How to Make a Bow From Tent Poles

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How to Make a Bow From Tent Poles
The hollow poles used to set up a tent can also be used to build a functional bow. (tent on the forest image by Galyna Andrushko from

Surviving in the wilderness can often be a matter of improvising the tools you need to survive out of items at your disposal. If you have extra pieces of tent pole available to you, but are in need of a way of acquiring food, you can create a bow out of the poles and some excess poly cord. The bow is a quick and easy creation, and can be used to fire commercial arrows, or improvised arrows carved out of wood.

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Things you need

  • Tent poles
  • Poly cord
  • Electrical tape

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  1. 1

    Take two pieces of pole from the tent's collection of pole pieces, being sure that one has connectors on both ends, while the other has a connector on only one end.

  2. 2

    Slide the end of the pole without a connector on it into one of the connectors on the pole with connectors on both ends, to create a length of pole two sections long, with a connector at each end.

  3. 3

    Fold the poly cord in half.

  4. 4

    Position the poly cord over your leg, and begin rolling the cord, starting near the fold, so that it twists around itself. Continue for the length of the cord, then tie the ends together.

  5. 5

    Pass the poly cord through the hollow tent poles, and allow it to hang with an even amount of extra string at each end.

  6. 6

    Wrap the outside of the poles with electrical tape, with extra passes near the ends and centre of the poles.

  7. 7

    Pull the two ends of cord toward each other until the bow has reached your desired relaxed flex.

  8. 8

    Secure the ends of cord together with a half-hitch knot to tie off your bow's cord.

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