SW Churchill, 2009
Our company archers use traditional English longbows made from
yew (a natural laminate) or ash. Unlike later bows, they have no
bindings for hand-grips.
weights of between 60 lbs and 90 lbs their effective range varies
dependent on the type of shafts and arrowheads used.
They are strung with heavily waxed linen
bow can be difficult. It is usually best to rest the bow on the
ground vertically. Brace with one foot and then, take a firm
grip on the upper most point. Lunge, with one foot forward
whilst compressing from the top, and gently tease the string
to or from the iron fixing at the top of the
(left) gives an indication of the length of a long-bow when
contrasted to the average height of a male.
Photographs © WW
We require that archers have one
sheaf, (24 arrows) for use at displays. These must be made from
traditional indigenous woods, fletched with goose feathers and
with horn knocks.
Our group uses hand-forged
iron/steel bodkins, broad-heads/swallow-tails and Type 16
arrowheads (and also blunts for use on the field).