I built this bow from a $5 red oak board that I bought from Lowe's. The board was 1"X2"X6' which is actually 3/4"X1 3/4"X6'. I cut the board to 68" and measured 3 feet in the middle. This middle section I left full width. I then measured and marked a 1/2" section on the ends of the board for my tip width. I connected the marks to create a constant taper from the middle section to the tips and then cut off the waste pieces. I then cut what are know as "pin nocks" into the tips for the string. I then gradually removed wood from the belly (the side toward the archer when shooting the bow) until the limbs were bending evenly and smoothly at my draw length of 28". I ended up with a bow that pulls 43 pounds at 28". The handle has a short shaped piece of red oak glued on and an arrow rest made of several layers of leather superglued together and shaped. I covered it with leather and added rabbit fur to the ends of the handle and a horse hair tassel to the upper limb tip. I have been shooting it now since about 2005.