Archery has been practiced for centuries. Many cultures developed archery as a means of hunting for food as well as a weapon to fend off others. You can build your own long bows and arrows using these free plans.
Also see our section on Crossbows & Arrows
These plans are for a building your own recurve bow. The knowledge gained through the experience of making your own bow makes this more than just a prideful accomplishment.
These classic archery plans are for a standard bow intended for hunting. There's info on making various blunt and broadhead arrows as well, and a discussion on the merits of flat vs. semi-flat bows.
The dimensions for this American flat bow are 5' 8″ long with a weight of 45 to 50 lb. at a draw of from 27″ to 28″. This combination is suitable for the average man.