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See Also

How to tie a Bowyers Knot
Terms & Conditions
Advice on maintaining your longbow
Checking bracing height


Bracing your bow: You will need a suitable movie player (Quicktime is recommended), click on thumbnails to enlarge, files are in ZIP format



How to string a longbow:

There are two safe and reliable ways to string a Longbow, which we recommend, and several methods which we do not. Due to its length a Longbow can be awkward to brace and, especially at the heavier weights, experience is needed to perform this task safely for both yourself and the bow.

Using a stringer is always a safe option and all of our bows are fitted with a double groove on the top nock for the use of a stringer. The stringer itself is simply an overlong bowstring which fits into the stringing nock and over the string in the bottom nock. You should stand on the stringing string with both feet and lift the bow by the handle (1) until the bow is bent sufficiently to slip the bowstring into the string nock with the other hand (2). Once you are sure that the string is seated correctly you can slowly release the tension on the grip until the tension is taken up by the bowstring.

The traditional method is known as push-pull, but it can prove to be a little awkward initially.

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and (for right handed archers) place the bottom limb tip, JUST ABOVE THE HORN NOCK, against the instep of your right foot. Hold the bow at the top of the grip with the right hand (3) and pull upwards while pushing the top limb away from you with the ball of the left hand (4) and sliding the string up with the fingers until it drops into its groove.

Check, with the fingers, that the string is properly seated before gently releasing pressure. Ensure that the fingers of your left hand are around the bow limb so that your hand cannot slip off the limb and allow it to spring back towards you. For safety's sake do not try to watch your left hand but do this operation by feel. You will find that you will not be able to see what you are doing and, should you slip, your eye will be neatly aligned with the path that the top nock will take! You are far more likely to slip and lose control if you are also trying to see what you are doing as well. BE WARNED. If in doubt use a stringer.

DO NOT use stringers which have a pocket that fits over the top nock as these exert pressure on the nock beyond the wood which can lead to broken nocks, which will not be replaced under warranty!


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Top nock with stringer
Bottom nock with stringer
Top nock
with stringer
Bottom nock
with stringer
INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS:
Movie stringing longbow using the push/pull method
Movie unstringing longbow using the push/pull method
Movie stringing longbow using a stringer
Movie of unstringing longbow using a stringer

IMPORTANT:

DO NOT use stringers which have a pocket that fits over the top nock as these exert pressure on the nock beyond the wood which can lead to broken nocks, which will not be replaced under warranty!

Bickerstaffe Bows do NOT endorse the use of such stringers. Please see above for correct information on stringing a bow.