As a specialist in Longbows and the tuition of Longbows, Most of the bows I sell are…….Longbows!!!

I have two bowyers who make bows for me, Hilary Greenland (Hickory Greenheart!) And Paul Reed.

They are both excellent bowyers and have been making bows for at least 35 years.

Hilary also makes bamboo backed American Longbows (flat bows) which are really nice to shoot, and unusual ‘primitive’ and native bows.

My Husband, Mick, is now making primitive bows for kids, as it keeps him busy and stops him worrying about his health to much. He loves playing in the workshop.

Mick is now making traditional crossbows for use with the National Field Archery Society.

My husband, Mick, making a ‘primitive’ yew bow with Hilary Greenland.

Different nocks from different bowyers.

I also have ‘take down’ beginners recurves, that are ideal for a starter bow, especially for kids. (Big and small!!)

Because they are a reasonable price, it doesn’t cost the earth to get the whole family shooting.

Starting at £75, (65 for kids) which includes a string and arrow rest/shelf, They really are a good way to start. It also doesn’t matter if you lend it to someone else…

A longbow should NEVER, EVER be leant to anyone else!

A longbow must ONLY be shot with Mediterranean or Flemish loose.

(One finger above and two below the arrow or one finger above and one below the arrow) Note: most societies only allow Mediterranean one above and two below.

My Longbows are £530 to £550 at the moment, although that can change at any time, especially if a special is ordered.

If I haven’t got one in stock, I can usually have one made within a couple of months, maybe less. If a bow is ordered for you, unless its a ‘one off’, if it doesn’t don’t get it, it goes into stock and we try again!

Longbows by: Hilary Greenland and Paul Reed.

 and Primitives and traditional crossbows  by Mick Pearce.

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This is what happens if you ‘dry-loose’ a longbow. (Or any other bow!)

NEVER dry loose!

NEVER lend your bow to another person!

NEVER overdraw your bow!

It’s not just a longer draw length that breaks a bow, but the ‘torque’ on the handle being different.


As some souls seem to have a problem knowing what the cross section of a traditional, sporting, English Longbow should be, here is a photo showing, on the left, a flat or ‘primitive’ bow and on the right an English longbow.

As can easily be seen, an English longbow is a D section and not ‘flat’ as a lot of the bows I now see.

Do make sure that you purchase the correct cross section when buying your bow.

Just because a bow has horn hocks, it really doesn’t make it an English Longbow.

The bows we now call English Longbows are based on the Edwardian/Victorian ‘high-stacked’ (that is a D shaped belly) bows used for target archery in the 19th Century. (See right hand bow section in the photo)

The bow should not have any built up handle that can be used as an arrow shelf, as the bow MUST be shot off the hand.

Some of the English and American Longbows I stock, as well as one my carved quivers.

Mick’s crossbows.

Shot with wood bolts with feather fletch.

No sights, so very traditional

These are ONLY sold to archers we know and who belong to the National Field Archery Society.