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The incomplete longbow guide


*   Shooting a longbow

*   Selecting arrows

*   Making arrows

*   Frequently asked questions

*   Favourite Links & resources              

*   Clubs & competitions


Click above for a short description of each part of this guide. Click on the left to enter each part of the guide.


This guide is a shared resource. Contributions and suggestions for new links are welcome. Contact us at:


Shooting a longbow

This part of the guide will take you through the basics of shooting in the longbow. It assumes some knowledge of archery.

Style of shooting in the longbow is personal choice so we give some ideas and its up to you what you accept and what you reject.


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Selecting arrows

It’s up to you whether you buy arrows or make your own. Either way you need to know what you are looking for.

This part explains the archers paradox and the importance of getting the right arrow spine for your bow.


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Making arrows


If you want to make your own arrows you can buy expensive books or follow our guide.

*   Selecting the shafts

*   Inserting piles and nocks

*   Fletching

*   Cresting


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Frequently asked questions

If your question is not answered here send it to and VAL will try to find the answer and post it on this site.


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Favourite Links

*   Nigel Cook’s Longbow

*   Paul's Archery Web Site

*   Bow mechanics and arrow flight


For more links click on links on the left.


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There are many target competitions which attract longbow entries but I have listed here only those where the  competition is only for longbows or wooden bows. I don't know of any longbow only filed or clout competitions. Please let me know of any you have come across.

*   Target

*   Field

*   Clout


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Last revised: October 2003