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How To: Make a traditional longbow and recurve bow

Archery is a sport that requires a lot of skill, and it takes even more skill to make your own longbow. Luckily, you have this nine part series to guide you. This tutorial will take you through ever aspect of making your own longbow and teach you how to do it yourself. Your unique, handmade bow is sure to impress even the worthiest opponent.

How To: Make a simple bow

This is a guide that will show you how to make a bow out of everyday items. First, you want to find a curved branch outside that's nice and thick so it won't snap. Also, if it's connected to other branches just saw them off, and then remove any smaller twigs or leaves from the branch. Then take a small knife and whittle down any nubs or small leftover pieces, then if the branch isn't bent to your requirements just bend it or use a vice to bend it to our liking and your bow staff has been crea...

How To: Remove XT or XTR chainring spiders from your crank

Removing the spider from your mountain bike crank is an important part of the cleaning process, allowing you to get at areas on the crank that you never would be able to otherwise. This video features a demonstration of how to do this for XT or XTR chainring spiders. For those who refuse to compromise while cleaning their own bike, this video is a must.

How To: Make a cheap grind box

For this project you will need 2 Wooden palettes (long as you can get), angle iron (coping made from steel), Sheet of ply (or any other wood will do fine) and the usual tools like nails, hammer and saw. Stick the two wooden palettes together using glue and make sure they're dry before using them. Cover them on all sides using the ply wood. Next, place the angle iron on the side of the top palettes, for grinding. Leave it all to dry and make sure it doesn't bend or break before using it.

How To: Winterizing your boat engine block

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to winterizing your boat engine block. For this you will need some screwdrivers, compressed air and a flexible hose if you have a hot water heater system on the boat. First you got to drain out all the water inside the engine. Remove the two plugs from the block and one plug from the sea pot as shown in the video and drain out all the water. Be careful and don't drop the seals while removing the plugs from the engine. While the wate...

How To: Do a tending grunt sequence when dear hunting

Peter Fiduccia from Field and Stream explains how to use the tending grunt sequence when hunting deer. The tending grunt is a grunt made by a buck when following a doe. The grunt is made in order to let the doe know that he wants to breed. The key to making the call is to be soft. Bucks don't make this call with aggression or loudly. The first step is to take the call and cup your hand around the end. Blow gently into the call. For more resonance in the call, grab the call with both hands at ...

How To: Tie an Anchor Hitch / Bucket Hitch knot

Learn how to tie an Anchor Hitch (also known as a Bucket Hitch) - A very secure means of attaching a rope to an anchor or any other object that you can't afford to loose (like a bucket down a well, I suppose - thus the alternate name). I actually do use this hitch for temporary anchor attachment (preferring to permanently splice instead) as well as for my bucket lanyards when washing down my boat's deck.

How To: Disassemble a BMX bike

In this tutorial, we learn how to disassemble a BMX bike. First, remove the bolts around the handles. Set the handlebars aside, then remove the bottom tired from the front out of its place. Next, set your bearing aside with the bolts. After this, remove the wheel from the part holding it in with a wrench. Next, take out the chain from the bike and remove the back wheel. Remove the rest of the bolts and the spacers from the back of the bike. When finished, you will have all the parts laid out ...

How To: Do a slapdown ollie up a curb on a longboard

Longboards are known more for their efficiency of transport and thrilling downhill riding than for tricks. Silly Rabbit, tricks are for shortboards! Or not. This video will show you how to do a cool little longboard trick, a slapdown ollie onto a curb. It's pretty easy, and is a very cool way to arrive somewhere on your longboard.

How To: Tie a thumb knot for fishing

The Thumb Knot is mostly used for attaching hooks, swivels and rings to heavy monofilament. At first it can be a bit tricky but when mastered it is a quick knot to tie. Follow along with this outdoor recreation HowTo video to learn to tie the fishing thumb knot. Tie a thumb knot for fishing.

How To: Tie a Klemheist Hitch knot

Learn how to tie a Klemheist Hitch - This is a gripping knot made using a loop of small diameter rope applied to the main line or object. It greatly resists slipping when the pull is parallel to the main line. This is a good knot for sailing, boating, general outdoors and even bondage.

How To: Do a handcuff knot

ITS tactical is going to show you how to make a handcuff knot, which is usually used to restrain things. To make this loop you want to make 2 loops, the first being an overhand loop, while the second is an underhand loop. Once you make the loops you want to stack them and then reach inside and grab one side of each loop with the opposite hand and pull the loop through, which if done correctly should create a loop on the right and left. By creating that type of knot it can be used on game if y...

How To: Blow The Tail with power when surfing big waves

Kalani Robb explains how to throw your tail out the back on your forehand with power. This SurflineTv Trick Tip is an insiders instructional on showing us how to blow the tail. Get a deep bottom turn to load up and spring out of the lip. Grab the rail so you don't lose it. Land it and enjoy. Make good timing so you can blow the lip out before it crests. Then you can follow it with a bit of a floater.

How To: Avoid Wind Knots in Braided Line

Many people who use braided line complain that it gets wind knots which may have to be cut off and expensive line discarded. Almost all "wind knots" have nothing to do with the wind and are caused by user error. This video explains how to avoid those knots and start taking advantage of braided fishing line.

How To: Use a propane tree to operate a camp stove and light

In this tutorial, we learn how to use a propane tree to operate a camp stove. Start off with your propane tree that connects together simply. Attach this to the propane adapter so you can use the propane for both the stove and lantern. The lantern will be able to stay on around 10 minutes with the tree. Next, connect the eight foot adapter to the propane tree and place it on an attachment into the stove to use for heat. It only takes about five minutes to hook all of this up, and it will maxi...

How To: Gut a deer, field dressing

Kentucky Afield: Watch as Tim Farmer hosts the processing of venison, starting in the field and ending in the kitchen. Start with the deer down. Start with the tail and trim around the anus. You want to not break the colon nor the bladder for sanitary reasons. This is a long and delicate process of gutting a deer so that you may bring it easily back to the kitchen to make venison! Field dressing is an important hunting skill. Gut a deer, field dressing.

How To: Tie the trucker's hitch knot for boating

Learn how to tie the trucker's hitch knot. The trucker's hitch knot is one of those boating knots that once you learn it, you wonder how you ever got along without it! Use this knot to cinch down a load on you car top, boat, horseback, you name it. This combination of knots allows the line to be pulled tight as a guitar string. Tie off one end of rope. Lay rope over load to be tied down. Tie a slippery half hitch knot in the middle of the line to form a small loop. With the free end make a tu...

How To: Skin a deer hide

In this tutorial, we learn how to skin a deer hide. First, cut into the joint on the back legs. Cut across this, then down through the back side of the leg. Open the leg up with the knife and continue to cut until you see the last joint. After this, you can snap the leg and then repeat this same process for all of the legs. Now, apply pressure to the neck where you want to cut and then skin the stomach area from the inside area. Keep the tip of the knife away from the hide so you don't poke a...

How To: Do a foot plant on a skateboard

The foot plant is one of the easiest and most basic types of plant tricks to perform. You simply stand on a spine with one foot, hold the board by the trucks, then drop back in! This video demonstrates the trick and teaches you how to perform it yourself, adding some flair to any spine transfers you may be aiming to perform.

How To: Make a powerful bow for under 5 dollars

This is a tutorial that will show you how to create a powerful bow and for under $5. The material you'll need is 1 curved pipe, poly poli string, tape, scissors, and a knife. First you want to cut a slit and a hole on each end of the pipe and then add some tape underneath it to prevent it from splitting. Next, you want to line up the string with the pipe and cut it at that length. Also, you want to tie a knot at both ends of the strings and attach it by using the slits you made in the pipe. T...

How To: Use bobbers for deep sea fishing

Bobbers are a very important part of fishing. Bobbers allow you to keep track of your line and know exactly when you catch something. In fishing, a bobber keeps the bait on the surface and away from the bottom, and when a fish bites the bobber will pull down. In this tutorial, find out how to set up a fishing rod to use a bobber with help from a fishing trainer.

How To: Tie a Blood Knot

Learn how to tie a Blood Knot - Used in sailing as a somewhat decorative stopper knot or on the business end of a Cat 'O Nine Tails (hence the Blood Knot's name). This knot can be used in sailing, boating, general use, camping and bondage.