As to the post about when recurves apeared in Britain, my best
information is 2665bc from a find in Somerset. It is call the Ashcott
Heath bow, made of yew and was slightly recurved.
An all wood recurve is much more efficient than a long bow you will
gain about 20 to 25 ft.per. sec. with the same draw wieght, they can
be made shorter making them easier to carry.
The draw back is that the won't stand the high draw wieghts of a
6ft or longer straight bow. You need as much draw wieght as you can
handle in a war bow, you may have someone shooting back at you.
Lighter draw wieght bows are more accurate for most people at
hunting ranges and you can put game on the table with a 40lb bow.
Just my ramblings on the subject after 50yrs of making and shooting
all types of bows. Also let it be known that I tend to be very
opinionated on this subject and my views are at times my own.
Not to upset any one but the English longbow in my opinion is very
over rated for any thing but war useage.
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Baron Gawin of Kevelioc