Summer semester is finally over for my schooling which means that I now have a more time to spend working on products, right? Sort of. Besides continuing to take care of my kids so my wife can make her business grow I also took to picking up a gig troubleshooting and repairing an old RV generator. With finals having been last week I had put forging and making things on the back burner and with this job my thought is "Cash in hand is worth more than what I might have". So I focused on studying for my tests and trying to find the parts to fix the generator. However I have been thinking about my products and you dear readers. I have not forgotten your requests. In fact I have, when I had time, been working on bow steel armor and prototyping PVC bows.
The first PVC bow I made was for a friend who has taken it to several costumed events. She seems to really like it. I learned the basic process for making it from a cool guy named Nicholas Tomihama. He is the author of several books concerning home made archery projects. However it was not his books that I learned from. It was his Youtube channel; https://www.youtube.com/user/BackyardBowyer.
What I learned from him was some of the basic of PVC forming. I had tried my hand at PVC forming prior to seeing his videos but that was for making scabbards for a machete for myself that 3 years later I still have not finished. I did finish the scabbard though. I think I used a gas torch, an iron, and an electric charcoal starter as my heat sources. I also used weights as my flatteners…I proved it could work but I didn't know I was reinventing the wheel... I now use a heat gun as I learned to do from Nick's videos.
Anyways, I had a bunch of 2 foot sections of PVC pipe leftover from making other stuff. I'm wanting to make some small bows for kids costumes so I wanted to see if 2 foot sections would be long enough.
In other news, I have transferred all my Ebay items over to Etsy. I get more traffic on Etsy so that is where more products will be listed for now.
Speaking of Etsy, I honestly didn't know what it was until a few months ago. Because of that I avoided it. Thought it was like Pinterest or Myspace or something like that. I was wrong. I think. I actually don't go on either of those. Anyways, Esty is actually a pretty awesome place to sell things and see what other cool things people are making.
Well, that's about all for today. In the coming weeks I be finishing some child size and full size bows. I will put those up on Etsy as soon as they are done. Also I will be having a history lesson and tutorial coming up. Until then check out Nick's stuff on his website. He has lots of tutorials on how to make beautiful PVC bows.
Stephen Marts is a recent university graduate in the Riverside area and the sole proprietor of For the Honor Forge. When not working, studying, sleeping, taking care of his kids, doing chores or such, he likes to design and make new products for his shop, though he often gets sidetracked with his ongoing research. When writing, he sometimes talks about himself in the third person, sometimes in seemingly randomly in the plural, as if he and his business were separate entities speaking in unison. He is prone to typos as well. We hope this does not offend you.