Dating bear bows
I once asked an old bowyer friend of mine why he didn’t make a certain style bow that was all the rage. He replied, “Because it’s what everyone else is doing.
I do what feels right to me and make the bows I feel good about making.
The oldest indication for archery in Europe comes from Stellmoor in the Ahrensburg valley north of Hamburg, Germany.The bow and arrow are known to have been invented by the end of the Upper Paleolithic, and for at least 10,000 years archery was an important military and hunting skill, and features prominently in the mythologies of many cultures.Archers, whether on foot, in chariots and on horseback were a major part of most militaries until about 1500 when they began to be replaced by firearms, first in Europe, and then progressively elsewhere.If you want to be Olympic champion, you’ve got to look at recurve bows.Still the most popular style of archery in the UK, recurve archery is accessible by people of all abilities and is usually the first bow an archer will learn on.