. If you've ever thought about making your own bow, this book is a good place to start.
Traditional Bowyer's Handbook: How to build wooden bows and arrows: longbows, selfbows, & recurves.CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform #ad - We will cover all of the most frequently asked questions, and lay out a simple plan that should guide you through the entire process, from finding a stave to stringing your bow and shooting your first arrow. Experts say that humans have been around for some fifty thousand years. A discarded hay string would serve as a bowstring.
We have been hunters forever. When i was about 12 or so my brother brought me two old Ben Person recurves he’d found at a yard sale. When i first started making bows I used the woods I had close at hand; mulberry, common persimmon, white cedar, red maple, etc. I made my first “real” bow when i was in high school, after getting a copy of the Traditional Bowyers Bible in the mail more on this in a moment.
Traditional Bowyer's Handbook: How to build wooden bows and arrows: longbows, selfbows, & recurves. #ad - The second held together quite well and is probably still around somewhere and capable of shooting an arrow, though it would probably draw about 70lbs. The traditional bowyers Bible series, as mentioned earlier, is still a great source of information. What we think of as civilization is a new experiment in the eyes of Father Time.
Go cut it down and get started. I’d probably made more than a dozen bows of various woods before I ever saw a piece of Osage. People often ask me where they can find a bow stave and, invariably, I tell them to use what they have close by.
Wooden Bows: What I Wish I'd Known When I StartedIndependently published #ad - Wooden Bows: What I Wish I'd Known When I Started #ad - Veteran bowyers and newcomers alike will appreciate his invaluable insights. Jim hamm co-author, editor, and publisher of The Traditional Bowyer's Bible series shares the secrets he's learned from a lifetime of bowmaking.
Teaching the Bow to Bend: Making a LongbowSchiffer Publishing, Ltd. #ad - Making a longbow in only two days? no sweat! in their two-day workshops, the bowmakers team of Kunst-Griff introduced many enthusiastic beginners to the basics of making a wooden longbow--demonstrating each action step by step, in a comprehensible and clear way. This compact book, now in color, bow stringers, as well as more advanced construction like tillering, Flemish splices and bowyer's knots in detail, leather grips, brings their workshop to you! Covering basic topics like ideal wood selection and the individual parts of a longbow, this guide provides you with the basics to get started with the fascinating hobby of bow making.
Stick and String: A Beginner's Guide to Building Laminated Fiberglass LongbowsIndependently published #ad - You will find detailed instructions, on grinding your own laminations, on design, advice on wood selection, layout formulas, links to suppliers and other bow building websites, and on finish. This book is a guide and reference tool intended to give you the necessary foundations in bow building techniques so that you can build beautiful bows that will last a lifetime.
Written for the beginner, stick and String, is an illustrated guide that breaks down the process of bow building into 23 steps. Stick and string takes the mystery out of building a laminated fiberglass longbow.
Bows and Arrows of the Native Americans: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Wooden Bows, Sinew-backed Bows, Composite Bows, Strings, Arrows, and QuiversIndependently published #ad - It's a must-have text for outdoorsmen, traditional craftsmen, bowhunters, and historians. Enlightening and entertaining, this book has easy-to-follow instructions for readers who plan to make and shoot their own bows and arrows.
Traditional Bowyer's Bible, Volume 4Independently published #ad - With combined experience totally over a century, the authors have constructed thousand of wooden bows. Every facet of the process is thoroughly explained, making construction easy even for the first-time bowyer.
Traditional Bowyer's Bible Volume 1CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform #ad - The traditional bowyer's bible is a remarkably in-depth analysis of the wooden bow from its construction to its correct use by leading experts in the field. The emphasis is on the history of these weapons and methods for building them from scratch, just as they were made before the advent of firearms. Invaluable information for anyone interested in the age-old lure of archery.
Traditional Bowyer's Bible, Volume 2Independently published #ad - Never before have such detailed instructions been available for the home craftsman, with information on how to make fine bows and arrows from natural materials.
Howard Hill's Method of Shooting a Bow and ArrowIndependently published #ad - Jerry hill, a well known archer of his own right, has now written the most complete archery shooting instructional information book with instruction passed down to him by Howard Hill, known as "the World's Greatest Archer". Never before have all the stops been pulled out in detail so completely. This book is the last word on Howard Hill's Method of Shooting the Bow and Arrow.
The secrets of how howard Hill was able to become such a great shot with his bow and arrow can now be yours. Secrets passed on to Jerry Hill and no others are found within these pages. There is no other that can match this statement.
Making Indian Bows and Arrows, The Old WayEagles View Publishing #ad - 119 illustrations; 116 photographs; 5 charts. This exciting eagle's view edition includes all you need to know to make powerful and attractive Native American bows with an easy-to-follow text together with numerous illustrations and photos. The book explores in detail acquiring tools and woods; designing the bow to fit your purposes; how to cut the wood and shape it to your design; how to bring the bow to a perfect arc; methods for recurving and/or reflexing the bow for added speed; backing the bow with wood, intestine or sinew; dozens of ideas and photos for finishing the bow; photos and instructions for applying a snakeskin back; making quivers and cases with hides, rawhide, beads and more; arrowsmithing from natural or modern materials; making bow strings with techniques that are understandable to even the beginning bowyer; and shooting the way that Native Americans did years ago.
Written for the beginning craftsman with over 200 illustrations, photos, this book will be invaluable to anyone interested in traditional weapons of the American Indian, charts and diagrams, their material culture and/or early Americana. The reader is shown how to use both primitive and modern techniques of bow and arrow making.