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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Longbows and Pyramid Bows from Toronto Traditional Archery

I ran into Mike at the archery range recently where he was testing out two new pyramid bows he had made.

He also makes longbows, bowstrings and other things too - all traditionally made.

He doesn't have an official company name yet so for now he is using "Toronto Traditional Archery". (I will update this later I am guessing when he picks a more permanent name for his company.)

Here is what he has to say:

"I basically make traditional wooden bows using mostly hand tools and traditional materials (Rawhide, linen, hide glue etc).   I charge from $150 (basic bendy handle flatbow) to $250 (Stiff handle, pyramid, tropical wood riser and nocks).
I just need to know – max draw length and draw weight. Right hand or left hand draw and the preferred bow design – Bendy handle longbow (hybrid longbow), Center shot longbow, non-center shot pyramid etc. 
It takes about a month from start to finish (most of that is waiting for glues to dry and finishes to cure). Bendy handle bows take the least amount of time, since there is generally very little gluing involved (just the nocks unless you prefer self-nocks) with a stiff handle bow taking the most amount of time."
If you live in Toronto or the GTA and are looking to buy a traditional longbow, flatbow or pyramid bow you can contact him at
Above and below are samples of Mike's work.

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