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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for every bowyer
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 !!!!
Published on 30 Oct 2009 by Andres Stoeckli

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1.0 out of 5 stars good for anyone wanting help on making bows
This volume covers making bows from boards, with particular emphasis on selecting suitable wood, eastern woodland bows, ancient european bows, composite (horn and sinew etc) bows, bending wood by steaming and heat, recurves, string making, steel broadhead hunting points, and a short section on quivers, is a good read but gets technical in places so helps if you are...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for every bowyer, 30 Oct 2009
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Andres Stoeckli "Swissbow" (Studen, Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Traditional Bowyer's Bible Volume 2 (Paperback)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars a good aid, 22 Oct 2007
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D. M. Tompkins (bognor) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Traditional Bowyer's Bible Volume 2 (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive series on traditional bow making., 14 Jun 2014
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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. If the price for the full set is prohibitive, I would recommend buying volume one first (Tim Bakers chapter on bow design is incredibly comprehensive by itself and not to be missed), then look at the description of contents of the other volumes and buy accordingly, as and when you have the spare cash. If you can only afford to splash out on one set of books on the subject, then this, to me is the one to go for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars a must in your library!, 15 Mar 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars good service, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Reference material not found elsewhere, 18 Jun 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bowyers bible review, 5 Feb 2013
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A fantastic book, packed with information. This book is focused more on history than the construction of the bows. Exceptionally interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Volume 2 - more excellent essays, 30 Jan 2013
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Much of what I would say about this volume is identical to my review of Volume 1 - hard work at times, but well worth the effort, and not written for those who want a step-by-step guide.

I was particularly pleased to see the chapters on Ancient European Bows, and Recurves, as these are my main area of interest as a bowyer.

Buy it, put the effort in, it's worth it.

And by the way, yes, I make bows the traditional way, as described in this series of books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Traditional Bower's Bible Vol 2, 15 Aug 2012
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This will be one of my Christmas Prsents so after being allowed to quickly scan through, it looks a very good book for self wood bow makers, it has now been put away so will be in a better position to comment after Christmas
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