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How to Make a Counter-Twist Bow String With Polypropylene Twine

Hey everybody, I've been getting a lot of requests for a simple bow string making video so here it is!

Today we'll be making a simple counter-twist bowstring that works great for longbows, simple recurves, older traditional bows and PVC pipe bows. Specifically, we'll be making a two-loop string. If you want to make a long string for tillering bows, just don't build the second loop.

While I normally use B-50 Dacron () for most of my strings, there has been a lot of interest in inexpensive string material for youth bows and PVC pipe bows. I've been using polypropylene twine with great success. It's not nearly as strong as Dacron, though most Dacron strings are very overbuilt anyway.

Polypropylene twine is very low-stretch and it is important to use enough of it to build a strong string. While Dacron strings rarely break, a polypropylene string has a higher chance of doing so, so make a couple and replace them if they start fraying or stretching excessively.


Thanks for watching, here's a link to my string serving tool and string serving videos now that you have your own bowstring.

 (String Serving Tool)

 (How to Serve a Bowstring)

Feel free to check out my books!
Simple PVC Pipe Bows: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Forming PVC Pipe into Effective and Compact Archery Bows 
The Impossible Bow: Building Archery Bows With PVC Pipe  
The Backyard Bowyer: The Beginner's Guide to Building Bows 
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