I have been working on a flat bow (for archery) for about 2 months now. Not 2 months solid, mind, but a few hours on the weekends. All told I had about 14 hours into it.
Now here is the kicker. I got done shaping it, sanding it, sanding again and checking and rechecking my work. Everyone said it was very pretty for a first time bow maker (a bow maker is known as a bowyer).
I string it up with a string I also made myself with the help of a guild master string dude, and pull it back about 10 inches, and not only does it break, but it breaks in 2 places. Both the limbs came completely off.
So, what did I learn from this experience? Well, for starters, I’m going to be checking that the wood grain is going the correct way. Second, even though I spent 14 hours on it, I think it was a bit rushed. I will take my time next time and do it (hopefully) right.
Although, I thought I did it right this time, so that may not count for too much next time. At least I didn’t get a splinter in my eye. So I guess that’s something.