I have noticed there are a few people here who are into archery. Its something I have always fancied a go at myself. So...with that in mind I decided to make a bow today. Followed a few links on here (Thanks Stovie) and made a bow from some pieces of cane. I made a bow just under 6 feet long using 4 pieces of cane. Unfortunately I used pieces that are a bit too thick and the bow has come out too strong. I'm a reasonably fit and strong person (practiced martial arts for years and still weight train) but find it just too difficult to pull back fully. Here's the funny bit (NOT!!!)....I should have tried it out before spending 2 hours wrapping it fully with string .
Anyhow...I find I can pull it back far enough to fire it although its not easy nor comfortable but both me and my son (who is 15 and bigger than me) still spent an hour with it in the garden tonight and had great fun . We used a couple of old cardboard boxes flattened out for a target and we both even managed to hit it a few times. Mind you the garden is only 25 yards long . You should see the state of our hands with blisters though
Here's the thing though.....I think I'm hooked!!!
Before today I had only ever fired a toy bow when I was a kid and I have just spent the last 3 hours surfing archery sites.
So before I put the credit card into meltdown mode I need to ask a few questions from those who know better....
1. What is the best 'type' of bow for a begginer to learn with? (I was thinking of a recurve bow). Maybe something like this http://www.merlinarcherycentre.co.uk...w_-_Adult.html
2. I really like the idea of field target. Would a recurve bow be suitable for this (if I can find a club in the area)?
3. Are there other bows I should be looking at without spending too much initially, incase the novelty wears off. SWMBO seams to think this is a possibility.
Many thanks in advance for any info.......Gumbob
ps. I will be having another go at making one in the next couple of weeks