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The Traditional Bowyer's Bible, Volume 1

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The Traditional Bowyer's Bible series includes three essential volumes filled with history, humor, and practical advice. Invaluable information for anyone interested in the age-old lure of archery.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Lyons Press (first published December 31st 1993)
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Joseph Martinez
Apr 09, 2015 Joseph Martinez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best on Bow making

I own the entire series in print, now that they are ebooks I will be buying them as well. You would be hard pressed to find a better series on Bow making. Since reading these books and few others I am now a life long student.
Sep 24, 2012 Joel rated it really liked it
Shelves: archery
I have been an archer for about 13 or so years and when I learned that I could build a bow I had to know how, so this was the book recommended to me. I must have read the thing like 5 times before I attempted my first bow(which exploded because I rushed it) but this book gave me the information I needed to build a serviceable bow. there is all sorts of "data" in this book for the more experienced bowyer, but, It will become handy if you follow thru to the other volumes in this series (which are ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
Outstanding... I am starting on volumes two through four now.
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Nov 18, 2014 Jesse rated it really liked it
So I've only read volumes 1 and 2 so far, but have been a little frustrated. These books have an amazing amount of information regarding wooden bowmaking, but they never actually tell you how to do it. How do I make a wooden bow? I feel like three or four pages would have been plenty on this subject.
Robbe Clerckx
Dec 04, 2014 Robbe Clerckx rated it really liked it
Before I read this book I attended a two-day bow-making workshop (which was awesome), where I learned a lot.
A few months past and then I borrowed this book from someone, so I HAD to make another bow!

I learned a lot from this book, there are lots of detailed descriptions accompanied by helpful pictures. The first volume contains everything you need to know to make a bow. The authors are not afraid to break conventions and are open to new ideas.
David Sebastian
May 28, 2015 David Sebastian rated it it was amazing
Really nice and instructive book, it speaks abput not only the techniques used to craft a wooden bow but even about the history of bowyery.
despite I've never tried woodcrafting this book motivated me even more than how I was before.
Nov 08, 2007 Brian rated it really liked it
Early chapters contain good history and recommended reading on archery in general. This volume introduces important theory on self and backed bow making, especially wood selection, making and finding blanks, tools, tillering and truing.
Oct 01, 2009 mj added it
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Working my way through the 4 volumes in this series now. Will post a fuller review when I've tried actual construction.
Nov 24, 2011 Taruia rated it really liked it
Shelves: archery
Brilliant. Well researched, OK written but clearly written by people who love what they do.
Feb 14, 2012 Doggrral rated it really liked it
excellent material on making bows, hide glues and traditional techniques.
Sep 21, 2010 Walter rated it it was amazing
very cool
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