Wooden bow - history, manufacture and usage

Tuomo Reiniaho

Hi! I am writing the first comprehensive book about primitive wooden bows in the Finnish language. The name of the book will be in Finnish "Puujousi", which means wooden bow or selfbow. Subtitles will be history, manufacture and usage. The book discloses almost every aspect of primitive and modern wooden bows. For example, history from ancient times to the present, making selfbows, sinew-backed bow, bamboo laminates, composites, shooting techniques, competitions, arrows, arrow making, tuning, accessories, et cetera.

This is huge project, which started already in 2011. I have been writing the book almost every day. And I have made a lot of bows, arrows, tests and so on. I have Finland's largest archery book collection, my slow motion films of primitive bows and arrows are unique - I live for archery!

The book will be published in 2020. The book will be hardback, full colour and it has about 600–700 pages. It is impossible to make this kind of huge project alone, because even I do not know everything... So, it has been great that many experienced and famous bowyers and archers all around the world have already helped me.

If you have ideas, suggestions or feedback, please contact. I preciate every kind of help! You can contact me by e-mail.

Tuomo Reiniaho
puujousi (a) puujousi.fi