It is a whole lot of work, but I can attest that it is a very worthwhile experience. Sun Tzu 's The Art of War first appearance dated between BC to BC [23] refers to the characteristics and use of crossbows in chapters 5 and 12 respectively, [24] and compares a drawn crossbow to "might". These are usually much shorter than arrows, but can be several times heavier.

On horseback, the Mongol archer routinely stringed the bow by placing one end of the bow between the foot and the stirrup while the arms pressed against the bow. After taking a few short breaks here and there and then continuing to diligently work the skin we reached a point where the skin was very close to dry, but not dry enough, and it seemed that no matter what we did it would not ever dry thoroughly in the time we had left to complete the job.

Leave the hide soaking in the brains for about 48 hours. So it is up to you to smoke your finished skin or not.