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Product Details

  • Series: Traditional Bowyer's Bible (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (March 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585740853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585740857
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Released in 1992, 1993, and 1994, respectively, this trio provides a remarkably in-depth analysis of the bow from its construction to its correct use. Numerous types of bows and arrows from all over the world are discussed by leading experts in the field. The emphasis here is on the history of these weapons and methods for building them from scratch, just as they were made before the advent of firearms. Though this might not find a huge audience, it is nonetheless an excellent series.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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

Customer Reviews

Lots of very good information in here!
Peter L. Gross
You won't regret it and you'll want the next book as you will read through this one in record time.
T. Lewis
I recommend this book for anyone interested in traditional archery.
Joel Dalton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

87 of 91 people found the following review helpful By goodoldmac on April 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Traditional Bowyers Bible is the best book on the subject I have read so far on this interesting subject. All 3 volumes are worth having, but this one, the first volume, offers the beginning bowyer a complete course in building a wooden bow. I disagree with an earlier reviewer of this book on its value to the beginner. I am a novice bowyer (bow-builder) if not a novice archer, and I thought the book was especially valuable. In fact that seems tobe exactly the person Hamm and the other contributors to this book seem to have had in mind....All three books come under the heading of "don't miss", but this one in particular is a "DON'T miss"...
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm at a loss for words. Absolutly fantastic. I searched and I searched for scraps of information on this subject, and finally ran across this book. I was completely overwhelmed by all the well-presented information the authors managed to pack into 300+ pages. Two sleepless nights of solid reading passed and now I seem find my way into the forest to cut bowstaves every time I leave the house.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Uoonggie Yi on July 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
this book is essential for anyone who wants to make archery tackle out of natural materials. i still go to school and archery has taken hold of my interest. i spent hours on the computer scraping bits of information until i came upon this book online. after reading it through, all my problems were solved. this book has all the basics. from wood choosing to laying out your bow to designing practical bows from all kinds of woods. however, if you are in an area that has plenty of trees but are forbidden to cut it, then you are probably stuck with making board bows (which are cheap at 3.50 for an 11 ft piece) and for more info on board bows, then the 2nd vol. of this series is probably the best.

this book is a very good book for bowyers and got me started and i am still hooked (a year and three broken bows after. apparently the average bowmaker breaks 12 bows before making a good one :)
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jason Cook on May 1, 2003
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Where are the definitions? This book goes into every nuance about making a bow, as described by absolutely fanatical bowyers. A little bit of humor and a few personal stories are related, making it a more entertaining read. Every chapter is quite thorough and caters to the novice except the longest (at around 75 pages) and most important chapter, "Bow Design & Performance," which for some reason assumes that you know what tillering, set, draw weight, draw length, string height, string stretch, etc., mean. Some of these terms are somewhat self-explanatory and some are given specific attention, but again, the basics are ignored. I had to skip the chapter and read further for tidbits of clarification and then had to go to some other sources to become familiar with just what these terms mean. What is a "bible" on a subject without the basics described thoroughly?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By New England Yankee on April 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
(This review pertains to the first three volumes as a whole. I do not own the new 4th volume ... yet.)

The Traditional Bowyer's Bible can be reviewed fairly briefly.

On the pro side:

- The authors are traditional archery experts.
- The content is wide-ranging, covering longbows, recurves, flatbows, backed bows, composite bows, takedowns, asymmetrical bows, arrows, nocks, fletching, backings, finishing, tools, etc. Virtually every bow type is represented and from every area of the world and from ancient history to the present day.
- The books contain original material, such as information on hysterisis.
- The content covers basics to very advanced topics.
- Though the authors express individual preferences here and there(bow types, woods, etc.), taken as a whole the material is quite neutral and fact-based.
- Design is emphasized as much as construction, perhaps more so. I'd go further and say the intent of the series is to teach foundational material and definitely not to present simple how-to instructions. I've made bows using these books, but see comments below, too.
- There is very little throw-away material, here meaning text that preaches to the choir about the virtues of traditional archery.

On the con side:

- The material is topically organized (e.g., design, tillering, woods). While that's terrific for the topic, it isn't the best for the step-by-step how-do-I-make-a-bow reader. You really have to read the bulk of the material to put it together.
- These may not be the best books for someone just starting out in traditional archery. The authors presume basic knowledge of archery and terminology. A newcomer, unless extraordinarily enthusiastic, will be overwhelmed.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RFC on October 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
The amount of information in this book is staggering. I never knew that there was so much to know about turning a piece of wood into a bow. This book covers it all. It contains very detailed information about different woods, wood selection, tillering, wood grains, bow physics and theory. This book seems to be focused mostly on flatbows. But, the information is invaluable regardless the style of bows you intend to build.
The amount of information in this book may be a little daunting to the beginner, but I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about building a quality bow of any style.
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