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Longbow 1415's excellent pics at  https://forum.traditionalarcherysociety.com/post/loves-me-some-taxus-brevifolia-10612041?pid=1312307646 has reignited an old wish.

I was born on 25th October, the generally accepted date of the Battle of Agincourt, amongst several others. Even though the date is not accepted as correct amongst some, I would still like to have a period correct English War Bow, arrows, etc. as finances permit.

Hence, who would be the best bowyers to contact?

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Pip Bickerstaffe of England is the best source.  https://www.thelongbowshop.com/products/
Google his name and some video's pop up. Nobody in the U.S. has his knowledge or workmanship.

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Thank you, Mr. Hatfield. I had no idea you were on this forum.

As it so happened I did go through the Bickerstaffe website just yesterday but there was no mention of a yew EWB. Nonetheless, I'll drop him a line.

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Perhaps Yew is difficult to source now. England used yew from Spain and Italy early on because English Yew was not very suitable for bows. American Yew is also hard to come by since the usage of that species for Taxol decimated standing trees all over the Northwest. Be interesting to know Bickerstaffe's response! 
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Thank you Paul. Will reply in a bit.

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Perhaps Yew is difficult to source now. England used yew from Spain and Italy early on because English Yew was not very suitable for bows. American Yew is also hard to come by since the usage of that species for Taxol decimated standing trees all over the Northwest. Be interesting to know Bickerstaffe's response! 


Thank you, Mr. Hatfield.
Bickerstaffe's response will probably be the same as yours. Will update the thread accordingly.

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Gerald Welch (Welchman Bows) was making period English Warbows until he passed last year. You might be able to find a used one. Most guys quickly find the idea of a 115# Warbow to be more interesting than the work required to stay in shape to shoot them. 
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I do not have one of Mr. Bickerstaffe's yew  longbows,but do have a hickory/purpleheart/lemonwood longbow that he makes and the workmenship is fantastic.Some other gents from England that make Mary Rose type yew englishlongbows that you might want to take a look at there facebook pages are: Joe Gibbs-Hillbilly Bows,Steve Stratton-Stratton Crafts and the last gentleman, I forgot he name at the moment, but he facebook page is Boston Bows. Hope this is some help. 
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Thanks, Englishlongbow.
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Most guys quickly find the idea of a 115# Warbow to be more interesting than the work required to stay in shape to shoot them. 


I'd be looking at a 65# to 70# bow. There was a time when I wanted to hit 100# by the time I turned 50 but the cost and hassle of importing bows in 10# increments put paid to that and I have been stuck at 60# since 2012.

In any case, my first priority is a Northern Mist American.

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Once you get your American.........;-)

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LOL.
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