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5.0 out of 5 stars Aptly named, 14 Jun 2014
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This review is from: The Traditional Bowyer's Bible volume 3 (Paperback)
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 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excelent, 9 May 2006
This review is from: The Traditional Bowyer's Bible volume 3 (Paperback)
footed arrows, complex bows, european bows, excelent section on flinknapping arrowheads. Repairing damaged bows. Take-down longbows. Discussion of bowmakers tools, would bave been better in book 1 rather than this volume.
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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 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 More history than how-to in this volume., 8 Mar 2013
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More of the same mix from Jim Hamm's team, but with more cultural and historical background in this volume.
Some fascinating articles on archery traditions around the world - did you know about the long history of archery in Africa? I didn't know there was one!
This is even less of a step-by-step guide than the first two volumes - this is far more of a "know where you're coming from, so you can see where you are going" book.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for everyone who loves bow-building, 12 Mar 1999
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The entire set of Bowyers Bibles are wonderfull.I must have read them all cover to cover a dozen times over the years, The information is invaluable to the novice and the serious bow builder.I especially love Tim Baker (the wildman)of bowyers he's always challenging the rules,and rewriting them.As a woman bowyer I understand challenging the rules.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Traditional Bowyer's, 15 Aug 2012
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This is one of my Christmas Presents but have been allowed to quickly look through the book and it looks like being a very good book for the bow maker, look forward to reading it after Christmas when I will be able to be in a better position to comment
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