Was led to an interesting older article from 2003 about bowyer Lukas Novotny’s attempts to recreate composite bows. He is still handcrafting and selling them, by the looks of it. It features the sort of difficult, pernickity, single-minded attention to detail that never fails to impress me. The full PDF with lots of pictures … Continue reading Lukas Novotny / Saluki Bow
Interesting article in the New York Times this week entitled Today’s Girls Love Pink Bows as Playthings, but These Shoot, about the rise of weapon toys for girls in the brave new Katniss / Merida world. As the writer slightly wearily points out, “it’s the same type of toy that has been marketed to boys for … Continue reading girls with bows pt. 27
Found these excellent videos on YouTube about traditional Korean bowmaking, constructing the gungdo (각궁) of bamboo, sinew, horn and various woods. Unfortunately, all the videos are in Korean, the only option is YouTube caption subtitles (click on the little icon below the screen that looks like an addressed envelope, and select ‘on’, ‘Translate Captions’, and then … Continue reading how a bow is born
New this week at the big archery trade show in Nashville, the Hoyt Stealth Shot. Essentially a set of recurve dampers, similar to that attached to (and often removed from) many compound bows for years, it promises a 1/2 to 3/4 feet per second increase in arrow speed, consistent arrow separation, better post shot reaction, … Continue reading New Hoyt Stealth Shot – does it work?
This has been around for a while, but if you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth a look. Korean teenager Dong Woo Jang – whose previous hobbies included studying spider anatomy – started making bows as a hobby, and gave a brief (8 minute) TED talk on the subject. Watch it here: http://www.ted.com/talks/dong_woo_jang_the_art_of_bow_making.html His … Continue reading bows from the concrete jungle
As recommended on my trip to Lilleshall, I have invested in a pair of AdiZero shot-put shoes by Adidas. They come in a few colours, with a smart ‘Adidas Track & Field’ label on the inside. As you might imagine, they are designed for shotputters, and the idea of using them for archery comes from … Continue reading new toys part 1: archery shoes
Shibuya stabilisation circa 1992. Great for CB radio, as well… or fighting the Empire. (via www.bogensport.de) Continue reading kit