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Product Details

  • Series: Traditional Bowyer's Bible (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; 1st edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599214539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599214535
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Many archers and bowhunters will be surprised to learn that a wooden bow, whose ancestry dates back thousands of years, will shoot an arrow as fast and as effectively as the most modern fiberglass-laminated bows. Never before have such detailed instructions been available for the home craftsman, with information on how to make fine bows and arrows from natural materials. The authors thoroughly explain every facet of the process, from choosing wood to applying finishes, making construction easy even for the first-time bowyer.
With combined experience totaling over a century, the authors have constructed thousands of bows. Now they reveal their secrets and techniques in The Traditional Bowyer's Bible series, four essential volumes filled with history, humor and practical advice

About the Author

Jim Hamm (Azle, Texas) practically grew up with a bow in his hands, and today is among the world's leading experts on traditional archery. He is the owner and publisher of Bois D'Arc Press. He has edited and contributed to the three earlier volumes in the Traditional Bowyer's Bible series, and is the author of Bows and Arrows of the Native Americans.

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I looked forward to reading these books each evening after work.
J. Ray
The entire series of the Bowyer's Bible is exactly that, the bible for bowyers.
G. Macht
This series of books I would highly recommend to anyone interested in archery.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Meyer on October 9, 2008
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This is an excellent update to the original three volumes. Specifically as relates to woods for making bows, real research was done and anecdotal opinions were purged in favor of actual testing. There is a fairly decent listing of various types of wood for making bows, commentary on several of the properties of many of them and specific gravity/density information.

Most importantly, is the Mojam bow test data that provides an arrow speed versus normalized draw weight table that also shows string type and several other pieces of information. I've been using this book continuously over the last month as I learn to design and build traditional bows and arrows.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Ingram on November 18, 2008
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A very informative additional volume for bowyers. The previous volumes should be well understood before attempting some techniques from this volume. Well worth the asking price.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By VMR on November 8, 2010
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If you have read the first three volumes of "The Traditional Bowyer's Bible," you will want also to read this fourth volume to continue your education in the history and technology of bow making. Even if you've not read volumes two and three you will find volume four to be informative and at times entertaining. However, do read volume one first so you are able to understand and appreciate what follows in two, three, and four.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doug DePew on May 31, 2012
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I've been a subscriber to Primitive Archer Magazine for many years. I read it from a historical, archaeological perspective for a long time. It's just fascinating. These books were written by a group of regular contributors to the magazine and participants at the lively message board. I bought the first three volumes when I finally decided to make the leap into creating my own wooden bows. It is fabulous. This fourth volume is an excellent update with the latest research. I ordered it as soon as it was released. It has a wonderful overview of various woods and their performance. For a skill that's thousands of years old, we still learn all the time. It's amazing how much we have to re-learn that our ancestors just knew. I've read all four books cover to cover multiple times. I recommend this set for anyone with an interest in a simpler life. One of my life goals is to harvest a deer with gear I made completely myself.

Using these books, a person can take a tree, some cane, and a few pieces of rock and create an efficient, deadly weapon. If you want to learn about making wooden bows and other primitive archery gear, this is the set of books to own. Primitive archery is more than a hobby. It's a lifestyle. Try it, and you'll see. It gets in your soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brett Engetschwiler on March 9, 2009
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But it's still a great addition. The techniques in this volume are for the very advanced bowyers, but are still useful for beginner/intermediate bowyers to know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Brizzee on January 14, 2011
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This is the last of the four "Bibles" and it has, as does the first three alot of great info and history
facts that anyone who is interested in making their own bow and or arrows will really enjoy.
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The four volume set, is an unparalleled source of knowledge for anyone interested in constructing traditional bows and arrows. It is a joy to read. No matter the type of traditional bow that interests you, instruction can be found in this set.
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I had the other 3 volumes so might as well complete the set. Each one has little kernels of wisdom in it regarding bow building, including this one.
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