If you are new to traditional archery the following pages may help with the basics:
Archer's paradox

If you wish to know what is needed by a bowyer when it comes to ordering your bow:
Guide to ordering a traditional bow
What are 'Traditional bows'

or your arrows:
Guide to odering your arrows

There are also guides to
Bamboo
Somerset bow finds (Meare Heath/Ashcott)
Primitive bows
Care of your bow

For advice on thumbring shooting and makingbamboo arrows see these books by Koppedrayer and Swobada


If you wish to learn ALL the basics, plus a little more, try
'The Traditional Archer's Handbook' -A list of Chapters:
What type of bow? :English longbow, American longbow (flatbow), Recurve, 'Primitive' bows, The Archer's Paradox, gap shooting.
Ordering your bow.
Information needed for each type
The master eye.
Tuning: matching your arrows to bow, bracing height/strings, nocking point, arrowfit to string,otherequipment,troubleshooting
Arrows:spining shafts/making a spinetester,cutting feathers,types of arrow,arrowheads and fletchings,how to make a matched set of arrows,footed shafts,flight arrows.
Strings:
types and materials, making a laid-in (Flemish) string
Care of your bow.
Making a 'primitive' bow:
some woods, materials and tools, backings, tillering, cutting dimensions (English longbow, American Flatbow, Meare Heath Holmegaard (Mollegabet), cable backed flatbow.
Make a thumbring.
Glossary of archery terms.

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