Traditional Bows

Traditional archery is archery in its original form.  Beautiful bows emphasising natures raw materials. No gadgets. No aids. Just your skill with a bow and arrow.  

Wooden arrows fletched with feathers, a wooden bow, shooting glove, bracer and quiver is all the equipment you need to compete alongside other traditional archers. 

Traditional archery relies solely on the archer's skill, or instinct, to hit the target. This make it a very challenging, but extremely rewarding discipline. 

Occasionally used at some target events, but traditional archery's real home is in the woods shooting unmarked distances. 

The most famous bow in the world is the English Longbow.  With such a history it is no surprise that the longbow is still a popular choice for archers today.  Although today’s bows outperform the longbow in every department, there is no true substitute for it.  

You do not own a longbow because of it is accuracy or ease of use.  You own a longbow because of what it is; A beautiful, authentic piece of history. 

Made famous by the mounted warriors of ancient times, these short, fast, flexible bows are a hugely enjoyable.  Their beautiful, flowing forms and simplistic nature appeal to a broad range of archers.  Both experienced and novice alike. 

P.s. Horse not included. 

The definition of a hybrid bow will vary depending on who you ask.  If a recurve bow and a flatbow had a baby, it would look like a hybrid bow. 

Hybrid bows have the long, slim aesthetic of a flat bow, but with a partially recurve limb shape. 

If you are a competition archer, check the rules of your governing body to determine what classification of bow you would be shooting as. 

Traditional bow limb will come in a variety of materials, shapes and fittings.  Be sure to check compatibility in both fit and weight.  Traditional take down limbs may be riser specific.  If they are ILF compatible, check the draw weight is measured with the correct riser length as this can make substantial variations in actual draw weight. 

A modern longbow may be the best way to describe this type of bow.  In fact, ‘Longbow’ is its common name if you happen to live across the pond in the USA. 

But do not mix up the terms.  It is not a Longbow, as our American friends call it – it is a flatbow!  Like a football is not a prolate spheroid – it is a sphere! 

The utilization of modern materials is what differentiates it from its ancestor.  Its fibreglass outer laminates give it increased flexibility and durability.  It also has a small cut-away to shoot the arrow from the shelf, rather than off the hand. 

A flat bow is a good compromise of tradition and modern materials.   

Shorter than a typical target recurve bow, field recurve bows are designed to be shot without sights and often without an arrow rest.  Their shorter length makes them faster than their target bow cousins, and more manoeuvrable in the woods. 

Due to their more compact dimensions, many of the bows are of ‘one-piece’ in design – meaning the limbs cannot be detached, while other ‘take-down’ variations are still popular.   

Neither offers any benefits in performance over the other.  Personal preference would be the deciding factor as there are excellent examples of both. 

When combined with feathered wooden arrows, this type of bow makes up one of the most popular divisions in field archery. 

Generally shorter in length than their ‘Target Riser’ counterparts.  They feature a shorter sight window, since most archers shooting these types of riser would not fit a sight.  Often they feature a raised and curved shelf, for resting arrows directly on the riser in place of an arrow rest.