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For the variant encountered in Daemonheim, see Bowstring (Dungeoneering).

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Bowstring is used in the Fletching skill to create bows. It is created by using flax with a spinning wheel, which requires level 1 Crafting and grants a player 15 Crafting experience.

In Dungeoneering, bowstrings are purchased from the smuggler.

A full load of 28 flax will generate 420 Crafting experience (15 x 28). It takes about 50 seconds to spin a full inventory of flax. It takes approximately one minute and fifteen seconds (1:15) to do a load of flax in Lumbridge. So you can do 48 loads per hour, which means you can do about 20,160 experience per hour, if you stay at a constant rate.

Historically, the only reasonable place for anyone to spin flax into bowstrings was Seers' Village, however with the addition of the bank at the top of Lumbridge Castle, it became on par with, or slightly better than, Seers' Village, but only if you pre-picked the flax and placed it in your bank, otherwise it would be extremely counterproductive because Seers' Village is the most financially efficient place to pick and spin all at once. Later on, an even better spinning wheel was added, this time on Neitiznot. While technically further from a bank than Lumbridge, travelling to the bank in Neitiznot does not require climbing any stairs, thus cutting down clicking times and increasing the efficiency of spinning. In order to use the spinning wheel, players must have started The Fremennik Isles quest and have reached the part where they are able to go to Neitiznot. Currently, it is also possible to pick flax from the field in Taverley and deposit bowstrings at the bank counter at the small gnome tree in Burthorpe, as there is a spinning wheel along the path between the two. Lletya is one of closest places for flax, and a spinning wheel in range of the bank; yet you need to have started Mourning's End Part I to access it.

However in spite of all these options, players wearing a Seers' headband 2 or higher, spinning in Seers is still the fastest method given the '33% faster' reward from the Seers' Village Tasks. Also handy for those who have not yet started The Fremennik Isles anyway.

Spinning flax into bowstrings is a good way for players with low skills to make money. Because of this, bowstrings were commonly made by macroers, as they can easily be sold in bulk and for fairly good profits. Therefore, it used to be common to see macros in Seers' Village picking flax in the field, and spinning them into bowstrings at the spinning wheel at Seers' Village.


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15 XP-383
Crafting Crafting level1
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Drop sources

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Bulbous crawler14027–45Common
Cadarn workerN/A1Common
New Varrock guard captain1041Common
Soulgazer (elite)13520Common
Spiritual ranger49; 988Common
Veil-ripper Ozharakha13520Common
Elite Dark Ranger981–3Rare
Akranoth Dagnathi303244–550Uncommon
Barrel (Viyeldi caves)N/A1Uncommon
Greater reborn ranger823Uncommon
Lesser reborn ranger682Uncommon
Young implingN/A1Uncommon
Zamorak ranger6410Uncommon
Zombie (New Varrock)11Unknown


Bowstrings can sometimes be found inside barrels. Noted bowstrings are a possible reward to choose from in Temple Trekking. An easy way to obtain a fair amount of bowstrings.


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Method Profit/Bowstring GP/XP
Picking Flax 383 25.5
Buying Flax 287 19.1

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  • The item was originally called "bow string", although "bowstring" was also used in the examine text of unstrung shieldbows. In November 2013, the item as well as all references were changed to "bowstring" for consistency.