Re: [SCA-Archery] Longbows
I am also the proud owner of a Don Adams longbow, though mine is 81# @ 28" and it is a 6'4" single stave with horn nocks (and a handle). He uses the finest select yew , properly seasoned and his workmanship is unsurpassed. It is a beautiful work of art besides being a precision shooting instrument.
I own and have owned many longbows.
I had an old Glenn St.Charles, and a Jay St. Charles, a Steve Ralphs, a Michael Llwadell, a Pip Bickerstaff, a Jack Strunk (all very fine bowyers), as well as a few that I have made. I've also owned a Don Adams in the past, bu sold it because the draw weight was all wrong for me. He is regarded by the British bowyers as the apex of the bowyer's art and was asked by the Mary Rose Trust to provide the yew staves that they used to fashion the replica bows. The yew available from the Pacific Northwest is considered the best in the world right now. In Medieval times it seems to have been Spanish yew that was favored.
When I first began shopping for a bowyer many years ago, people in the know would always reccommend a bowyer and say that they were almost as good as Don Adams, but of course much less expensive. I decided that I didn't want someone almost as good as Don Adams, and yes, his bows are very expensive, but you get what you pay for.
Enjoy your bow. You'll get none better.
From: The Buzzard Moon
Sent: Friday, August 18, 2006 1:13 AM
Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Longbows
I recently received my warbow from Don Adams. It is a 7' self stave yew with no handle. It works full compass and is a thing of beauty. The bow draws 104# at 30 inches.
Richard de Westwode
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Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2006 7:42 AM
Subject: [SCA-Archery] Longbows
Where can I get a traditional longbow? I have been trying to find one
with a draw of at least 85 lbs. but most of the ones I find are not
more than half that.
As an aside, what is the appeal of a 5-6 ft. bow that only draws 35-45
lbs? It really seems like a wast of two feet of wood...
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- In a message dated 8/22/06 11:28:32 AM, andros.korkyrates@... writes:
> Illegal to export from where, exactly? English yew is quite widespread inI had heard that "English Yew" was illegal to export...from England.
> some parts of Europe, and has been rapidly gaining favor of landscapers over
> last two decades or so - and it is not a complete stranger to New World's
> shores, either. I doubt it's considered an 'endangered species', really...
William the Archer
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