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The Traditional Bowyer's Bible volume 1
The Traditional Bowyer's Bible volume 1
by Jim Hamm
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.20

55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 1 Aug 2003
This is surely the best book ever written about the subject. It contains everything you need to know in order to build traditional bows, whether you're an experienced craftsman or a complete novice.
It's also an engrossing, utterly fascinating read for anybody interested in any aspect of archery, whether technical, social or historical. The section on bow design, explaining how bows work and what makes a good one, is worth the money on its own.
Even if you haven't the slightest intention of setting plane to plank, if you're at all interested in bows and arrows, this is a book you must buy. Above all, it's written with wonderfully infectious enthusiasm, warmth and wit by men who live for the joy of the bent stick.
A superb book which has given me a great deal of pleasure


The Traditional Archers Handbook: A Practical Guide
The Traditional Archers Handbook: A Practical Guide
by Hilary Greenland
Edition: Paperback

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 1 Aug 2003
The perfect introduction to the subject. By following Greenland's simple, clear instructions, I was able to make a perfectly functional lemonwood flatbow at the my first attempt.
Many introductory-level handbooks flood the reader with too much information, leading to confusion. Greenland provides precisely the right amount. Her text is simple, straightforward, clear and lively, and her enthusiasm is contagious.
Anybody interested in traditional archery and making traditional bows couldn't do better than to start with this book.Once you've made and learned to use your first bow, move on to the classics, such as Jim Hamm's 'Traditional Bowyer's Bible'.
An excellent book in every respect.


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