The Bow Building School 
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Primitive Bow Making - Online Class 1 - The Longbow

Beginners will find basic information about bow wood and a manual with video on the construction of a longbow made of local woods such as hazel, ash, elm, black locust, ...

Advanced bowmakers benefit from exact examination of bow wood and so they can boost the performance of their own bows.

via the free learning platform

324 pages, 418 photos and graphics and 4 videos 

  • 5 Modules
  • On 324 pages, with 418 photos and graphics you will learn how to make your own longbow
  • An exact construction manual (including video) for your first hazelnut longbow shows all the steps from harvesting to oiling and shooting in the finished bow. 
  • The characteristics of the various bow woods, their drying, the handling of the tools and the processing of particularly warped grown staves are conveyed in the modules on the basis of detailed photos.
  • On high-resolution and zoomable photos you can see both the described steps of the bow making, as well as the basic, performance-influencing cellular structure of the bow woods

Optimal tiller shape for faster bows
Longbows are faster than flatbows
bow design, dimensions, tiller shapes
62 pages, 58 photos, 8 graphics

Correct choice of wood for long-lasting bows
Coniferous trees, hardwood trees, microscopic images, cellular wood structure, wood density and strength, restoring force, modulus of elasticity, determination of the quality of the logs, elasticity, wood moisture, exact examination of ash and hazel, x-rays of the wood species
86 pages, 92 photos, 3 graphics

Fast and durable longbows made of small diameter staves
Extensive guide to building a longbow with video - from harvesting wood, 
setting the bow design and tillering, to shooting the finished bow
74 pages, 95 photos, 3 graphics, 1 video

The construction of a character ash bow
How to handle warped staves correctly
34 pages, 53 photos

Sweaty work? Fiber tearing? Here you will learn to solve these problems.

Update : The bowyer's axe
+46 pages +85 photos +2 videos 

Handling, cutting types, bevel shapes, steel, cutting edge geometry
62 pages, 94 photos, 3 graphics, 2 video