Downloads – updated 10/17/11

Upgrade from the 1st to the 2nd edition

Since the release of the 1st edition, it became apparent that a few editorial errors found their way into print. Most of these were simple typos and a transposed number to two. After a while I felt that a 2nd edition was in order.

Released in March 2010, it contains the corrections for the editorial errors and an additional 40 pages of enhancements in both text and upgraded illustrations.

For the people who already have the 1st edition, a free update to the 2nd edition is provided in PDF format.

The update also provides prospective buyers a way to "look inside" the book, to get a feel for the level of material and writing style.

Tips for buying your first traditional bow

Here's a rundown of what to look for when buying your first "stickbow".

Tips for buying your first Olympic bow

While the principles for choosing an Olympic bow are similar to any other bow, the myriad off accessories can be somewhat daunting. The above provides a practical approach based on my years of experience training new Olympic archers.

Ten steps for setting up an Olympic or any ILF bow

Now that you have an ILF bow, here's a simple procedure for getting it set up.

New! How to find an archery coach or instructor

Eight points to think about when looking for a coach or instructor.

Aluminum arrow spine table

You can come pretty close to finding the correct aluminum arrow for your bow by using the Arrow Guide button on the left of this page. When you need to further refine your selection, the above table will give you actual spine deflections and weights for Easton's aluminum arrows.

New! Updated Endless Loop String Jig

In the book, I described a classic wooden endless loop string jig. It's the kind I've been using for 30+ years. Recently I've been playing around with a slightly different design. This one is more heavy duty, has greater rigidity and is easier to make! I was able to put this one together in about an hour and the cost of the components was less than $30.

As an added bonus, I've included directions for making an endless loop string.

Acrobat Reader

The above files are in PDF format. A free PDF reader can be downloaded from Adobe.