Bow & Archery tips
Totally just getting started here. It's not a costume, but since it's a major accessory for the movie, we're going to carry a bit here.
Until we get organized here, see our LOTR Costume yahoo archives
The bows used in the move were not real. They were rubber. Legolas, and other "dry fired" there bows. That means that they only pretend to shot the arrows. The arrows are added later digitally. Also makes it safer for whoever he's shooting towards.
What it might be in real life... these are specs
it looks like Legolas shoots a longbow with reflex bend through the handle. Or..and english longbow with recurve tips
Legolas shoots a long recurve and Aragorn shoots a flat longbow. Since
they are men I would say that a working bow for them would be in the 60 - 80
Decorate a bow like Legolas' Lothlorien Bow
Ranger Bow from Scratch on a Budget
Iused this site quite a bit:http://www.primitiveways.com/index.html . They have three or four articles just on bow making, and other associated articles. Of course, out there on the web are many sites that may help also. (See below)
For this project I used a 7 ft stave of Carolina White Pine (which cost me about $2.50 at Home Depot) and two planing rasps with removable blades (about $10.00 together) and a knife. On one site I checked out, the bowyer made all his bows just with a butcher knife! It takes alot of elbow grease but was alot of fun to do.
The rasps are like a plane, as they carry the shavings away with each stroke. The ones I used have replicable blades that are angled like a razor, but some of the sites I have been to says that a good file will do the same thing, it is really a bit of trial and error
Bow and Archery Links
Paper machee, clothes hangers and packing tape
Jedi Elf Queen has a technique written up on how to use simple supplies to make your own decorative elven bow
Just getting this section started...
Please feel free to contribute tips and pictures!
This page was last updated 11/24/09