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Thanks a lot for this great article. What ressources would you recommend to start the crafting of a first longbow ? Is there a good step by step guide you know of ?

Kris De Decker


Hi Camille,

Although it is not a step by step guide, the best source to start is for sure "The Traditional Bowyer's Bible", especially the first three volumes.



"The price for the most inventive bow-making method"

^ I think the word "price" is a typo, it should have been "prize"?

Anyway, thanks for the article; that is a lot of history tidbits that I've never known before.

P.S. This page is quite difficult to post a comment on. (Both Post and Preview button grayed out in my first try for some reason)



Very informartive and well-written article.
Thank you!

Ken Wee


Nicely researched and illustrated and written article. I wonder about the right five bows illustrated in the photo of African bows. They (bows #15, #16, #56, #21 and #12) look like Native American ones. #56 reminds of bows by California Indians - sinew backed yew "paddle" shaped bows. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.

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