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longbow or recurve?
« on: January 30, 2010, 09:51:11 AM »
I definatly want to stick to traditional archery.  The question is, a composite longbow or Turkish/Mongol hornbow?

There are a lot of advantages to the hornbow, but if I want to use it for re-enacting the longbow would look more traditional.

For a longbow, Im looking at  maybe something along the lines of something from Howard Hill.  Not sure about the hornbow.

any ideas pro-con?

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Re: longbow or recurve?
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2010, 10:14:36 AM »
My boys are getting into archery.  They have a compound hunting bow that we hope to use next year and they have target compound bows that they shoot every weekend at bowhunters to learn technique etc.  (their target bows are compound but have no sights or other accouterments so that they work at and learn good technique. (they went from 24 inch groups at 10 yards to 8 inch groups in about 12 1 hour shooting sessions.  They will be moving to 20 yards in 2 or 3 more weeks.
These bows have up to a 32 or 34 inch draw so any sized child to adult can shoot them.  pretty slick.
I have a 45+ year old Compound that I picked up at a garage sale from an old target shooter who couldn't shoot any more at 82 years old for $29.  I love the thing, it fits me to a T and feels like it was built for me.

I have wanted to build a long bow for quite some time.  I've been researching the materials and am also stuck between a long bow and some kind of composite.  I'm 6 foot 3 with a long reach and like something in the 50 to 55 lb draw.  I am undecided what kind to work on.  I think the longbow would be a little easier to build as a first bow (and the materials are a bit more readily available in nature in case of SHTF).  So i'm leaning toward the long bow. 

Sorry not much help I know but thanks for getting this thread going.

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Re: longbow or recurve?
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2010, 04:54:10 PM »
How about something in between? Like a bamboo backed reflex -deflex bow. I have one made by David Knight of Primal Needs Archery and it is awesome.

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Re: longbow or recurve?
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2010, 12:07:34 AM »
Ill check his site.  Im pretty flexible about true historical construction as long as it passes the look alike test and has great performance!

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Re: longbow or recurve?
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2010, 09:49:20 AM »
I wouldn't mind doing mine with multiple layers, I just don't know enough about the wood working to do it.  My first will be just a classic single piece long bow.  (Might do some leather binding or something on it but no laminates. 

once I've got one or two under my belt and am more comfortable with the process, I may try a recurve with a couple of different materials. 


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Re: longbow or recurve?
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2010, 09:32:36 AM »
A great way to get started if you want to make a laminated bow is to order a bow blank from Primal Needs archery. What Dave does is select the very best Brazilian Walnut and Bamboo then he glues it up. When you get the blank it is your job to taper the limbs, file the string nocks,and shape the handle to your liking. Tiller it out to your draw length and your done. Average time is one afternoon.

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Re: longbow or recurve?
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2010, 10:10:31 AM »
Interesting.  I'll have to check that out.   I would like to carve my first myself from a single piece, just to get an idea of how its done and how it feels.  (Don't mind ruining a couple of pieces of wood in the learning process :).

Once I've done that I may get some good quality laminated blanks to work from.

How much are the blanks, I didn't' see any prices on the sight?

Thanks.

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Re: longbow or recurve?
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2010, 07:13:02 PM »
Don't quote me but I think he gets $150.00 for them. Give Dave a call when you are ready and he will be more than happy to talk to you.