You need to procure some PVC. And just what is PVC, you may be wondering? It is that white plastic pipe stuff that they use for plumbing systems. Duh! Anybody that is going to make PVC projects should already know that.
All right then. What can you make out of the PVC? Well, you can make furniture, a bed, chairs, all types of things. I've even seen a raft made out of the stuff. But in our case, we're going to be making a PVC recurve bow.
What? A bow made out of plastic pipe? How is that possible? Will it work? Is it expensive? Does it require sorcery, witchcraft, 24 singing druids or any other of the dark arts?
Nope. Pretty much all it requires is some pipe and a heat source. Some pipe like this.
The guy in the video has lots of different videos on youtube showing how to make lots of different types of bows out of plastic pipe. We were going to make more than one, so I went to Wal-Mart and purchased a heat gun for $22.00, I think. And I tell you what, that sucker comes in handy for quite a few different things besides making bows. And also, we went ahead and made a wooden flattening jig like the guy in the video has. It was super simple to make. We took a board, 1 inch by 4 inches, 2 feet long. At one end, we glued two small pieces of wood, ¾ inch high, just like he has in the video. On the other side of the board, we glued two more pieces of wood onto it, 1 inch high. With that one jig, we are set up to make bows out of ¾ inch pipe, or we can make even stronger ones outof 1 inch pipe. Super simple.
Anyway, start heating and bending like the guy in the video did. Pretty soon you'll end up with your very own handmade, exquisitely manufactured, perfectly shaped recurve bow, just like the one in the picture below.
Like I said before, the guy in the video can make all types of bows of PVC pipe. He even has a video where he makes an 80 pound longbow. That's kind of impressive, for plastic pipe. Here is one where he makes a 50 pound takedown bow.
Check out some of his other videos to see what all he makes.
Now, what else can you make out of PVC pipe? Look around on the Internet a little bit to get some ideas, or you can even buy a book that shows how to make all types of things. I checked it out at the library once. I was wondering if PVC pipe would make a very good shovel. So we decided to find out.
I told them to try it out, so they dug around a little bit just outside the shop. It was sandy soil, but it seemed to work well. It didn't even try to bend or fold in half. It might be handy to toss into a backpack or something.
What else can you make out of PVC? Why don't you try it and see?