(8) Have the string tied to the bottom nock Having one end of the string tied directly to the bow has several benefits. First, you only have to make one loop in your string again saving effort. Secondly the string can be made almost any reasonable length and still fit the bow. Of course if your bow happens to break having a reusable string, which will fit nearly any bow, is a real time and resource saver. Thirdly, if the string is tied on you don’t have to worry about it falling off at an inopportune time, and fourth if it can’t fall off, you don’t have to worry about the string untwisting changing its length, therefore the brace height of the bow.
I recently made a replica of the above bow for my good friend John Scifres from Indiana. Made of ash, it has side nocks, a tanned elk hide handle wrap and a tied on string pulling 46 pounds at 27 inches, it is the ultimate in simplicity and efficiency.
Of course you don’t have to make this design from a whitewood