How to make your longbow:
Fill out your experience of longbow making, with some fantastic insight from the historical content provided by Toxophilus (a book written in 1545 by Roger Ascham); insuring that you understand the "tokens" of a good longbow; along with the modern interpretations allowing you to make a better fast bow.
If your passion is longbow shooting, longbow making or longbow history, you will gain some great insight from this book. This is a great book that helps you on your journey to understanding why your longbow is what it is, and why you enjoy shooting it.
"Modern Longbow Design & Toxophilus" takes the words of Roger Ascham (Toxophilus the longbow archers god) and relates them to our own modern longbow in a way that is both interesting and logical to the modern bowman. Beyond this, the book has sufficient depth that will allow you to make your own longbow and understand why you are doing what you are doing, or simply enjoy learning more. The knowledge in the book comes from the past, and is interpreted for you by the author in a way that is, well...., so obvious that you wonder why people make such a fuss about longbow making. The author actively tries to dispel your fears about making longbow and the copious diagrams beautifully illustrate the points made and bring the text to life.
Apart from the fine illustrations (some of which are included for your enjoyment), the book contains numerous quotes from Ascham; a gentleman writing about longbow in the time of King Henry the VIII, his words are insightful and illuminating. The text of Ascham is written in English, at a time when books should have been written in Latin; these controversial English words are very enjoyable when read with the authors interpretations. All in all this is a great read for the longbow archer; if you want to make your own longbow then start here; if you want to understand your longbow then start here; if you want to shoot your longbow, understand your arrows, understand your arrows flight, feathers or shafts start here; If you have a simple love of longbow and want to understand more; enjoy some fun experiments, science, knowledge... start with this book.
Take a look at the preview; find plenty of historical content presented with great illustrations, to ensure the bows we make are authentic without compromise.