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4.0 out of 5 stars Spendid read on the History and craft of bowmaking
We all know from childhood how to make a bow and arrow from a thin branch, a piece of string and a sharpened stick. A.E. Hodgkin knows how to do it correctly. He starts the book with a history of archery quoting extracts from various historical sources on its rise and fall as a military weapon, its revival, survival and dismissal under the various Kings and Queens of...
Published on 16 Feb 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars I would buy it again
A useful book, Explains a lot, and make archery a lot more interesting. A book to take your time over when reading
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77 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spendid read on the History and craft of bowmaking, 16 Feb 1999
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This review is from: The Archer's Craft (Paperback)
We all know from childhood how to make a bow and arrow from a thin branch, a piece of string and a sharpened stick. A.E. Hodgkin knows how to do it correctly. He starts the book with a history of archery quoting extracts from various historical sources on its rise and fall as a military weapon, its revival, survival and dismissal under the various Kings and Queens of England. He describes the types of wood for bows and arrows giving reasons for their choice. His writing is splendidly readable being both simplistic and impassioned. Written in the 1950's he tells a knowledgeable and enlightening lesson with a delightful attitude so laid back that he is truly professional. A Rick Stein of Archery. The second half of the book describes the simple methods of bow and arrow making at home, in the sun, on the doorstep. The last part of the book deals with hunting with the bow and the various techniques learnt through listening and observing. It is evident Hodgkin didn't waste his time watching television, but instead absorbed himself in his hobby, learning his craft, reading and practising. Fortunately for us he took time out to patiently impart the facts to the reader in a most relaxed and enjoyable style.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly awesome book on traditional arhery, 11 Nov 2009
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Mr. C. Brown "Chris Brown" (Chesterfield, England) - See all my reviews
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Having always been interested in history and archery I found this book highly interesting and very entertaining. Adrian Hodgkins writing style is both engaging and educational and really brings the traditional crafting of archery equipment into the modern age. A great read for armchair enthusiasts and potential craftsmen alike, a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative book, 30 July 2010
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This book was bought for a friend who recently took up the long bow. He said the book was very informative, written some time ago and with references to hunting, but was helpful in giving tips to improve his style and interesting
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5.0 out of 5 stars A users guide to a longbow., 12 Feb 2011
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A plainly written book teaching you the basic and required knowledge to build a bow and arrow and all the other equipment needed. Coupled with a historical section describing the many uses in conflicts of the bow, making this a very good book-but be warned I am an experienced longbow archer and it takes practice to get good at shooting or making your equipment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I would buy it again, 12 Jan 2014
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A useful book, Explains a lot, and make archery a lot more interesting. A book to take your time over when reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Archer's Craft, 1 July 2013
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As an archer that makes his own longbows, this book is essential
reading for hidden techniques used to produce a good shooting bow.
A must for every archer's bookshelf.
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