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Shooting the Stickbow: A Practical Approach to Classical Archery, 2nd Edition
 
4.8

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to understand (30)
  • Informative (30)
  • Relevant (28)
  • Well written (28)
  • Deserves multiple readings (25)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Reference (22)
    • Gift (11)
    • Older readers (8)
    • Younger readers (5)
    • Travel reading (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Everyday reader (19), Bookworm (5), Casual reader (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good book for people starting in archery

    I am a beginning archer and wish I read Chapter 1 before buying my first bow. The draw weight of my first bow was a little heavy for me (over bowed). Where I...Read complete review

    I am a beginning archer and wish I read Chapter 1 before buying my first bow. The draw weight of my first bow was a little heavy for me (over bowed). Where I wish I went with a lighter draw weight for my first bow, the form exercises in the book quickly helped me develop my archery muscles before I took my first shot. I was actually on the paper with my first shot but go back to the book frequently to help refine my form.

    I like that the author starts with basic form and "instinctive shooting". My first bow is an Iron Mountain 62" longbow 58# @ 28" and my goal is to become a proficient instinctive shooter. My one disappointment is the book is more geared towards the Olympic style target shooter. Shooting off of the shelf, as most traditional longbow shooters do, is seen as a disadvantage and there is not much information about hunting as a traditional archer.

    I feel the emphasis on consistency and good from are key to hitting the mark every time and should be practiced before going out to hunt. After that I would recommend getting out into the woods and doing some stump shooting to explore what works best for you in situations that would be more akin to hunting as opposed to target shooting at the range where it is much easier to get into correct form every time.

    Overall this book is a good read with a ton of information on form, equipment and tuning. It is a book that I will go back to time and time again as a reference.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Just OK

    I was hoping for a little more conceptual ideas instead of simply "this is the way it's done". One of the things that I love about traditional archery is that everyone can...Read complete review

    I was hoping for a little more conceptual ideas instead of simply "this is the way it's done". One of the things that I love about traditional archery is that everyone can develope their own style and feel for it. This book seems to have a pretty rigid structure that they want you to follow exactly. That being said, there is a TON of info at a very reasonable price, and this is a valuable addition to any book collection.

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    5.0

    Required reading for new trad archers!

    By Captainkirk

    from Illinois

    About Me Bookworm

    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Understand
    • Informative
    • Inspirational
    • Relevant
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Reference

      Comments about Shooting the Stickbow: A Practical Approach to Classical Archery, 2nd Edition:

      The most informative book on basic traditional archery I have ever read. Not only is it a clear, concise guide to everything you need to know before considering buying a traditional bow, it also remains the ultimate reference guide which I use constantly. The author doesn't try to push any type of shooting style or equipment on the reader; he merely presents it in a clear and rational manner that allows the reader to choose what works for him or her. He also presents the full spectrum of Olympic-style shooting and equipment, which while not my style, explains a lot of unanswered questions as to "how and why".
      Highly recommended!

       
      5.0

      A true bible of traditional archery

      By Squirrelclaw

      from Southeast Michigan

      About Me Bookworm

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Understand
      • Informative
      • Inspirational
      • Relevant
      • Well Written

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Beginners
        • Experienced Archers
        • Reference

        Comments about Shooting the Stickbow: A Practical Approach to Classical Archery, 2nd Edition:

        I bought this book after reading hundreds of positive reviews, here at 3Rivers and elsewhere. Just about everyone says this is the best book i print about archery- and I would have to agree.

        As many have noted, Camera focuses on target shooting using a modern Olympic style ILF bow, but the bulk of the book is concerned with understanding how the bow and arrow work, and how to develop proper shooting form, both of which are applicable to all archers, whether they're shooting synthetic shafts though an Olympic bow or shooting river cane fletched with goose feathers though a Neolithic self bow. Good form is good form.

        Camera also includes a lot of really useful how-to on topics like making arrows and bowstrings- both continuous loop and Flemish twist. He shows you how to make an adjustable continuous loop jig as well as a jig for making flemish twist strings, and there are a great many photos detailing the construction of each. There are tables to help you select arrow shafts, bowstring material and much more.

        If there's one flaw to this book it's that the design and layout is a bit amateurish. Type is on the smallish side, and the many photographs are all black and white and generally of low contrast. Balancing that is that Anthony Camera has put a tremendous amount of information in this one volume. It's a book you'll read and return to again and again.

         
        5.0

        Great so far

        By Quietmike

        from Shelbyville Tn

        About Me Everyday Reader

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Understand
        • Informative
        • Inspirational
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Shooting the Stickbow: A Practical Approach to Classical Archery, 2nd Edition:

            Getting started in "primitive" archery and just got a Samick Sage. Got the book to get started with the basics. About halfway through the book so far and the author is obviously very knowledgeable and is very good at relating this information to the reader.
            So far great resource!

             
            5.0

            Great book

            By Louie

            from Florida

            About Me Everyday Reader

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Understand
            • Informative
            • Relevant
            • Well Written

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Archery Knowledge

              Comments about Shooting the Stickbow: A Practical Approach to Classical Archery, 2nd Edition:

              Very informative

               
              5.0

              Wonderful reference book for old and new

              By Maverick

              from West Suffield, CT

              About Me Everyday Reader

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Easy To Understand
              • Informative
              • Inspirational
              • Must Have Reference
              • Relevant
              • Well Written

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

              • Gift
              • Older Readers
              • Reference
              • Younger Readers

              Comments about Shooting the Stickbow: A Practical Approach to Classical Archery, 2nd Edition:

              This is a valuable reference book for traditional archers old and new. Wish I'd had this book 35 years ago.

              (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Shooting the stickboe 2d edition

              By cyrille

              from southern Louisiana

              About Me Everyday Reader

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Understand
              • Informative
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Older Readers
                • Reference
                • Special Needs

                Comments about Shooting the Stickbow: A Practical Approach to Classical Archery, 2nd Edition:

                I gave this a 3 star rating because I haven't finished the book yet. However what I have read id clear and helpful. IMO This is a very good reference book but the chapters themselves are very readable.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good book for people starting in archery

                By Yankee Longbow

                from W. Greenwich, RI

                About Me Casual Reader

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Easy To Understand
                • Informative
                • Relevant
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Beginner Form Development
                  • Reference

                  Comments about Shooting the Stickbow: A Practical Approach to Classical Archery, 2nd Edition:

                  I am a beginning archer and wish I read Chapter 1 before buying my first bow. The draw weight of my first bow was a little heavy for me (over bowed). Where I wish I went with a lighter draw weight for my first bow, the form exercises in the book quickly helped me develop my archery muscles before I took my first shot. I was actually on the paper with my first shot but go back to the book frequently to help refine my form.

                  I like that the author starts with basic form and "instinctive shooting". My first bow is an Iron Mountain 62" longbow 58# @ 28" and my goal is to become a proficient instinctive shooter. My one disappointment is the book is more geared towards the Olympic style target shooter. Shooting off of the shelf, as most traditional longbow shooters do, is seen as a disadvantage and there is not much information about hunting as a traditional archer.

                  I feel the emphasis on consistency and good from are key to hitting the mark every time and should be practiced before going out to hunt. After that I would recommend getting out into the woods and doing some stump shooting to explore what works best for you in situations that would be more akin to hunting as opposed to target shooting at the range where it is much easier to get into correct form every time.

                  Overall this book is a good read with a ton of information on form, equipment and tuning. It is a book that I will go back to time and time again as a reference.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Quick delivery, good service and great book. I have made other purchases with 3 Rivers Archery and will continue to do business with them.

                  Thanks

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent Read!!!

                  By Big J

                  from Omaha, NE

                  About Me Everyday Reader

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Easy To Understand
                  • Informative
                  • Relevant
                  • Well Written

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gift
                    • Newcomers To Trad Archery
                    • Reference
                    • Younger Readers

                    Comments about Shooting the Stickbow: A Practical Approach to Classical Archery, 2nd Edition:

                    I recently got back into the archery scene after a long hiatus. It's good to be home! I was taught as a child by my father who was an excellent teacher, however he didn't ever really give me the theory behind shooting. It was just "do it this way because..." That definitely gave me a good foundation, but being the inquisitive type, I wanted to seek out more knowledge, more of the "why" so to speak.

                    This is a great book and is exhaustive in its content. I think new archers and experienced alike would find something they like about the book and something useful. The sections on equipment and technique were spot on and at times, the information was almost too exhaustive! I can see myself rereading sections and possibly even packing the text up for the range. Great book and I would highly recommend it.

                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Just OK

                    By Eric

                    from Newnan, GA

                    About Me Everyday Reader

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Understand
                    • Informative
                    • Relevant

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Reference

                      Comments about Shooting the Stickbow: A Practical Approach to Classical Archery, 2nd Edition:

                      I was hoping for a little more conceptual ideas instead of simply "this is the way it's done". One of the things that I love about traditional archery is that everyone can develope their own style and feel for it. This book seems to have a pretty rigid structure that they want you to follow exactly. That being said, there is a TON of info at a very reasonable price, and this is a valuable addition to any book collection.

                       
                      5.0

                      A must have

                      By Corey Lies

                      from Wichita, KS

                      About Me Everyday Reader

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Deserves Multiple Readings
                      • Easy To Understand
                      • Informative
                      • Inspirational
                      • Relevant
                      • Well Written

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Gift
                        • Older Readers
                        • Reference
                        • Travel Reading

                        Comments about Shooting the Stickbow: A Practical Approach to Classical Archery, 2nd Edition:

                        To start off I should note that I am an amateur stickbow shooter. I have been shooting a compound for several years but just recently picked up a recurve for a little change. My bow shop is great but they just don't have a lot of knowledge when it comes to stickbows. This is the part where this book comes in. I had a ton of questions about anchoring and shooting form. When I first started I was slapping myself with the string but this book taught me that was due to a brace height issue. For that information alone it was worth the pricetag. I will keep it around as a reference guide for tuning and any questions I may have about the recurve in the future.

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