In today’s article, I will show you one of the methods of stringing and unstringing traditional bows. A step-through method that I’m talking about is the most preferred by me. I find it very easy and pretty safe.It is useful for stringing all type of bows. Nevertheless, it requires a bit of strength and I wouldn’t recommend it to very powerful bows.
It’s worth mentioning there are a few other methods including these with the use of additional gear, but in this video we’re focusing on the basic one. It is slightly more complicated when it comes to recurve bows. But the process is always the same.
Firstly, I put the bowstring loop through the upper tip and slide it down a bit. Then I put the second loop in the bottom nocks. Now I place the bottom limb tips just above my right foot. It’s time to step through the bow with the left leg. Before stringing, the bottom limb needs to be checked as the string have to stay in the grooves.
I place the bow’s handle below my hip. I use the left hand to push the tips and the right one to move the bowstring up to the nocks. When it comes to recurve bows, it’s extremely important to keep the bowstring in the grooves, as slipping off might lead to breaking or twisting them.
Unstringing works pretty much the same. I step-through the bow, put the bottom limp above my right foot and push with the left hand with the right one taking the string off from the nocks. Using this method, keep the tips away from face in case of if the tips would slip of from your hand and just bounce back. Also pushing tips avoid any twisting as it can cause permanent issues related with string alignment.
That’s pretty much all you need to know to use this method. I’m using it for a few years now and never had any issues or unexpected accidents. Nevertheless, I am aware it takes some time to get used to the whole process and at first it might seem to be very strength-requiring. But as they say, practice makes perfect. Thank you for watching, guys!
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