Use of Your Longbow

When you want to use your bow warm it steadily by rubbing with a soft dry cloth.

Stringing your Bow

Remember to use one of the safe proven methods to string your bow!

My single groove nock designs are not suitable for use with a stringer. The bows are built with slim limbs and nocks for speed and accuracy, the slim buffalo horn tips are not designed to withstand the stresses exerted even with leather pouched stringers.

Stringing Your Longbow

My preferred stringing method is:
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  1. Slide the top loop over the nock and down the limb
  2. Hook the bottom loop into the nock
  3. Holding the bottom of the string taught by the centre serving step through the bow with your left leg
  4. Rest the bottom of the bow against the front of your right ankle and position the handle high at the back of your left thigh.
  5. Using your left hand push the top of the bow forwards and slide the string up and into the nock to string your bow.

This method protects the bottom nock from the ground and provides greater leverage therefore allowing stringing of bows up to 65lbs once perfected.

The push-pull stringing method is also suitable for my single groove nocks.

Twisting the string will shorten it’s overall length, ensure the bow is braced between 6” and 6 ½”. A lower strung bow will last longer, a “highly strung” bow is more likely to break.

The bow should be gently flexed several (20+) times in increasing increments before taking it to full draw and gently letting down a few times to complete the process.

Your bow is now ready for use.

Never loose a bow without an arrow!

For safety your bow has been pulled beyond its draw length around 50 times (normally to 30" for a 28"draw bow of nominal 72" length), however the bow is only designed for regular use up to the stated draw length. If others use your bow their draw length may be beyond its designed limits and cause it to weaken or fracture.

Care of your longbow...