In this article you will learn the technique of tying serving wraps. This tying technique is essential for securing peep sights, installing cable-driven drop-away arrow rests, and repairing or replacing the center-serving on your bow string. If you combine this tying technique with the one that we learned in our last post – How to Tie a D-Loop – you’ll be a bow installation and repair ninja. That’s a fact.
The Starting Technique
Step 1 – Begin by laying a “tail” of serving material over the bowstring. The end of the tail should originate from the direction that you will be wrapping towards (in our case, the right), and run back to the start of the wrap location (the left).
Step 2 – Start the serving wrap by making at least 5 tight wraps over the tail.
Step 3 – After the minimum of 5 wraps over the tail, bring the tail up and continue wrapping the serving without overlapping the rest of the tail.
Step 4 – Make a minimum of another 5 wraps; now the tail should be exposed with at least 5 tight wraps on either side of it, holding it securely in place. Pull on the tail to snug everything into place. Continue wrapping as needed.
The Finishing Technique
Step 1 – Create a loop with the serving material by coming across the back side of the bow string.
Step 2 – Begin wrapping the serving material through the loop, back towards the start of your main serving wrap.
Step 3 – After a minimum of 5 wraps, bring the end of your serving material back towards the very beginning of your wrap. Take the loop that you created in Step 1 of the Finish Technique and wrap it back over the end tail, being sure wrap in the same direction that you started in the very beginning. (This is difficult to explain but easy to see and comprehend in the video above.)
Step 4 – You should end up with a loop at the end. Pull the tail end of the serving material through the wraps, which will get rid of this loop.
Step 5 – Continue pulling the end of the serving material, snugging everything into place. Trim the tails of serving material to 1/4″. Fuzz the ends of this material, melt with a lighter, and smash the melted stub into the serving wraps – sealing everything into place.
That’s it! You now have a tight serving wrap on your bowstring. In the next post we will learn how to apply this tying technique when installing and securing a peep sight.