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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Is building a wood bow hard?

  • A: Anyone with archery experience and woodworking knowledge can build a wooden archery bow easily. Beginners can rest assured the KMC Archery bow building class is not very labor-intensive, it's just time intensive. This also depends on the bow you want to build. The harder the wood is the more intensive the bow building process is. Hickory bows are a good starting point for a beginner while osage orange for those with experience. People often ask archers if they should start with woodworking or learn how to shoot the bow first. There is no right answer, but in our class, we teach you everything from A-Z for the best experience. 

  • Q: How long does a wood bow last?

  • A: It's hard to say exactly how long a wooden archery bow will last. It depends on the archer, their technique, and what they shoot (wooden archery bows aren't intended for heavy use). Most archers can expect their wooden archery bow to last between 20-30 years if heavily used.

  • Q: What bow should I build as a beginner.

  • A: A bamboo recurve, flatbow, English longbow, or a Viking bows are good beginner bows.

  • Q: What bow is good for an experienced archer?

  • A: A Osage recurve bow, black locust hunting bow, bamboo and Osage recurve bow are good challenging bows to build and have great performance.

  • Q: Is a bow considered a weapon in Germany?

  • A: A bow and arrows archery set is classified as sporting equipment in Germany. The archery law in Germany states that bows and arrows may only be bought by archers over 10 years of age.

  • Q: What type of arrows do I need?

  • A: Arrow shafts, or arrow staves, are wooden sticks with feathers on the end. They're typically made from fiberglass or carbon graphite. Archers recommend getting aluminum arrows, as they're less expensive and just as effective as other types of materials. Carbon fiber arrows are more expensive but more effective than other arrow types. Wood arrows are the least expensive and have mild performance and durability isn't the greatest.