Society for the Promotion of Traditional Archery
Many archers start out shooting a modern laminated and recurved bow, as there are a range of economic bows on the market -ideal for those who haven't yet settled on a shooting style, or for children who will soon grow out of the bow.
Most types of traditional shooting can be enjoyed with a recurved bow. Some cultures however do not consider these truly traditional, because they specifically bar glass fibre or carbon laminations from this classification.
There are short 'hunting style' one-piece recurves which are fast and stable, or longer 'take-downs' with interchangeable limbs which allow the archer to experiment with darw weights: glass fibre junior bows are fine at SPTA shoots as many juniors use these and we want to encourage youngsters to get into the traditional habit!
SPTA events require a wooden riser on the bow, and no sighting aids or stabilisers are allowed. Wooden arrows with real feather fletch only, to shoot in the hunting recurve class.