Another great article by Jordan. One thing I would like to add is a comment on wooden risers.
There are a few bow makers which will make custom risers to your specifications, making it as light or heavy, as you like, in a variety of woods. Sharon has one from Black Brooke Bows in Loughborough. Though not cheap they do prove effective and competitive when matched against other bows. Sharon had hers constructed to allow her to shoot barebow (metal or carbon arrows) or wooden arrows.
Wooden risers are very popular in the field archery community who shoot wooden arrows. I think it might have to do with being more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Maybe I will get one when I can afford it. Thanks
In this series I am going to discuss the evolution of the riser or the structural strength of the bow which houses the handle, to which the limbs are attached and other various accessories. Originally the riser and the limbs were actually one piece, as you would see in a bare bow or instinctive bow, however in most modern bows the riser is completely independent component.
Historically, the original construction material was wood and sometimes combinations of different types of wood. Other historical materials included horn and sinew (A piece of tough fibrous tissue uniting muscle to bone or bone to bone; a tendon or ligament) to create composite bows. Beautiful laminated wooden bows and risers are still manufactured for lightweight, beauty, tradition, and style.
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