How to Put My Recurve Bow Together

Updated March 28, 2017

Recurve bows are among the simplest bows in archery. As the name suggests, the bows have a double curve along the shaft. This double curve is seen at the bow tips where they have a backward curl. The recurve on the shaft gives the bow extra power on the release, and also makes the draw slightly tougher. Putting a recurve bow together means stringing the bowstring with the bow shaft net into position.

Hold the bow shaft so it is between your legs with the bottom slightly to the back of your body. Grab the bowstring and find the top string loop. The top is usually indicated with a T or other indicator. Bring it toward the top of the bow shaft and loop it over the bow shaft's dedicated nook for the string.

Slide the bottom end of the string into the string groove on the bottom of the bow shaft. The bowstring is now stretched between the recurve bow shaft, but the bow is not yet curved by the string. You now have a two-sided bowstring on the shaft (the bowstring is composed of two strands of the cord.)

Hold the bow horizontally in front of you, making sure the bowstring is facing the ground. Slip the pocket of the bowstring tool over the top shaft tip. Step onto the lower loop of the bowstring to put tension on the string.

Pull up on the bow shaft, making the upper string go tight. In the same motion, grip the bowstring tool and slide it up so the string slides around the string groove, causing the bow shaft to curve at both ends, and bringing the strings taut and into each other.

Bring the bow to the front upright position and check that both tips of the string are in the grooves and the bowstrings are tight together. Your recurve bow is now set for use.

Things You'll Need

  • Bow stringer tool
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About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.