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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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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
Michael J
Outstanding... I am starting on volumes two through four now.
Nov 13, 2014 Daniel added 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
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.
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.
Brilliant. Well researched, OK written but clearly written by people who love what they do.
excellent material on making bows, hide glues and traditional techniques.
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