Thought it would be a good time for an introduction,
I recently got into making Traditional Long Bows. West Coast Native American style using Pacific Yew. I was told its been a family tradition for many generations. Unfortunately every bow I've made has broke. Still lots to learn. Pacific Yew isn't all that easy to come by either as it is protected. Since my family is Native American my Dad does have rights to get it. I live too far away to access any myself. I have blown through all my staves my Dad gave me. Just waiting on more to give it another go.
Making these bows have sparked a real interest in Traditional bows. I was going to buy a Long Bow just so I can shoot while I made, but decided to try a recurve by Martin instead. Picked up a Brand new Martin Saber at 55# for me and a Martin Jaguar at 35# for my wife. The cost of both were just too hard to say no too. The saber ran me 170 shipped and the jaguar 150 shipped. The 55# limbs are a bit much for a first time archer, so I bought a set of Martin Limbs that are 45#. Quite a difference! Although I could probably go even lower the 45# feels real nice.
Considering that I am completely new at this I am a bit unsure what I should get for a rest and site. My wife took it upon herself and got me NAP 360 Capture rest and Trophy Ridge Punisher 5 for my birthday just a few days ago. I am not entirely sure these are meant for recurves? Although both the Saber and the Jaguar do have mounting spots for both.
I am currently waiting on some target arrows before I can say much about the Martin's. Overall the quality is fantastic.
Anyhow, I hope to learn as much as possible from this forum. I have been a member for some time. Just haven't made any posts.