Many people today enjoy
re-enacting the past glories of archery.
Bushmen still hunt with bows and arrows. Their bows are 3 feet long. Their arrows have poison on the tips but use no feathers.
Beam me up Scottie
"Dianna" was a Godess
WOOD IS GOOD
The spirit of our ancestors is alive and well at Basically Bows Archery.
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The English longbow was called the Welsh longbow.
The English adopted the longbow after the Welsh beat them up with it.
The English longbow is ambidextrous. It has NO prejudice.
The Earl was heard to say "Gadzooks methinks this a fine weapon".
The oldest arrowheads are 64,000 years old and were found in South Africa in the Sibudu Cave. It's just down the road from Buwana Jim's.
Flint arrowheads have been found from 16,000 BC bound with animal sinew and on split wood shafts.
From Sicily we have a hip bone dated from 11,000 BC that has a flint arrow head embedded in it. No doubt the first mafia hit.
Oetzi, also known as The Iceman was shot in the back with a flint arrowhead 5,300 years ago. He also had tattoos, a longbow and a full quiver of arrows.
In 2,800 BC the first composite bows were developed using fish bladder glue.
Did you know Spartan King Leonidas and all his Spartans died under a volley of Persian arrows?
In 53 BC at the Battle of Carrhae 20,000 Romans were killed in one day by Parthian arrows.
King Harold of England was hit in the eye by an arrow at the Battle of Hastings.
Did you know King Saul and his sons were all killed in battles with bows?
Did you know that Richard The Lion Hearted died from an infected arrow wound?
So don't shoot yourself in the foot, it could hurt.
Henry The VIII had a fabled passion for archery.
Queen Victoria's favourite sport was archery and she also smoked marijauna
but that's another story.
Bamboo is nature's carbon fibre - tough and resilient. Before fiberglass Howard Hill used bamboo backed bows.
Bamboo can't be beat.
Hickory is a great bow wood and was used by eastern Native Americans.
A New LEVEL of Archery
Nothing is impossible - Have Fun
Asia has a great tradition of archery.
There are hundreds of examples of archery in antiquity.
From our Toronto based store Basically Bows Archery sells archery supplies for experienced archers and beginners. We also sell every piece required for the experienced archery enthusiast to build your own bows, strings and arrows.
ARCHERY ACCORDING TO GARY
There are 3 lines in archery you must be aware of.
1 The Line of Sight
The line of sight goes from your eye to the target. It is the only straight line in archery.
The line of sight consists of the dominant eye, the target, the arrow point and finally put the arrow nock on the line.
You are now lined up visually.
2 The Power Line
The power line consists of the bow hand, bow, string, draw finger, back of the hand, wrist, forearm muscles, and string elbow. Look at the power line like a chain where each part of the power line is a link in the chain. The chain must be pulled straight from the bow hand to the string elbow. If there is any twisting between any link, the power line is not straight and results in a miss. In other words do not hold the bow, only hook the string, do not grip it. Do not cock the wrist. Do not tighten your forearm muscles to grip the string. If you do any of these things you’ll torque the power line and miss. RELAX BABY - RELAX.
3 The Line of Force
The line of force has only two points. They are the bow hand and the string elbow.
The string elbow must be directly behind the bow hand. If there is any torquing of any link in the power line, the force line goes from the elbow to that link. The force line will not go from the elbow to the bow hand. This is why you miss even though the arrow appears visually straight to the target.You cannot see the line of force. You must feel it and direct it to the target.
If you can put these three lines together you’ve got a hit. The essence of this is being relaxed as a chain under tension.
The truth is your elbow is the anchor not the not the corner of your mouth. The corner of your mouth is just a draw check. If you line up from the corner of your mouth, the arrow will appear straight to the target, but when you release the power will come from wherever your elbow is and if it is left or right of your mouth you will miss. PERIOD.
Relax the upper body and get that elbow back in line.