How to Make a Recurve BowString- In 6 Easy Steps!


One of the simplest elements of constructing your own bow is making the bowstring. Though there are a few various procedures for making a bowstring Beginners still wonder How to make a Recurve bowstring properly.

So, how does one go about making a recurve bowstring? The bowstring is made by twisting strands of stringing material together with a bowstring jig. The serving material is then used to hold and protect the bowstring’s loops and center from wear and tear.

This is a rather simple procedure to follow. So, let’s get started on the procedure straight away!


Easiest Guideline of Making Recurve Bow String- In 6 Easy Steps!

How to Make a Recurve Bow String

The bowstring is by far the most important component of the bow. These strings are made up of multiple thinner strands that are joined together to form a strong cable that can withstand the physical stresses encountered during a shot. Despite the importance of the bowstring, it is easy to construct one yourself. But how do you go about doing it? Today, we’re going to go over the specific measures to take.

Two important elements will be determined by bowstring material: arrow speed and creep. A bowstring is made up of numerous tiny fibers woven together to form a single string. More fibers add weight and delay your arrow, while fewer fibers generate faster arrow speeds.

So, do you know how to make the best bowstring ever?

Let’s begin with a comprehensive list of all the materials you’ll need to make your own recurve bowstring:

  • Stringing material
  • Serving material
  • Bowstring jig
  • String serving jig
  • Bow square
  • Extra string
  • Bowstring wax
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors or a knife
  • Pencil & paper

The cornerstone of your recurve bowstring is the stringing material.

Let’s walk through a step-by-step guide to making your own recurve bowstring now that we’ve covered the necessary ingredients and where to buy them.

This manual will be divided into sections that correspond to each stage of the procedure:

Taking Measurements

Before beginning the process of building a bowstring, you must first determine the length of the bowstring and the number of strands required to complete it.

To determine the required length for the bowstring, subtract 3.5 inches from the length of your bow in inches. This will provide you with the proper length. The bowstring should be 66.5 inches long for a bow that is 70 inches long. Always leave 12 to 14 inches extra to allow for adjusting.

The number of strands of stringing material required to make the bowstring is determined by the draw weight of your bow and the stringing material’s breaking point. On the canister containing the stringing material, the breaking point should be indicated. Dacron, for example, has a standard breaking point of 10 lbs.

Assuming we’re aiming to string a beginning recurve bow with a draw weight of 25 pounds, we can now calculate the number of individual strands required. To construct a single bowstring, these will be twisted together.

Take your bow’s draw weight (25 lbs) and multiply it by four (100). Then divide this by the stringing material’s breaking point (10 lbs), which gets us 10. To build a sufficiently sturdy bowstring, we’ll need to twist at least ten strands together.

Forming The String

It’s time to create the bowstring now that we have the necessary measurements.

Set up the bowstring jig so that all four posts are parallel. A, B, C, and D should be written on the posts. The A post should be on the line’s far left, and the D post should be on the far right.

Measure the length of the bowstring between these two posts and fasten the device with the locking bolt.

Tie the stringing material’s running end to post A. After that, wind the material down to post D, around it, and up to post A. This is made up of two strands. Continue winding until you’ve reached the desired number of strands. To get ten strands, we need to perform five complete rotations around posts A and D. Without loosing tension, cut the string away from the spool of stringing material.

Untangle the string at post A and tie it to the opposite end of the cut string. While doing this, keep the string taut.

Forming the Bow Loops

The bow loops at each end of the bowstring must now be made. These are used to attach the bowstring to the bow.

Loop a spare piece of string through the notch at the tip of your bow’s limb and tie the two ends together as though they were one central string running down the bow.

Measure the width of your bow’s limb at the place where the two strands cross. This will determine the loop size, which should be between 2.5 and 3.5 inches in diameter.

To make it easier to string your bow and distinguish which end is which, make one loop larger than the other.

Serving The Bow Loops

Return the four posts to their original rectangular position while keeping the bowstring in the jig. A and B should be on the left, while C and D should be on the right. Close to post A should be the knot that connects the two ends of the stringing material.

Find the spot where posts A and B meet in the middle. Use this to figure out where the loop should go. Mark off 1.5 inches on either side of the central point between posts A and B if your loop is 3 inches in diameter. One of these marks should be about half an inch distant from your string knot.

Use a serving jig to manage the spool of your serving material. Place the serving string over the bowstring, approximately half an inch away from your knot, with about an inch of serving string lying on the top of the bowstring.

Lead the serving string underneath the bowstring and up over it. Do this ten to fifteen times. The prior inch of serving material sitting on top of the bowstring should also be looped over.

Pull the leading end of the serving string to tighten it. You can either take the serving off the spool and glue it in place, or leave it attached and fasten it with tape.

Posts A and B should be aligned in a straight line with the bowstring jig’s center bar. Make sure one side of the serving is about 1/8th of an inch longer than the other by adjusting the bowstring. Remove the excess serving string from the lead end.

Tie both sides of the bowstring together with the spool of serving material, looping over the top and below to draw both sides closer together. Begin winding the bowstring from the shorter side of the serving. Do this until the serving has looped about 3.5 inches of the bowstring together.


Obtain a new piece of string that is between four and six inches in length. At the end of the served segment, loop this over and under the part of the bowstring that begins to diverge into two strings.

Overlap this string and the bowstrings for another 10 to 15 rotations with your serving material. Cut the string and place the spool aside after pulling the spool to offer an additional couple of inches of serving thread.

Take the serving string’s cut end and loop it through the spare string’s eye. Gently pull on the spare string. The two strings will be pulled together as a result of this. Pull on the serving string once it has gone all the way through to secure the serving. Remove the surplus string lengths.

Rep these steps on the other side of the bow, serving the other bowstring loop with posts C and D.

Forming The Center Serving

We need to serve the center of the bowstring now that the two bow loops have been serviced. This will be the nocking spots, therefore it will be a high-stress location.

Twist the bowstring 10 to 15 times after removing it from the jig. Then, while keeping the string tensioned, attach it to the bow.

Determine your nocking point with your bow square.

Once you’ve located it, take a measurement 1.5 inches above it and make a note of it. Then, 3 inches below the nocking point, make another mark.

Loop the serving material around the middle of your bowstring using the steps from Steps 3 to 10 in the preceding section.

Finishing Touches

To protect the bowstring from fraying and other damage, wax it well at the end. Be generous and active, but not brusque. Take special care not to get wax on the dishes. Other ingredients may stick to the portions and alter your shots as a result.

Important Tips to remember before Making Bow String for Recurve Bow

If it takes more than 20 spins to reach your bracing height, your string is too lengthy. 15 twists equates to around half an inch on average. As a result, if you need to twirl your string 30 times, shorten it by half an inch. The normal number of turns in the string is 15.

Do not attempt to shoot with a string that is too short. The short string will put a strain on your limbs and may even break.

Before stringing, inspect your thread for fraying or flaws. If you’re unsure, don’t use the string. The majority of the time, light fraying may be remedied by waxing your string. A string that is clean, waxed, and well-maintained will last longer.

Always follow the string’s suggested life span as specified by the manufacturer. If you just want to produce one bowstring per year, avoid strings like Kevlar and Vectran, which have a short life duration.


We hope you enjoyed creating your new bowstring. You may customize the bow’s performance by using different string materials, as well as choose from a variety of distinctive color options to add flair. Most materials come in a variety of single and multi-color options; narrowing down “the appearance” can be difficult. Regardless, this is an opportunity to enhance your setup’s customization and performance. And most of all now you know how to make a recurve Bow String all by yourself!

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