Proper Equipment
Jim Rose 50 Years experience
Lucky is the one, who knows an experienced traditional archer to ask about the right equipment as a beginner. This fortunate circumstance can safe you lots of money and trouble. We recommend doing as many tests as possible before purchasing bow and arrow.
Take your time before you choose your bow. Try several bow types with different draw weights. Pulling a recurve bow varies from pulling a longbow and even two longbows which are made from varying material may feel totally different. Nobody says, an expensive designer bow inevitably shots better than a simple mass production. There are just some things you have to try by yourself in order to find your individually best equipment. Bow shooting is a matter of feeling. The best catalogue cannot replace a test shoot!

In traditional archery there are the following types of bows:

Primitive bow
English Longbow
American Flatbow
Hunting Recurve
Selfbow making

A simple wooden bow or primitive bow is based on a simple building technique. It doesn`t have to be a haselwood branch with packthread as a string, rather a time-consuming produced composite bow, like horsebowmen (mongolian, indians) used to build already thousand years ago. The word "simple" refers to the used materials. The bows made from one single piece of wood are also known as "selfbows". Those are not easy to handle and need much more care than modern laminated bows composed of fibreglass.
I started with a hazlewood bow, carved by myself, too when I was a kid! A laminated bow with shelf and window might be more suitable for a beginner.

The simpler the bow, the more experience is needed.
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