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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press (31 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585740861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585740864
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For anyone interested in the bow as a hunting tool... endless fascination."--Field & Stream

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andres Stoeckli on 30 Oct 2009
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If your into traditional bow building, then The Traditonal Bowyer's Bible Volume 1 - 4 is an absolute must read. A lot of profound and helpful information that covers many topics of traditional bow building. Master bow builder like Tim Baker, Jim Hamm, Jay Masser or Paul Comstock share their wisdom with the interested reader.
A GREAT BOOK !!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Tompkins on 22 Oct 2007
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This book is helpful to the beginning bowyer, but it gets technical quickly, but it is well written, and helps you understand the reason bows do what they do. The section on bow performance and design is very good at getting the fundamental principles into your head, but it helped me, i felt to have read a basic bow building book previously, which was a book called Indian Bows and arrows, the old way. its on amazon, it helps feed the information in slowly, rather than overloading you with it too quickly
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Although this review is for one volume of this series, it is impossible to ignore the other volumes in the set.

This series of books provides everything you need to know to turn a tree into a fully functional bow. It caters for all required depths of knowledge, with instructions for making a particular type of bow, through to the science of bow making and provides tables and calculations needed to design and produce a bow specifically designed to fulfill your requirements. This includes historical information and also primitivist and traditional skills such as making glue from sinue and the use of other materials. The information of choosing the right wood and methods for harvesting wood are excellent.

The text is written by numerous authors who are each respected experts in their own specialism, which means that this series of books (originally intended to be a three volume set but an additional volume was added to provide and even more in depth scientific approach to the subject (handy for nerds like me). Each author has their own writing style, and the text can be humorous at the same time and stuffed full of anecdotes and confessions which encourage the reader to have a go and not worry about screwing up.

The drawback with the series is that although the first volume provides enough information to produce a bow, the other three volumes (especially vol 2 and 3) are essential to gain the full benefit of the awesome knowledge and experience these bowyers have generously imparted to the reader. Calling any series the "bible" of a subject is a bold and brave claim, in this instance however, I totally agree.
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By Richard Broadbent on 10 Jun 2014
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I have found this series of books absolutly brilliant. It is both infomative and entertaining due to so much of it being personal insight from practicle people who do it not just write about it. Years of experiance in four volumes.
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is that the title writes.
Bow's bible!

It will push you in order to do your first bow! so good!
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By angela dummett on 23 Nov 2013
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book arrived in good condition and in very good time and a must for the beginner in bow making. excellent.
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am erudite study of ancient bows, a follow on from vol1 (obviously) predominantly american but including som others. I would say that for any archer/bowyer/toxophilist seeking in depth information this is a must for your library. John
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