Bow BUilding 1: Longbows

346 pages - 438 color photos - 4 videos


Chapter 1

Longbows

Interview with Legendary Bowyer Paul Comstock

Set and Stringfollow

Durability

Longbow Design and Measurements

Tiller Profile for High Efficiency

Longbow vs. Flatbow

Long Bows vs. Short Bows


CHapter 2

Trees and Bow Wood

Basics

Conifers

Deciduous Trees

Specific Gravity and Strength

Restoring Force

Bow Wood - Quality Assessment

Elasticity

Wood Moisture Content

Mechanical Properties Ash & Hazel 

X-Rays Ash & Hazel


CHapter 3

Saplingbows

Harvesting Saplings

Curing Bow Wood

Preventing Problems

Twisted Grain

Tillering

Finishing


CHapter 4

Characterbows

The construction of an Ash longbow with serpentine growth

What has to be respected?

Reinforcing problem areas


CHapter 5

Tools

Draw Knife

Handle Shapes

Hand Position

Cutting Types

Chip-Width-Minimization

Blade Steel

Cutting Edge Geometry

The Bowyer's Hatchet

Sharpening Hatchets

Working Technique Hatchets


Bow Building 1: Longbows

Highest efficiency and durability are the corner stones of this book.

Bow wood quality assessment

Exact longbow build along

Bow wood examination

Character bows

Restoring force

Saplingbows

Elasticity

Tools . . . and much more.

Wood X-rays show where the power of our bows is hidden.

346 pages, 438 color photos

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