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Longbow riser comparison

Comparing longbow riser layouts

I’ve experimented with making longbows with four different riser layouts. Riser A represents probably the simplest layout. It puts the grip portion centered at bow center. For example, a 4” grip will be 2” above bow center and 2” below…

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plains indian style quiver

How to make a plains Indian quiver

One of the most comfortable quivers to carry in the field or woods is a plains Indian style quiver. This one was made long enough to cover the fletchings of a standard 28" arrow with field points or broadheads with…

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contrast is good

Contrast is good when making bows!

I have to admit that I am an artist first and a bowyer second. Yes, making bows is an opportunity to unleash my inner mad scientist, but it is also a chance to express my artistic ability. Whenever anyone asks…

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nock files

String nock files for making bows

When I first started making bows, the best instructions that I could find said to use a "6" rat tail file" for cutting in the string nocks at the limb tips. The 6" file made a pretty wide string groove…

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Cocobolo recurve grip

Grip size of a recurve

In the previous post, Grip size of a longbow, I listed some basic sizes for locator style longbow grips. In this post, I'll provide the same information for recurves—the best ways to measure a grip and suggested measurements for small,…

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Grip size of a longbow

The grip on a longbow is usually smaller and more refined than the grip on a hunting recurve, a target recurve, or even a compound bow. Obviously, the most comfortable grip size is determined by the size of your bow…

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HAMMER Hybrid Longbow-footed riser

Five common styles of longbow grips

It might seem like there are a million different types of longbow grips/handles, but I think they can easily be classified in five categories of common styles: 1) straight or “Hill”-style, 2) dished, 3) humped, 4) locator, and 5) sculpted/recurve…

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