The willow Indian bow's sharp edges are rasped smooth and its ends cut narrow for nocks. Andres Albañes uses a knife blade to plane the bow and polish it. Albañes is pictured in the 1990s stringing the completed primitive weapon. In the bottom photo, he is pictured drawing an arrow on the finished willow bow.
PRIMITIVE INDIAN BOWMAKING DEMONSTRATION Pictures
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