Horn Composite Bows

Horn composite bows are bows made from horn, wood, sinew, and natural glue.

Wood is the core of the bow, and sometimes consists of multiple parts, spliced or simply glued together. The horn forms the belly of the bow, because horn is extremely good in compression. The sinew, which are the separated fibers from tendons, is glued to the back of the bow. Sinew is very good in tension. All the parts are glued together with a natural glue based on collagen proteins, like hide or fish bladder glue.

The construction of these bows is very eleborate, and can take up to several years.

The turkish bow 

The mughal bow

 

The persian bow

The 13/14th century mongolian bow