Traditional

Bows over the Borders

Two bows showing unusual concave backs

Hugh Soar takes a look at bow making traditions from Scotland, France and Belgium   The tradition of Scottish bow making, both longbows and crossbows, is ancient and honourable. Makers of hand bows – in Scotland called ‘bowers’ or ‘bowares’ –

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Viking Archery

The 11th century Norman bows depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry still show the characteristic shape of the earlier Viking bows

While not widely known as having an archery culture, the Vikings nevertheless counted archers and bowyers among their number, says historian Jan Sachers Bows and arrows may not be not the first weapons that come to mind when we hear of

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Shooting From Horseback

The author holding multiple arrows for rapid reloading during the Hungarian event at the first stage of the European Grand Prix in Poland, 2014

Dan Sawyer of the British Horseback Archery Association gives you an overview of this unique side of the sport: how it used to be, how it’s practiced now, and how you can get involved The centaur is one of the most

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‘Mad Jack’ Churchill: Soldier and Archer

The author with four of the men’s bows from the ‘Mad Jack’ Churchill collection

You might have heard the name as belonging to a man famous for carrying a bow into battle in WWII, but who was he? Hugh Soar reveals the archer underneath the reputation John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill was born on

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Bowyery For Beginners

Pip demonstrates working a string groove into the horn tip

Pip Bickerstaffe relates the trials and tribulations of compressing a bow making course into two days, and the eventual successes Over the 50 years plus that I have been involved in archery I have done many things in the archery

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Travel Time

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Don’t let guilt about not practising ruin the holidays for you. John Dudley shares his tips for staying sharp when you’re away from your bow From time to time I ponder what kind of a subject I want to write

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Ask The Experts – Making a Longbow

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Q: I am a relatively new archer and would like to make myself a longbow. A friend in the club has a lovely osage longbow so I would like to make one like it from a kit, but how much

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Ask The Experts – Practice

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Q: I’ve been shooting a longbow for a while but it is only now that I’m actually thinking more seriously about practicing archery. Just going out and flinging some arrows down the range doesn’t improve my skills. Is there anything

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Ask The Experts – GPI

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Q: GPP, GPI, what’s that all about? A:Quite often we are asked: ‘Can I use carbon arrows?’ Often the answer was: ‘No! Use wooden arrows only.’ Being a bit of a rebel however, that did not sit right with me.

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Old Archery Games

Archers enjoy clout shooting with all different kinds of bows today

Archery was used for hunting and warfare for centuries, but that didn’t stop archers having fun with it too, as Jan Sachers reveals Sporting competition has always been a part of archery history, ever since early man first challenged his

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