Wax on, wax off

Okay, so before you go shooting the eye sockets on zombies you need to know a little bit about looking after your bow, so I’m gonna talk about how to string a recurve bow and also the importance of waxing the string regularly. This is really just the routine before you start shooting.

Stringing the bow might seem like a bit of a given, but it’s not necessarily obvious, because people often and frustratingly assume that the bow should be strung the wrong way round.

If you’re using a take down recurve then we’ll assume you’ve already assembled it. So from here, if you’ve got your bow stringer, which should look a little like this;


It’s just a case of kind of posting a limb through the open loop at the flat end of the stringer and then hooking on the other end to the opposite tip of the bow. Or the other way around, your choice.

Then lift the bow slightly, putting your foot on the slack string of the bow stringer, then lifting the bow up so it flexes and allows you to attach the string to the limb tip. I’ve made this handy dandy GIF to make everything I’ve just typed out seem superfluous. Go team.


Once you’ve got your bow strung up, it’s a case of waxing the string. Waxing a bow string is really easy and it’s extremely important, if you don’t wax your string it will wear out faster and that puts you at the risk of it snapping, which will hurt, given how much tension is coiled up in your bow. Snapped string = slapped skin. It’s also not a great idea to keep your bow strung when you’re not shooting, because it’s stressing out your equipment unnecessarily. It’s expensive stuff and needs TLC.


This is the wax I’ve been using for a while now, probably pretty basic but it’s served me well this far.

So you’ve got your bow, you’ve got your wax, it’s time to go Karate Kid with it.

  • Step 1 (Removing the lid isn’t a step):  Rub the wax along your bow string, avoiding the serving and the twist at the far ends of the string.
  • Step 2: Rub the wax in to the string by rubbing your fingers up and down the string, warming the wax up in the process. Again, don’t get wax on the serving.

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Now you’ve got your string all waxed up, you’re almost ready to shoot. It’s just a case of drawing the string back and relaxing it a few times, warming up the bow limbs before you start shooting. When you’re drawing back, please don’t let go of the string unless there’s an arrow on the shelf, because that is dry firing and you don’t EVER treat your bow like that, okay?


Thanks for reading!


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