The basics of traditional archery, once learned and mastered, are never forgotten.
I started archery shooting with a traditional wooden longbow and wooden arrows. It brought to mind some helpful tips that I still love which I remembered from my younger days. I still use these tips today and would like to share some of them.
The fun of true traditional archery involves no archery scopes or sights, pulleys or wheels or carbon fiber – just the good old eye and natural ability to look over the thumb, holding on to a traditional wooden longbow and wooden arrow while looking at the target. Nothing is as fun as setting the arrow at the right height for the shot, to either hit the moving or still target.
It’s like flying a plane. If you learn to do it without the computer or gadgets, you will always know how to fly.
Getting Started With A Wooden Longbow
Starting out with a traditional straight wooden longbow is the best way. Start with a good quality longbow as the cheaper ones just do not handle well. Be sure that the grip fits your hand fully. Do not get or use one that is too small or too large. It will throw off your balance, especially if it is too large. The only time you might want to use one, which is not recommended, is when you are growing up fast and simply outgrow the bow. It would be better to buy a cheaper product to learn the basics and then move up to a better product to hone your skills.
Consider Your Strength
Strength is very necessary and very important to pull a traditional wooden longbow to full power. Be sure that you can use all your arm strength because you will not have the proper positioning basics if you cannot. Pull all the way to the cheek or lip to gain the full power of the bow. You can always use a lip button if you need to.
I always bring the longbow down from the top ever so slightly to the target when pulling. This gives you a nice eye on the path of the arrow. Do not tip the longbow side to side as this will throw off the balance. Try to keep it as straight as possible without having the arrow fall off the rest. Do not twist the string, as this pulls the arrow to the side and poor alignment occurs.
Care For Your Fingers
I like to use a finger glove with some very hard but flexible finger pads. This assures there is microscopic resistance on the string and allows for a good release. My arm guard is as long as I can get it and very stiff. In this way, you will not have to bend or twist your wrist to get the forearm out-of-the-way of the string. I had taken off a lot of skin before solving this problem when I was younger. Nothing deters and breaks the concentration more than thinking you will have pain when you line up a shot so, do indeed get a long hard arm guard.
Archery – Basics of Traditional Wooden Arrows
Traditional archery arrows come in many different options, and today you can still find similar primitive arrow styles. The technology has improved immensely, but they are still made of wood.
The types of wood have changed some. A long time ago, it was birch and pine mainly because I think they were plentiful and cheap. As times changed cedar became the standard of the woods. The types of woods vary by hardness, straightness, easiness of dyeing, durability and ease of construction.
- Ash is heavy, durable and not very straight.
- Lodgepole pine could be made in a laminated form that is extremely straight and very durable.
- Cedar is light in weight straight, durable and retains a pleasant aroma.
- Spruce, birch, and poplar are still used for some standard boxwood arrows.
- Ramin is heavy but is prone to bending and is primarily used for some cheaper arrows because of price.
- Douglas fir is heavy but is less straight. Maple is beautiful wood and is heavy, straight and durable.
- Hickory is durable but not very straight.
- Bamboo is tough and constructed in cheaper arrows with some custom applications.
The main wood that is still the standard is cedar, which takes a nice stain and could be very colorful. Some of the woods are very susceptible to humidity and warp very easily. They can, however, be straightened. Also, note that wooden arrows have some inconsistent grain patterns and might be prone to flight deviations.
Some advantages of wood are that it is cheaper, easy to work with and you can build your custom arrow to whatever specifications and designs you like. They could be made with all different makes of vanes that the maker chooses to use. They could be constructed of plastic or real feathers, depending on your preference. Arrows could be constructed in the traditional box or the first order using the traditions of the past. Cutting arrows to an exact size is also easy to do.
Recurve bows, when made of horns, make utilization of a pre-bent plan so that when the bow is drawn, pressure is picked up in this manner radiating more power. This kind of bow has tips that bend far from the Bowman when the bow is unstrung. One qualification of the recurve is that the string touches areas of the appendages when the bow is hung. It stores more vitality contrasted with other straight-limbed bows. It can allow a shorter bow than the straightforward bow for a specific bolt vitality. This structure is regularly favored by bowmen in situations where long weapons could be difficult.
More on Longbows
Longbow bows and arrows (bolts) were utilized as a part of medieval fighting to an overwhelming impact. Individuals in Medieval England saw the bow as powerful in maritime fights also. It is a particularly tall bow, here and there equivalent to the tallness of the Bowman who utilizes it. The explanation behind this is to permit the clients to have a genuinely long draw, at any rate to the jaw.
The Longbow’s Arms
Dissimilar to the recurve bow, its appendages are thin; they are roundabout or Deformed in the cross segment. A longbow gets its energy for the most part from the length of its body. It can be produced using a single bit of wood, and it can be made pretty effortlessly and rapidly. Exceedingly skilled bow makers can deliver a wooden longbow in only a couple of hours.
Do remember to never store your arrows setting down. Store them standing vertical, and never at any point abandon them, or put them away in a quiver to secure the vanes.
While recovering arrows from an objective, you ought to have a arrow extractor. It spares the arrow as well as the hands.
Make sure to never use a wooden arrow in the speedier compound bows since they could part and break. Utilize just the longbow or recurve for the best results, the most happiness, and out and out fun.
Simple is sometimes Best.