Nate Steen, Sunset Hill Longbow, custom bowyer, Twin Falls, Idaho, USA – on Howard Hill longbow limb construction, custom bow layout, and custom bowery:
„There is a balance to be achieved in a Hill bow for optimal performance….a short riser allows for longer working limbs…allowing for a shorter bow overall, which gives more limb bend at full draw, which gives more speed, which makes a string follow bow remain fast. It also lightens the total bow physical weight, making it less shocky….
Basically, and there are lots of variables which I won’t go in to, but based on the old time Hillstyle bowyers, like Schulz…..limb bend at full draw reveals alot about the bow performance.
I.E…..optimal bow for a 27″ real draw, medium sized hands….. 66″ long, 12″ riser, narrow limbs, 3 wood lams, all one limb wood material, no tip overlays, colored glass, string follow.
Why? For a 27″ real draw….. 66″ minus 12″ static handle results in 54″ of limb length bending in a nice, tight curve. A 68″ bow with 16″ handle results in 52″ of limb length bending in a shallower curve, which means less limb recoil speed trying to move more mass weight which equals less efficiency. A 68″ bow with a 12″ riser means more limb length for power, but still a shallow full draw curve so the limbs are trying to move more mass with less speed of recoil.
Like I said, lots of variables and ways to tweak the bow to fit the shooter….to me, that’s what Custom means. Not fancy veneers. Although I will be the first to admit…a Redman or the new One Shot by Craig are fetchin bows to my eye.“