Making a Bow Stringer
A bow stringer is a basic accessory for the archer that can be made using common materials in a very short time.
6 feet of nylon parachute cord (available at Walmart and camping stores)
4 by 8 inch piece of medium weight leather (suede works well)
2 number 0 (1/4 inch hole) brass grommets
Cut out the leather using the two patterns provided. Fold the leather pieces according to fig. A. Mark and punch a hole through the center of all three layers of the leather. Do this to both pieces. Install a grommet through the holes in each piece (fig. B). Thread the parachute cord through the grommet, under flap A and back through the grommet as shown in Fig. C. Secure the cord using two half hitches as shown. Repeat for the other end. Your bow stringer is now ready for use.
To use your stringer you must start by placing your bowstring on the bow in a relaxed position. This is done by placing one loop of the bow string over the bow tip, and sliding the loop down the bow limb toward the hand grip. Next take the other string loop and place it over the other bow tip (see Fig. D) and seat it in the groove cut in the bow tip. The bow stringer will have a pocket at each end. Place the deepest of the pockets over the tip of the bow that has the string in the groove. Take the other end of the bow stringer and place it over the other bow tip (Fig. E). With one hand, hold the bow at the hand grip with the front facing up and the string and bow stringer hanging down. Place one of your feet on the middle of the bow stringer (Fig F). Pull up on the bow so that the bow stringer flexes the bow enough for you to slide the string into place in the groove at the bow tip (Fig G). Check to make sure that the string is resting in the grooves at both ends of your bow and slowly release the pressure on the bow. Remove the bow stringer and your bow has been properly strung. To unstring your bow you follow this process in reverse.
This article is reprinted from Issue Number 8 of the Muster, by gracious permission of the editor, Lord Brandon Smythe.