Wooden Bows: What I Wish I’d Known When I Started

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.

Traditional Bowyer's Handbook: How to build wooden bows and arrows: longbows, selfbows, & recurves.

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. When i was about 12 or so my brother brought me two old Ben Person recurves he’d found at a yard sale. Why write another book on making wood bows you might ask? The simple answer is that there are so many ways of doing and explaining things.

The traditional bowyers Bible series, as mentioned earlier, is still a great source of information. The pleasure of jumping rabbits and seeing the feathered shaft streaking toward them was a thrill I’ve never forgotten. When i was a kid i would make crude bows from green plum branches, big at one end and small at the other.

They both drew about 50 lbs if I recall. This book is an attempt to share some of what I’ve learned over my years of bow making. Although i’d get several shots a day I never did hit one on the fly but I remember that fall fondly nonetheless. These things are in all of us i think, some vestige of our primitive past buried so deep in our genome as to be inseparable from what it is to be human.

What we think of as civilization is a new experiment in the eyes of Father Time. My arrows were fat and unfletched and would scarcely fly more than a few yards, usually tumbling over in midair.

The American Longbow: How to Make One, and Its Place in a Good Life

In this book you will find easy-to-follow instructions for making your own American Longbow from scratch, and advice on how to shoot it. It will take you through the entire process of building a bow, from design to construction. In addition, it explores both the philosophical and concrete reasons why making your own bow will add to the story of your good life.

If you've ever thought about making your own bow, this book is a good place to start.

Bows and Arrows of the Native Americans: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Wooden Bows, Sinew-backed Bows, Composite Bows, Strings, Arrows, and Quivers

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 1

Invaluable information for anyone interested in the age-old lure of archery. 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.


Teaching the Bow to Bend: Making a Longbow

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, flemish splices and bowyer's knots in detail, brings their workshop to you! Covering basic topics like ideal wood selection and the individual parts of a longbow, as well as more advanced construction like tillering, now in color, leather grips, bow stringers, this guide provides you with the basics to get started with the fascinating hobby of bow making.


Traditional Bowyer's Bible, Volume 2

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.

Traditional Bowyer's Bible, Volume 4

Every facet of the process is thoroughly explained, making construction easy even for the first-time bowyer. With combined experience totally over a century, the authors have constructed thousand of wooden bows.

Stick and String: A Beginner's Guide to Building Laminated Fiberglass Longbows

Stick and string takes the mystery out of building a laminated fiberglass longbow. Written for the beginner, stick and String, is an illustrated guide that breaks down the process of bow building into 23 steps. 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.

You will find detailed instructions, links to suppliers and other bow building websites, layout formulas, advice on wood selection, on design, on grinding your own laminations, and on finish.

A Bow Maker's Notebook: Sharing The Bow Making Experience of John J Riggs Archery

This book contains three project bows that reflect a great many techniques: A simple D bow made from a stave, a rawhide backed red oak longbow, as well as a sinew backed gull wing horse bow. It is not like some other "how to build a bow" books" as I go in depth into bow theory, the properties of different bow woods, and designs.

This notebook was written in the spirit of Primitive Archery: With the materials I had to work with. It is simply written, but very in-depth. Thank you, John Riggs. Along with the project bows you will find experience, tips and tricks which will help you through your journey as bow makers. A pen, paper, and years of accumulated knowledge.


The Traditional Bowyer's Bible, Volume 1

Invaluable information for anyone interested in the age-old lure of archery. The traditional bowyer's Bible series includes three essential volumes filled with history, humor, and practical advice.