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I have some experience with John Strunks bows. But never had the opportunity to try any others.
So I would like to hear who you guys like and have tried. My strunk yew bow is very impressive, and I shoot it better than anything I have. I would love for this thread to turn into a list of English longbow bowyers. Lol

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Hey Shawn,
I don’t have much experience with different bowyers, but hands down, the best yew Longbow I have ever shot, has to be a bow I have that was made by Ron Taylor, of London, England. I would go so far as to say his bows were the best you could buy. Anyone who was serious about yew Longbows, wanted a Ron Taylor.
I have a Jay St Charles yew bow, and last year I purchased 2 Welchman yew bows. They are very nice bows, but i think I will be letting them go, I just don’t shoot proper Longbows enough, I’m smitten with ASL’s.
If I were to try to buy a yew bow now, I would love to try a Don Adams :-)

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Hey Shawn,
I don’t have much experience with different bowyers, but hands down, the best yew Longbow I have ever shot, has to be a bow I have that was made by Ron Taylor, of London, England. I would go so far as to say his bows were the best you could buy. Anyone who was serious about yew Longbows, wanted a Ron Taylor.
I have a Jay St Charles yew bow, and last year I purchased 2 Welchman yew bows. They are very nice bows, but i think I will be letting them go, I just don’t shoot proper Longbows enough, I’m smitten with ASL’s.
If I were to try to buy a yew bow now, I would love to try a Don Adams :-)


I would love to try a don adams. But most I have seen are relatively heavy for me. I shoot normally 40-50 pounds. Not because I have to, just what I enjoy shooting.
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I have a Adams 44@28 and it sings  what a wonderful bow . Just ordered a ravenbeak laminated yew bamboo back 👍. Can’t wait for it to come in . Two Welshmen flat bows a Bickerstaft flatbow and a Saint Charles takedown English. Ya think I like them . 🏹👍.  Had a greenman on order but the bower fell ill. And he’s not filling orders any more 😩.   Yep I have a fondness for thouse style s 
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My favorite ELB was a 70# Don Adams that I shot for 30 years.  Only had to sell it because it finally got too heavy for me.  Yehwa is going to put me in his will to get that #44 one he has.  [smile]

Had a Welchman for about 6 months that I bought used and  had to sell back to the original owner from whom it had been stolen during a move. Absolutely loved it. Go to his website about once a week to look at them and think about ordering one.  Also been close to buying a Bickerstaff a couple times and am in the middle of a discussion with Ravenbeak in Canada about a bow.

Currently have a nice ELB from Jay St Charles that I shoot quite often.  Also have a Yew ELB from Weylin Olive at Swiftwood Bows and a Yew ELB and a couple of Hickory ELBs from a guy named Mike LaBrake out on the West Coast.

edit - Forgot to mention the 3 Strunk ELBs I have owned over the years. They were all great looking and smooth shooting bows.

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Hey Shawn,
I don’t have much experience with different bowyers, but hands down, the best yew Longbow I have ever shot, has to be a bow I have that was made by Ron Taylor, of London, England. I would go so far as to say his bows were the best you could buy. Anyone who was serious about yew Longbows, wanted a Ron Taylor.
I have a Jay St Charles yew bow, and last year I purchased 2 Welchman yew bows. They are very nice bows, but i think I will be letting them go, I just don’t shoot proper Longbows enough, I’m smitten with ASL’s.
If I were to try to buy a yew bow now, I would love to try a Don Adams :-)


Let me know when you get serious about getting rid of the Welchman bows.  Would love to have a discussion with you.

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.... Just ordered a ravenbeak laminated yew bamboo back 👍. Can’t wait for it to come in . 

Did you buy Vár?  Was on my short list until I got an email that it was no longer available.


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Hey bob . Yep that was me .and the Welshmans aren’t going anywhere. 😂🏹👍 looking forward to shooting the Elb s. With you sometime  .are you coming to the Baltimore shoot . Have you ever looked at the Gary chine I think I spelled his last name wrong u tube vid on shooting the English longbow. Very interesting. . Later 🏹👍
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Hey bob . Yep that was me .and the Welshmans aren’t going anywhere. 😂🏹👍 looking forward to shooting the Elb s. With you sometime  .are you coming to the Baltimore shoot . Have you ever looked at the Gary chine I think I spelled his last name wrong u tube vid on shooting the English longbow. Very interesting. . Later 🏹👍


Torn between 2 Yew selfbows at Ravenbeak - Orithiya (#52@30", #45-47@28") and Iverni (#40@28"). Both are well over what I was hoping to spend right now. Just not a lot of used ELBs in the #40's that show up in classified ads.

Baltimore is on my schedule again this year.  Hope to be able to do an overnight there so I can get some actual shooting in.  Usually it's a quick once around the vendor tents and maybe get to try out 2-3 new bows on the practice range.

Just found Gary Chynne on YouTube. Thanks for the recommendation. Lots of interesting videos.  I am sure I could waste a whole rainy weekend binge watching.

 


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