The long bow is a traditional bow dating back to the 12th century.

It was the main weapon of war, until the advent of firearms and was replaced by the musket in the 16th century.

Famously used at the battle of Agincourt where the English defeated a much larger French army, mostly due to the effectiveness of the English archers.

The Longbow is a simple wooden construction traditionally made of Yew but also can be made of Ash. A longbow has no sights or arrow rest.


The Recurve bow, also known as a Take-down bow, is a modern development of the longbow.

It is made up of three pieces. The riser (the centre piece with a grip) and top and bottom limbs.

There are lots of accessories available for recurve bows such as arrow rests, stabilisers, pressure buttons and sights.



A compound bow is a modern bow that uses a levering system, usually of cables and pulleys, to bend the limbs.

The compound bow is little affected by changes in temperature and humidity and this gives it superior accuracy, velocity, and distance compared to other bows.

The compound bow was first developed in 1966 by Holless Wilbur Allen in Missouri, and a US patent was granted in 1969.