The American Longbow: How to make one, and its place in a good life

The American Longbow: How to make one, and its place in a good life

by Stephen Graf


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In this book you will find easy-to-follow instructions for making your own American Longbow from scratch, and advice on how to shoot it. It will take you through the entire process of building a bow, from design to construction. In addition, it explores both the philosophical and concrete reasons why making your own bow will add to the story of your good life. If you’ve ever thought about making your own bow, this book is a good place to start.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990782667
Publisher: Stephen Graf
Publication date: 06/16/2017
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 454,427
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

One time NASA engineer having worked on some 50 Space Shuttle missions (the only evidence left is the stack of "rocket scientist" T-shirts in the drawer), and one time semi-conductor engineer having worked on equipment and chemical processes used to produce some of the first submicron chips (now terribly obsolete), and one time entrepreneur having started an archery company based on a half dozen patents, he now resides on his 50 acre subsistence farm with his family. This book is the result of more than a decade of study, gentle living, and bow building.

Table of Contents

Thank You xi

Nomenclature xiii

Foreword xv

1: By Way of Introduction 1

2: Design Considerations 15

3: In Defense of Hunting 42

4: Building a Form 52

5: Building a Riser 76

6: Catch It, Kill It, Grow It 92

7: Making or Collecting Limb Laminations 103

8: Performing the Lay-Up 128

9: More Than Just a Stick and String 155

10: Tillering 167

11: Finishing the Bow 196

12: More Design Considerations 200

13: Shooting Tips 215

14: The Good Life 241

Appendix A: The Upshot, How I Make Them Now 247

Appendix B: Glossary of Terms 251

Appendix C: Bibliography 254

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