Archers Review Articles

Some times a review just isn't enough, here you will find a list of archery related articles, shoot reports, interviews and pretty much anything in between. Steve, Andy and Geoff have been touring the world looking for the best archery articles.

The Outlaw Chronicles
By Andy
Archers Review recently had the chance to catch up with author Angus Donald, the man behind the Outlaw Chronicles series of books, based on the legends of Robin Hood but with a rather different twist. Here Angus talks about the man Robin Hood was really likely to be, the true hero of his books and an excerpt from the latest in the series, The Iron Castle due out in July this year.  
Barebow Archery Bow making course with Ben Perkins
By Steve
Want to make your own English Longbow ? We sent along Ian to see what he could come up with on a 2 day bowmaking course with Ben Perkins of Barebow Archery
A glimpse of Valhalla - The Ultimate Archery Holiday
By Steve
I love this work.. it is never a chore, especially when you get to visit Archery valhalla.... and to top it all you don't have to be dead...Check out the Ultimate Archery Holiday.....
Longbows Of The Mary Rose
By Steve Nicholson
All the hard work and time we put in to the site and magazine are well worth it, especially when we get behind the scenes access to see and handle 500 year old warbows. Steve and Andy went to take a look at the Mary Rose collection and meet archeologist Alex Hildred.
Heroes Of Archery
By Geoff Towers
Can there be more of a Hero when it comes to archery than Robin Hood, certainly no more of an icon standing astride the world of archery the true giant of archery legend. We look at the legend and the environment and times that he came from.
John at Work Building The Perfect Arrow
By Andy
While we spend a small fortune on bows, it's arrows that can really make the different when it comes to shooting performance. We talk to "Little" John Catley about his arrow building philosophy and tap in to his wealth of knowledge on the subject. 
10 Minutes With Adrian Hayes
By Steve Nicholson
We have heard whispers from "up north", it seems there are some extraordinary English Longbows being produced by one Aidy Hayes. We have tracked down the bowyer responsible and find out a little more about the man.
Heritage Longbow Bow Making Course
By Steve Nicholson
I am sure that there cannot be an archer out there that hasn't at some point wanted to make their own bow, I wouldn't be at all surprised to note that there are also a huge number of folk who only shoot bows they have made themselves.
Fire & Ice
By Geoff Towers
High on the flank of Norway’s largest peak, the Galdhoepiggen, 8000 feet, home to the legends of the old Norse gods, a small party of archaeologists work quietly and quickly, the season is short and there is much to be done.
Falkirk July 22nd 1298
By Geoff Towers
Where is my Navy? Where are my supplies? Where, in God’s name, is Wallace?
Edward was in a tight spot.
It was July 20th 1298 and his army was on the verge of mutiny.
A Roving Mark In Aid Of The James Whale Fund For Kidney Cancer
By Geoff Towers
You know what golfers are like. From the first amateurish slash ( and miss ) to some sort of proficiency, they pursue perfection from that moment on with an almost religious zeal. I say this, because it staggers me to find that at the Grove golf club in South Wales (Porthcawl ) the committee agreed to give up members precious game time on a Sunday afternoon for a bunch of archers.
Art Of The Course Layer
By Steve Nicholson
We haven't been everywhere, that would be a silly thing to say, however we do get about. During those travels in search of ultimate archery madness we have stumbled across some great shoots and some terrible ones. One place however never fails to disappoint and when these guys announce a shoot it will be booked out in days.
Gentleman Archer Mike List South West Challenge
By Andy Gilfrin
Back in April we did a feature on the South West Challenge, a 9 day archery event which takes part annually in the South West of England. I had taken part in this event last year with Steve and Geoff and was caught up in the fantastic spirit of the event.
South Cox 10 Minutes With South Cox
By Andy Gilfrin
We talk to South Cox of Stalk Recurves about his bow making philosphy and how he got started.
Battle of Stirling Bridge Stirling Bridge 12th September 1297
By Geoff Towers
Rise! Is there anything more annoying than ingratitude? You do everything possible to help people, their troubles, their lack of a good, fair and just ruler,  they then throw it back in your face. Well, I’m afraid this face* has turned from soft and smiley to solid granite.
Don Pedro De Castilia De Leon Burgundie
By Geoff Towers

Pedro who? You may well ask! He is, however, not the hero of our story, that particular epithet belongs to Edward Woodstock.He is though, most assuredly, its' villain. As vicious and murderous a  blackguard ever to occupy the throne of Castile and Leon, or any throne, for that matter.

The Canterbury Longbowman
By Steve Nicholson
The Company of Canterbury Longbowmen are based quite obviously around Canterbury and have managed to find themselves a landowner who acts as "patron"  to the extent that they may shoot on Sundays over his land - "oh, how times have changed over the last 600 years"
Border visit The Border Experience
By Steve Nicholson
International Jet Setters that we are we take a day trip to Border Archery in Scotland. We meet the two Sids and have a tour of the factory.
Border Bows 10 Minutes With Border Bows
By Steve Nicholson
It's no secret that Border make some of the finest bows in the world, but the bows don't come out of thin air. So this month we take a quick peek behind the brand and spend 10 minutes with Sid Snr one of the driving forces who has made Brorder Bows one of the most lusted after makes. 
France 2010 European 3d Archery Festival
By Andrew Gilfrin
2010 saw the 4th annual 3D archery festival in France. Andy has been to the previous 3 events so packed his bags and headed off to Tours in central France for this years event. Extreme heat, speaking only a small amount of French and some extreme terrain didn't put him off his game, read how he got on.
Vernuiel 17th August 1424
By Geoff Towers
The Mary Rose
By Andrew Gilfrin
October 11th 1982 was an historic day, not only did it unlock the secrets of England's Naval history it also produced one of the most monumental finds in Archery history. 137 Longbows were recovered in almost perfect condition and they have been vital in giving us information on what real bows from that era were like. 
Uk Atlatl Championship
By Andrew Gilfrin
It's not often that one gets the chance to compete in a national level championships. Rarer still is the opportunity to partake in two in the same week, fresh from the NFAS National 3D archery championships the following week saw the first ever UK Atlatl Championship. We look at Atlatl's and cover the championships.
Hugo And The Bodkin
By Steve Nicholson
Homildon Map The Battle Of Homildon Hill
By Geoff Towers
Surrounded by his companions and fellow knights the great Douglas and his army 10,000 strong bit deep into English bone on that hot September morn, destroying settlements, farmsteads, homes, enslaving the choicest young and slaughtering  all else.  Hotspur waited?.... Hotspur was at Homildon Hill. 
Lee Ankers 80# Warbow 10 Minutes With Lee Ankers
By Steve Nicholson
Gary with one of the marks Medieval Society Roving Marks
By Andy Gilfrin
We had one of the best days archery we have had in a long time when we went to shoot with the lads from the Medieval Society. We spent the day getting to know them all and also had the chance to find out about their charity work with the Mary Rose Trust and Ufton Court. 
Ron Palmer at home Heroes Of Archery
By Steve Nicholson
This months heroes of archery we went down to Ron Palmers shed, you couldn't wish to meet a nicer person than Ron and the fact he makes some of the best bows around only adds to the magic.
South West Challenge in the woods The Great Out Doors The South West Challenge
By Andy Gilfrin
If you only ever take one week off work to do archery make it the same week as the South West Challenge. A total archery festival and lives up to it's name as a true test of any field archer.
10 Minutes With Chris Boyton
By Steve Nicholson
Chris Boyton of Boyton Archery took some time out to talk to us and if you own one of Chris' Ipe Longbows you will know why he is such a revered authority on Longbows and their history, not just bows though, Chris produces superb pine shafting too.. 
Herb_Meland 10 Minutes With Herb Meland
By Steve Nicholson
In this months "10 minutes with" we catch up with one of our favorite bowyers, Herb Meland. we have owned and shot several of Herbs terrific bows and was interested to know a little bit more about the man behind them, Herb has been making bows since 1969.
Skinny Strings
By Steve Nicholson
This article should really be called "taking the crap off the bow". At pretty much every shoot I went to last year I had Andy standing behind me on the range and inevitably at some point he would berate me for having 4 spider silencers and 2 limb saver dampers on my bow, he was convinced all the stuff was sapping the speed from my bow
Stu Miller Heroes Of Archery
By Steve Nicholson
This month sees the introduction of our new "Heros of Archery" series where we talk to some true heros of the archery world. First up is Stu Miller and his excellent arrow spine calculator. Don't buy, cut, crest or point another arrow until you have put the details in to Stu's excellent calculator, we catch up with Stu and take a look at how he created the calculator and what he has planned for up coming versions.