Romance With a Bow
There you are - alone in the meadow on a beautiful fall day. The wonders of nature abound and there is a stillness in the air. Listen! The soft whirr of an arrow breaks the silence as it soars effortlessly to your target. Ah yes, this is archery at its best - the traditional longbow.
People have been shooting bows and arrows for generations. Some famous paintings of archers are at least 20,000 years old. Paintings of hunters pursuing deer and bison with a traditional long bow were found on cave walls in France and Spain. It was customary for tribes to hunt for their food and clothing with a traditional longbow. Also, for centuries the traditional longbow was a weapon of war and nations rose and fell because of it. American Indians were hunting with the traditional longbow in the late 1800’s. Today, hunters that seek adventure and challenge pursue their prey with a traditional longbow. Archers anxious to enjoy the traditional archery experience use a traditional longbow to shoot at targets of various kinds.
The early traditional longbow was crafted from some of the finest woods. Today, a traditional longbow may be made from fine quality wood, fibreglass or laminated layers of wood and fibreglass. At Precision Archery Pro, we feature the Bearpaw Marksman Longbow of acorn and maple wood and the beautiful Manchester Solo Deluxe Longbow of maple wood grain laminated with clear fibreglass.
Almost every traditional longbow is graded according to weight. This assigned weight is not the weight of the bow, but the amount of force needed to pull back the string. Young archers usually use a traditional longbow graded between 15 and 30 pounds. Most bows are available in a range of weights. Our Bearpaw Marksman Longbow and the Manchester Deluxe Solo Longbow are available in a range between 40 and 50 pounds. The length for your traditional longbow depends on your skill, experience and stature. Often youths choose a length of about 60” while a mature or experienced archer may select a 68” length. A traditional longbow has straight limbs and tends to be slower or less efficient that a recurve or compound bow but if you want to experience the romance of archery let the traditional longbow be your bow.