Learning how to make a flemish twist bow string is a piece of cake.
One aspect of traditional archery that attracts many shooters is its simplicity. A simple stick and string crafted together make a beautiful and useful tool for hunting and sustenance. The first bows date back tens of thousands of years, and are still just as effective as they ever were. The intriguing thing is today we can still make the hunting equipment people used for generations to stay alive. It's not surprising that traditional archery draws people who enjoy making their own gear for the field.
Making your own traditional gear requires an abundance of knowledge. From bows and arrows, to broadheads and everything else, it can seem a little daunting to a beginner. The best way to learn how to make your own traditional archery gear is to start slowly and work your way up. An easy project to start with it twisting your own bow strings. One easy way to twist a bow string is the flemish twist.
Watch this straight forward video in which hardcore traditionalist Clay Hayes demonstrates how to make a flemish twist bow string.
Easy as it can be.
The cool thing about this process is that once you learn how to make a flemish twist bow string you can make other cordages as well. I've personally processed cordages of yucca, bark, grasses, and sinew using the same method described by Clay in the video. The mantra "Twist away, pull towards" works for every cordage out there.
In the video Clay mentioned the string he was working was composed of B-50 string. Three Rivers Archery is an excellent retail store for those involved with traditional archery and those looking to make their own gear. They have several different materials to choose from. The B-50 highlighted in the video is an older material and believed to have more stretch and less performance. Newer materials such as fast flight and D97 have less stretch, more performance, but can damage older bows. You'll have to do some research as to what string is best for your bow.
Like I said, learning how to make a flemish twist bow string is an easy chore to learn. If you are thinking about getting involved in making your own archery equipment, it is a great place to start.