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Chapter IV
Making the Bow
Part 9 of 10

The temporary nocks for the bowstring may be cut with any round file. I use a rat-tailed rasp, many of which I have imported especially for the work. They do it quicker and cleaner than it can be done otherwise; but so far I have never been able to find a hardware store in this country that has had such rasps. If the bow is to be equipped with horns—which are commonly used, but only ornamental and so not absolutely necessary—the temporary nocks for the string will subsequently be removed in shaping down the tips of the bow's limbs to receive the horns.

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"Self nocks" are where horn tips are dispensed with and nocks are cut into the body of the bow-stave itself.
  1. Belly view. Do not leave sharp edges at A which may cut bow-string.
  2. Side view. Never cut into back of bow at B, leave back flush.
  3. Side view, showing upper nock left longer, with hole drilled at C for small anchor cord to tie on bow-string and prevent its slipping down the stave.

It is now time to string up the new bow. How to do this need not be told here, as the string and stringing must be covered at length later on. The reader is requested to refer to later chapters for this information—that on the bowstring, and that on shooting.