Custom Bow Maker

Select, shape, and finish woods, plastics, and metals to make archery bows.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Custom Bow Makers do?

Selects, laminates, shapes, and finishes woods, plastics, and metals to make archery bows: Selects materials from stock according to customer’s specifications, and preshapes parts, using handtools and power tools. Applies specified adhesives between parts. Assembles parts and places assembled bows in glue press to cure. Heats bows in steam box until pliable and clamps bows on form to shape curves and recurves. Trims and smooths bows, using handtools and sandpaper. Stains, paints, and varnishes bows according to specifications. May apply decals to bows. May rework or repair damaged bow and be designated Bow Repairer, Custom. May make arrows, using die cutter to cut feathers used on arrows.

Should I be a Custom Bow Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Bow Maker, Custom, Bow Repairer, Custom, Crossbow Maker

    How to become a Custom Bow Maker

    Custom Bow Makers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Custom Bow Maker-related education!
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