Poor Folk Bows

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We are happy to announce that we were able to acquire PoorFolkBows.com. A site about making your own bow on a budget. We believe that this will be a valuable addition to our site and really admire the work that Poor Folk Bows has done in the past.

Their work and tutorials on budget-friendly bow making are great, and we’d like to expand on it with our own unique insights. Please check out PoorFolkBows – now part of BowAddicted.com if you’re interested in learning more about this process  

In addition, we would like to thank the team at PoorFolkBows.com for creating such a great resource. We’ll work hard to keep information current and provide even more value for our readers. In particular, we would like to thank Sam Harper, the original creator of PoorFolkBows.com. We would have loved to republish his original content, but we couldn’t reach him, so we decided to link to all of his articles instead (Copyright issues, you know?)

Here is a link to all of his content, posted on Reddit – Organized and collected by Oscar van Zanten.


If you follow the dropbox link you´ll find the following articles and tutorials:

Feel free to check out the great tutorials and resources that Sam and his team have put together!

Red Oak Board Bow Build Along

“This is a tutorial showing how to make a cheap bow with a minimum of tools. If you’ve never made a bow before, this is a good place to start.”

And here´s the link to the full article: https://web.archive.org/web/20200109112735/http://poorfolkbows.com/oak.htm

English Longbow Build-Along 

“This was my first attempt at an English longbow.”

Full article:


Another English Longbow Build-Along 

“This was my second attempt at an English longbow. I like this one better.” Here´s the link to the full article:


Bamboo-Backed Ipe Bow Build Along 

“I suppose the information in this one would be just as useful if the belly wood were Osage or bamboo.” Full article here:


Fiberglass Laminated Bow Build Along 

“This is probably not the best build-along I’ve done, but it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.” Here´s the full article:


Bamboo Recurve Build Along

Link to full article: http://poorfolkbows.com/brecurve1.htm

Singapore Bamboo Backed Osage Recurve Build Along 

“A guy in Singapore sent me some bamboo in exchange for me doing this build-along.”

Full article: https://web.archive.org/web/20200122060909/http://poorfolkbows.com/robin.htm

How to Dye a Bamboo Backed Bow 

Part 1
Part 2

Full article: https://web.archive.org/web/20200122060904/http://poorfolkbows.com/dyebamboo.htm

How to Make a Flemish Bowstring

“How I make arrows This build-along did not go smoothly, but you may still be able to learn something, or just enjoy the adventure.”

Here´s the full article: https://web.archive.org/web/20200122061006/http://poorfolkbows.com/flemish1.htm

How to Make a Spine Tester

“This tutorial shows how to make a simple and inexpensive spine tester. It also goes into the difference between static and dynamic spine and how to estimate the proper spine for your bow. And it shows several other spine testers.”

The full article is here: https://web.archive.org/web/20200223143617/http://poorfolkbows.com/spine1.htm

Bow Woods 

“This is a list of my opinion about various woods I’ve tried in bow limbs.”


Why I hate Purple Heart



“This is a list of my opinion about various finishes I’ve tried.”



“These are my thoughts on various glues used in making bows and arrows, their advantages and disadvantages, and where to get them.”

How to Make a Cheap and Easy Hot Box

Here´s the link to the full article:



“You can back a bow with almost anything, but some things are better than others….”

Full article: https://web.archive.org/web/20200122060935/http://poorfolkbows.com/backings.htm

How to Take Care of your Bow


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I am the founder and chief editor here at BowAddicted. I love my kids, archery, and the outdoors! It's been an amazing journey so far with some ups and downs, but it's worth it to spend time outside with friends and family.

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