TI Bow Featured in Fashion Photoshoot

by Erich

I thought you guys would get a kick out of this.

My sister-in-law is a fashion designer and in a recent photoshoot for her clothing line she had featured one of my homemade self-bows. I thought the pictures look pretty cool.

This particular bow was made from a red-oak board that I bought from Home Depot. Thebow is 70″ long @ 45lb full-draw weight. Red oak isn’t the best bow wood around, but you can still make an effective and serviceable hunting bow.

If you guys are interested, I could do a series of posts on how to make one of these. Enjoy!

Copyright: Myke Yeager Photography
Make-up: Christy Lavallee
Model: Mara Adriana
Wardrobe: Kate Alves

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Comment by Scout48
2011-08-30 09:00:56

I would love to see a post on how you make your bows. I tinker with making American flat bows from time to time. They are quite functional, but there is always more to learn. I just looked one or two over and started playing, so mine are quite basic. The pictures are pretty cool, other than the stick being held beside the string in the top one. eh, that happens when you have folks posing for pictures with things they are unfamiliar with.

Keep em coming.


Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-08-31 12:11:23

LOL. True very true (I did not make that arrow 🙂 ).

I’ll definitely plan on doing a post on making a board bow. It’s a simple process and a skill that can help you fashion quick survival bows out in the field.

Comment by Herb
2011-09-01 21:07:13

I would definitely like to see something like that. My wife and I are tinkering with joining the SCA (it’s not one of those medievel fight clubs, but workshops on practical things. It’s like preppers in disguise), and one of the things that interests us. Please post!

2011-09-02 05:38:40


I’ve never heard of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, right?) before. It seems like a pretty good group to learn some great skills.

Comment by Matt in Oklahoma
2011-09-03 11:10:57

Bow, What Bow? Can’t seem to see it:)
LOL no thats nice, that dress is pretty as well. My daughter would love that, she’s burned up like me and wore a satin camo dress to the prom her mother made.
I’d like to see some more posts on the bows

Comment by sbrogdon
2011-09-07 15:45:37

I look forward to directions on bow making. When hunting season ends this fall I’ll have time to work on one. or two

Comment by Ray Alger
2011-09-09 13:38:42

Eric, great photo’s, Even though the model is using a stick for an arrow, it really tells a story. I would really like to make a simular handcrafted bow . I would love to see instructions posted.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-09-09 15:30:07

Sure thing Ray. It’s nice to see that there is a lot of interest. This will be soon coming…

Comment by Badvoodoodaddy
2011-09-13 08:17:57

I would really like to see a series on how to make your bows.

Comment by Bonnie
2011-09-14 06:45:31

I have been thinking about buying a bow, but learning how to make one would be better. Please do show us how.

Thank for all you interesting posts.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-09-14 23:36:41

You’re very welcome. I’ll definitely be featuring how to make homemade bows in some upcoming articles.

Comment by Myke Yeager
2012-01-21 20:05:15

Thank you for posting this. I also got a kick out of the model using a stick also.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-01-23 04:02:31


Thanks for the great photography. Very well done. 🙂

Comment by tm
2013-09-18 18:32:15

Did you ever end up writing a series on how to make a bow like this? I couldn’t find one in the archives.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2013-09-21 10:45:50

Hey tm. No…not yet. it’s gone lower on the priority list as of late.

Comment by Mulero
2019-11-29 13:25:14

That’s a joy to read your post and eventually clarify myself.

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