Stringing the Bow: First we’d like to recommend use of a bow stringer, as it will prolong the life of your bow. If you feel confident you won’t bend or twist you bow limbs you can string it yourself by first: Making sure the bottom limb string loop is fully nocked. Place the bottom limb against the inside of your right foot *Not on the ground*. Gently pull up on the riser & push down on the upper limb & at the same time slide the top string lop onto the top limb nock. (This is all done with the belly of the bow, thats the side that faces you when you shoot, down.) Switch limbs when you string your bow (to lower, upper, lower, etc., so the limbs don't wear unevenly). *We also have a video on our website to help you learn how to string your bow.
Warming the Bow: Before shooting an all wood bow you should "Warm it." After the bow is strung check the string for any fraying (small fibers coming out of the string) if you see this use bees wax (included with your bow) to wax the string, then pinch the string and vigorously rub up and down until the friction works the wax into the string (it will get hotter, this is a good sign). After waxing the string warm the stave by slowly drawing the bow 3/4 of the full draw 10-20 times. NOW GO SHOOT SOMETHING!
Bow stave care: After shooting your bow for any period of time DO NOT prop your bow up in a corner. Put it on a rack or flat surface so the limbs can "relax" evenly, this will lessen "string follow" (the permanent bend of the limbs) & prolong the life of your bow. Please remember: NEVER LEAVE YOUR BOW STRUNG after shooting. If you do the bow will quickly lose poundage. And KEEP YOUR BOW DRY! Resealing the Longbow: Depending on your usage, I recommend resealing your bow every 6 months, or if you plan on shooting in areas with heavy moisture or in the rain, to keep moisture out (which can severely weaken your bow). Your bow has been treated with Tung Oil but any polyurethane, or hand wipe furniture wax, will work fine.
A note about Arrows: If you are not using wood arrows with your bow you may experience problems with accuracy as modern arrows cannot follow "archers paradox" as they don't have grain like wood does. If you need wood arrows to match your bow, we do that too.
Warning: DO NOT LET ANYONE DRAW YOUR BOW! (Your bow will learn Your draw. Others may draw it to fast or over draw it, which will cause it to brake. They may also cause themselves injury.)
Please keep an eye out for some new instructional video's. Thank you. And remember! CALL US with any questions.