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Hi, welcome to the site,
Note:- The videos on here don't work anymore so here's a link to my Photobucket account where they all reside.
http://s411.beta.photobucket.com/user/Del_the_Cat/library/websitevideos

I've been making bows of all types (Longbows, flatbows, composites & crossbows) for over 40 years. It is self bows (bows made from one piece of timber rather than laminated) which are my main passion.
I'm based just north of London in the UK.

 

This site shows some of the bows I've made, with some hints, tips and my bowyer's blog (which is the main source of info if you are making a bow).
There are a few videos too, the Chinese Repeating Crossbow being perhaps the most unusual. (Ok it's not a self bow...)


Click on the blue page links to the left to see the different timbers and styles of bow.
 

I'm always keen to talk to archers and bowyers to share experience and stories. I have made many different bows just to see how they perform and to learn new skills.

 

If you have questions, or want more technical info on these pages just ask ('contact me').



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Above) That's not an actual arrow being drawn, just a bare shaft to measure the draw distance, I'm pulling about 90 pounds there, hence the grimace!)
(Left) Horn nock with silver rivets on a 40 pound longbow I made for a Lady in 2011, the Yew heartwood is particularly dark and tight grained.

You'll see me on some of the archery websites, Primitive Archer and Archery Interchange as 'Del the Cat'. 

I'm a member of Celtic Harmony Longbow Club in Hertfordshire UK, a field shooting club. (One of the targets is shown below)  

That's my arrow in the middle of the Croc'.
A first arrow kill at 30 yards over water!
(It doesn't happen often!)
 

 
 
 
 
Below is one of my experimental bows, Cherry with an Ash back, the wood being from local trees.
The Ash had been cut for firewood, the Cherry had fallen over but the roots were still keeping it alive so it hadn't rotted. I cut it back so it would regrow from the root.
 
I hadn't used Cherry before so was interested to push the wood to it's limit. The piece here is the shorter and knottier half of a log.

The bow shoots very fast, it's 24" draw, I was testing on the tiller pulling it back to 25" to see if it had a spare 1" of draw as a safety factor... it went BANG and smashed.
There was a fault in the glue line. It taught me a fair bit about using hide glue, cutting thin sections on my new bandsaw and the feel of Cherry. It was a sort of 'Laminated stave' bow, very pretty, I shall build a bigger one using the better half of the Cherry sometime.
Below is the rather pretty Ash Back. 

More pics and detail in the Bowyers Blog (May 2010).
 
Bottom left is my first Osage bow, made of spliced billets with static recurved tips (e.g. The tips don't flex).
 
Bow in the snow, Mary Rose approximation longbow 90# @ 28". It would probably draw to 31" but was made for 28" draw. I tested it to 29" and as it has two big knots I didn't risk taking it further. I just about managed to master it at 28".  Finally bottom right is my Hornbeam character primitive.