The best way to understand and enjoy the longbow when shooting; is to appreciate its history: The best way to appreciate the longbows history, is to make one.
Making your own longbow will drop you into the theatre of Bowyers past; you will start to understand through your own efforts; the majesty and magic of creating a true, fast longbow.
If you have always wanted to make your own longbow; a great way to learn is with a longbow stave kit.
These bow kits get you started on your bowyer journey, if you have already made a longbow of your own, you will find the excellent quality staves are meaty enough to create the longbow you desire. The free book or tillaring string, will instruct you on how to make your bow or help in the process. More importantly the book will explain, from a historical point of view, how and why, you can make a faster, better bow.
Each longbow kit contains: Leather wrap for the handle, pre-drilled horn blanks for the nocks and arrow plate, a string and a quality stave blank, made from laminations of Hickory and Lemon-Wood. The Hickory back performs extremely well under tension and forms the equivalent of the pale outer growth ring of a Yew stave, the Lemon-Wood forms the belly of the bow and performs extremely well under compression, it is the equivalent of the darker hart wood of Yew. These stave provide the accepted modern equivalent of the rare English Yew stave, giving comparable and reliable performance in the making and shooting of a longbow.
New. The Hesitant Bowyers Kit. more detail.