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jeff . whitaker
11-09-2012, 11:50 PM
This forum seems to have a wide knowledge base so I thought I might throw this question out there.
Has any one made an English Longbow? Got an idea of where I pick up a kit of one? It has been a while since I did any hunting to amount to much and the idea of bow hunting has me intrigued, rather than jump in and buy an expensive hunting bow, I had an idea it might be fun to practice with a long bow and see if I liked it. We are going to be moving to a (even more) rural area waaaaaay up Nawth to the cold frozen wastelands of east Tn. and I understand the hunting is good around there
Thanks for your time

ray hampton
11-10-2012, 11:00 AM
good luck with the long bow ans the move to tennessee

John C Lawson
11-10-2012, 11:14 AM
I was curious and looked around online. Found no kits but this site had books, DVD's and supplies, and generally seemed loaded with information. http://www.3riversarchery.com/making+the+english+longbow+made+simple+dvd_i8565_b aseitem.html

Joe Angrisani
11-10-2012, 12:16 PM
Tom Turgeon of Boise Bows and Arrows made a guest appearance on American Woodshop. Fun episode of my least-favorite woodworking show....

Google Tom and his business for some more info.

William Adams
11-10-2012, 4:34 PM
Three Rivers will have staves which one can use to make a longbow.

One can just use a board --- red oak is the classic beginner material, but hickory or some other true bow wood is better of course. List of species here:


Site w/ instructions for an English Longbow:


I hang out on Archerytalk.com which has a build forum:


Here's a longbow which I did (but mostly I do flatbows now):

Dale Coons
11-10-2012, 6:04 PM
+1 on three rivers. helpful folks there too--give them a call. you're probably too far for a visit, but they are open to the public on saturdays.