RIGHT an ash Powhatan bow based on one in the Ashmolean Museum collected in the 17th century
LEFT Meare Heath style bow in ash
ABOVE: Mollegabet and Holmegaard styles in elm
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Meare Heath and Holmegaard types, cable backed bows (as used by the Inuit and in Siberia) and 'self' flatbows such as the osage bow all fit into this category.
Hilary has made a detailed study of the Meare Heath bow which was found just a few miles from her home in Somerset.
She has made bows for the Ashmolean Museum and BBC and is pictured right shooting an elm 'Mollegabet' style.
Here is a short video of the making of an approximation of a Native American 'woodland' bow in the Ashmolean.
'Self' flatbows in primitive style can be made from a variety of woods and the necessary guidance is given as part of the bowmaking workshops.
The Traditional Archer's Handbook has dimensions and guidance on making your own 'primitive' bow.