Nightingale Bow, Skyrim
Created in about three days, the Nightingale Bow was built to accent the Ancient Nord armor project for DragonCon 2013. Since speed was key in this project, this is a one-off with no molds or cast parts. Since this is a cosplay accessory, the bow has been made with weight and durability in mind and uses spruce for the main structure with details sculpted directly over the wood in epoxy clay. A 12″ long steel rod connects the bow arms to the handle and provides strength.
The bowstring is made from elastic and has been created with a centered twist knot that holds the arrow in place when nocked. This prevents the bow from actually firing, making this a convention safe prop incapable of launching a projectile any more than a few feet, even if you accidentally let loose an arrow. I’ve tried, and it’s actually far more deadly and efficient to just throw the arrow at your target.