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Take-Down Archery: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Building PVC Take-Down Bows, Take-Down Arrows, Strings and More Kindle Edition

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Length: 200 pages

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From the Author

Nicholas Tomihama is the author
of Adventures in Paracord as well as
several books on archery including The
Backyard Bowyer and Take-Down Archery.
He is an avid archer and bowyer who
enjoys spending time outdoors with his
family.
With his books and over
200 instructional videos Youtube
channel (youtube.com/
BackyardBowyer), he has spread his
love of archery and making things. Nick
is the originator of the tapered PVC pipe
bow.
Nick grew up with Paracord
and is no stranger to it. As an amateur
knifemaker and collector of Japanese
swords, he has always been fascinated
by cord wrapping and
He lives with his wife and
children in Honolulu, Hawaii on the
island of Oahu.

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  • File Size: 9523 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479348481
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009FFYOO4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nicholas Ikaika Tomihama was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. As a young child, he would occupy his free time by making his own toys from assorted houshold items, often causing messes and minor chaos. His very first bow was made at the age of five from steel coat-hangers that had been straightened and taped together with a rubber-band string. His father, a now-retired jeweler and former president of the Hawaii Jeweler's Association, encouraged his meandering interests in making things. Nicholas had a love of archery as a child and his father bought him his first bow, a lil' Banshee compound when he was ten.

At the age of 14, and with his father's help, Nicholas began his own business crafting and marketing handmade Koa wood pens. During this time, he made many attempts at building knives and spears, and occassionally steel arrowheads. In highschool, he had little interest in archery, and in his senior year at Mid-Pacific Institute, met his soon-to-be wife Angela. After graduating, he attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo with the hopes of pursuing a degree in Business Administration. After one semester and an internal awakening of a passion for the primitive, he returned to Honolulu.

Back home, he started looking for a job and was hired by Sam's Club as a Home Meal Processor. With a job and a fiance, he attempted to start a custom knifemaking business which did not make it out of the gates. After moving from his parent's house, and subsequently losing access to his father's plethora of power tools, Nicholas found himself unable to make knives or pens.

Without much to do, he turned to archery, making use of his father's fiberglass hunting recurve bow. After shooting for a few months, he began building his own bows with simple hand tools, teaching himself as he went. After some time, he was asked by a friend to make a bow for him. It was broken when another friend pulled it too far, and thankfully nobody was injured. After that, he prayed and asked God what he should do.

He had always made things to sell, but after much prayer, he now had a different calling. He contunued to build bows in his backyard, eventually teaching a few others to build their own bows. With that under his belt, he took his own experiences in making bows and began writing the Backyard Bowyer to help others who were interested in making bows but didn't know where to start. On July 6, 2009, he and Angela were married. Shortly after completing the writing of the Backyard Bowyer, his first son, Levi Tomihama, was born. The rest is history.

How to Contact Me

Email: backyardbowyer@gmail.com
If you have read my book and have any questions, comments, or pictures of your own bows, I would love to hear from you!

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 19, 2013
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I bought the kindle version to have on my droid. I found the link on his youtube account and have been following his instructions. The book itself is very informative and very detailed in his instructions on how to build these bows. I was quite surprised that it was even possible to do this. By following his instructions I have built five bows withing the last three weeks and intend to build one for all my grandkids and friends. If you have the basic skill set to work in carpentry or in the tool trade it is very easy to adapt his instructions for any modification you want. So do I recommend buying this book by all means do it.

7-30-2013

I have recently weighed my larger bows with a bow scale my friend has and the larger ones weigh in at 48lbs and 52lbs both at a 29 inch draw. Totally awesome. They are accurate and legal to hunt with in Arizona. Thanks Nick.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Pedicone on November 26, 2012
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I've never read any of his books but, I saw most if not all his videos.In my opinion, I think he is the best when it comes to showing how to build his bows. They are basically simple but very useful. I particularly like his take down survival bow. This young man has a lot of talent and knowledge in archery...Dennis Pedicone (Pennsylvania)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Laberdee on August 27, 2013
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This book has very detailed instructions to build your own take down pvc bows and arrows plus other great archery stuff like making your own strings, releases, arrow rest etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Milo W. Dodds on October 27, 2013
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A must-have book for your PVC Bow Making Library !! I usually don't make the exact bows that are in the books but I read about various techniques and methods that I can use to improve my technical skills. Basically Nicholas expands my mind on what is possible and his books have inspired me to create all sorts of bows ands slings. Let me give you some reasons to purchase this particular book: three types of bows are featured: Egyptian, Tracker and Nomad plus he covers an arrow rest, a release aid, take down arrows and he shows you how to build a bow string jig. This book is one of my very favorite ones from Nicholas Tomihama.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Blake on March 18, 2013
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Excellent information on a super cheap hobby. Once you start you will not be able to stop. The price of PVC pipe makes this a win-win even if you end up totaly destroying the pipe on your first 10 attempts.

Nick breaks-down the process quite well and provides great information on what to expect when you deviate from the lengths/diameter of pipe that he is using in the examples.

Even the releases built out of PVC are masterful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MacGyvergirl on November 11, 2013
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Great little book and fun,fun,fun. Look out small game, here I come. Don't forget to watch his videos too. He is a great little teacher and oh so cute...LOL. Thanks Nick and blessings!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Lacroix on February 21, 2013
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I just added this to my ebook collection and am greatly pleased with how it fills in lots of details. I would recommend this and "The Impossible Bow" to anyone interested in learning the skill of building PVC bows!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By eric on July 21, 2013
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A great book on how to build pvc bows by someone who has a background in building wooden bows. Adresses archers paradox and other issues affecting bow performance.
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