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Our favourite toys 42: bow and arrow

Posted May 11 2010 5:12am

   Bow and arrow_ David Gibbs

When I was a little boy I used to make my own bow and arrows. You had to find a nice straight piece of bendy wood and trim it up with your penknife and put notches at either end to take the string. Then you would put an arrow on it with the end sharpened to kill the enemy properly. 

When you drew the bow back with all your might it usually snapped in the middle and the arrow fell to the ground rather hopelessly. I did have a proper bow but I didn’t like it because my brother’s was better.

 Many thanks to David Gibbs (London)

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