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Society for the Promotion of Traditional Archery

A growing number of 'composite' bow designs are being recreated in glass fibre and carbon, based on the horn and sinew composite bows of the east.

The designs of this type of bow are almost infinite, from the short efficient Korean bow with it's working recurve to the longer more stable Chinese styles with the stiffened 'ears; attempts to trace how these designs origanated and developed are ongoing with new finds and information being made available for study as interest in archery expands.

In many cases modern reproductions using new materials cannot match the originals -attemps to make artificial sinew for instance cannot equal the original material's unique characteristics. However caring for a horn and sinew bow can defeat the casual archer, so modern versions do have the advantage of being less temperamental.

The narrower handle of most composite designs give them an advantage regarding arrow fligt and the 'paradox'.
It is up to the SPTA shoot organiser to decide what classes are created for an event.

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