 20-minutes from a new string for any customer either before or during the hunting season.
If you want to learn how to build a bow string there are several things you should consider. Just like any other endeavor, a certain set of skills are required to create a top end product. To learn how to build a bow string at home is going to take some trial and error. Here are some considerations to consider before you learn how to build a bow string. Custom compound bowstrings are made from dedicated crew specializing in nothing but custom compound bowstrings. When you make a living being the best at a true niche market, you die quickly unless you get it right. But what are they getting right? The list is long and substantial.
All the stretch is eliminated from a set of custom compound bowstrings and this means timing issues are eliminated, peep twist is a non issue, and your arrows hit the same spot for years on end. Bowstring stretch is common occurrence on OEM and low end bowstrings. Cheaper materials stretch and ‘creep’, while high end custom compound bowstrings will not. Buy high end and never worry about all of the problems string creep creates. You will need to learn how to properly stress and stretch the raw goods before you learn how to build a bow string and it is not as easy as it may sound.
Ever watch a guy bite his peep to get it set for the shot? Ridiculous. Cheap strings stretch, and when they do your peep moves out of alignment. Bit and twist if you like, but your custom compound bowstrings are gauranteed not to twist after a 10 shot break in period. Most peole find after they learn how to build a bow string that the string never really ‘settles’. This creates a lot of problems and you don’t get the ‘set it and forget it’ set up we all want. When that low light buck steps out at 20 yards you want the view through your peep to be plain as day. Pray you don’t learn how to build a bow string that lets you down at go time.
Your stock strings are like a chubby girl. They are okay and will get the job done. Custom bowstrings rock. They are a step above and everyone will see the difference in your groups.
All this adds up to a set of strings that are the same at 110 in the desert as the are at 40 below in the arctic. They never change and every shot sequence is identical. This consistency is what builds accuracy and confidence. A set of custom compound bowstrings will have you shooting better than ever, and they are the key tight groups in any scenario, and if you are going to be successful when you learn how to build a bow string, you are going to keep creeping up that learning curve to achieve success.