Mead Longbows

The world must not lose sight of how to use raw materials to make things.  Let's keep these traditions ALIVE!

Primitive technology with modern performance.

Customer Testimonials

Below's a picture of Dan Wolff's bow.  He recently bought a DIY Horsebow Kit from me.  

Dan Wolff - Olympia, WA
"I shot the new bow this morning and it was beyond expectations.  So light, fast, responsive, and just plain fun. I didn't know much about primitive archery before, but I am already a convert.  Thanks again for a great product and your craftsman skills. I will be back."

Shot my new Mead Longbows primitive bow against my modern recurve (Archery Craft, Toronto) this morning and Here's my review:

The Mead bow shot cleanly, almost soundlessly, fast and I had energy for more. Slightly lower power didn't matter as I was able to loft arrows almost twice as quickly as with the classic recurve but with the same accuracy. Plus, if you hit the target (yes, I know there are no bullseyes in this pic) you feel like you actually accomplished something.

As I shot I found myself picking up the primitive bow more and more. No handshock, almost no sound. Or as Mark put it, "wow, that sounds like one of those bows in the movies." By comparison, the Archery Craft bow sounds like someone plucking a double bass string in your ear. And it hurts. I like walking away from a shooting session without a strained wrist.

Thanks, Mead Longbows, This is my new favorite bow now and I am a convert to primitive archery, it's instinctive and it feels good, and that's what it's all about. I'm saving up to buy another bow from you.

J. Rennick

"The bow I bought from you is awesome!"

James Gibson

"Love the bow.  It's the easiest one to shoot ever and has that amazing speed."

(James attended one of my private bow building workshops.)

Robert Hamilton

"I just finished my bow and took the first few shots.  Feeling good and stable and fast!  Thanks Dave you da man!"

Benjamin Larkin

"I just wanted to give a huge thanks to Dave Mead for the incredible target bow I bought.  It's quick as a whip and so much more fun than my 50# hickory longbow.  The quick shipment before me moved to my new duty station was greatly appreciated."

John Halverson

"I had an unexpected gift of a free afternoon, so I unpacked and attacked the kit Dav-o sent out. To say the finish work on the parts kit was lacking would be an understatement. But don't get me wrong, it is JUST cosmetics! (You want pretty, then pay a pretty price, this kit is a smoking steal!) I screwed around cleaning up tool marks and refining details until I finally HAD to start following the YouTube instructions. I photo/video documented the process and further used up time, and still was shooting the first arrows in just over 3 1/2 hours.

I chose to make it a solid bow and not a take-down and dithered around changing some of the mating surfaces between limb and riser. I did NOT modify the limbs, riser, angles, or any feature. I am a bowyer with 15 years experience and several hundred self-bows worth of experience. What I did were refinements and unless you have serious experience, just assemble what you get. David's kits, if they are like mine, will be fine AS IS. My 26 inch draw was just fine and she vomited arrows with some serious heat! Makes me wanna go find my chronograph and see just what speeds I am getting. No doubt this would push a single blade broadhead through the boiler room of any and all North American game. I would not hesitate to carry this for anything from squirrels to elk."

Scott Powers

"I recently built one of the DIY kits from Mead Longbows. This style of bow has interested me for a long time, but back when I was shooting often they were always expensive and I was more interested in learning to make bows. So when I saw Dave's DIY kit I knew I needed to make one. He does a great job with his video instructions, and it is a really unique bow. I love that he utilizes bamboo so well for the limbs, and having it be a folding takedown is nifty when packing for trips. The version I have is one of the original ones, which he has replaced with a newer geometry that is more efficient, as well as a longbow like version."

Steve Smith

"The bow kit was awesome and I plan on getting to a point where I'm able to make a bow from a stave. It shoots great!
I'm thrilled with the bow. Thank you so much for the quality product and personal service."

Kevin Temme

"Dave, this bow is awesome! It's so accurate, sturdy, light weight, and looks amazing."

Chris Zakrzewski

"Thanks to Dave for all his help and support. I'm very happy with the end results.really enjoyed this project!"

Dave N.

"This thing is awesome! Also I have shown this bow and your handmade arrows to many people the response is awesome good stuff my friend!"

Cindy S.

"I live near Berea, Ky and every year I look forward to attending some of the Berea Learnshops. I am an elementary school visual arts teacher, and the Berea classes remind me of the thrill I want to give my students by creating something new, a great rejuvenating jolt right before I start a new school year.  This year I spied a class on Turkish Horsebow making, and another on making primitive arrows- how cool! I could tie this into our phys. Ed. Unit on archery, and with our fifth grade social studies about Native America-you know, collaborating with other classes and strengthening learning, teacher brownie points! And.... let's face it, this looked like fun!  I knew I was in good hands with Dave Mead from the moment I arrived. After 24 years of teaching you can't help but notice how classes are presented and organized to you, and he did a great job. Our first task after an introduction on bows and bow making was to get to work sanding the carefully shaped pieces in the end of the bows. He had correctly assessed the time limitations to give us the most steps in making that could fit in the class time allowed. He had prepared with well thought out 'kits' to assemble each bow, while still keeping the steps challenging and engaging. We started in on several hours of hard, careful work. He demonstrated and explained well, he helped patiently, he did not rush or allow any feelings of frustration or worry about going too slow to creep in, he kept us all engaged in a light patter that effortlessly returned to the the task at hand as needed. My teacher brain observed that, with all our differences in skill and ability to pay attention, it would have been easy for the 3 hour session to devolve into 'herding cats', but he kept us all on task pleasantly and easily, and we all successfully made really nice, very functional bows AND had time for some archery instruction, at which he is also a master. The next day I returned confident that I would have an equally pleasant, informative and successful session to make arrows, and I was not disappointed.Dave Mead teaches with careful, well thought out intention, maintains a very positive learning culture, and as you talk with him, you realize he has a great depth of knowledge in his subject, he has made different kinds of bows for years, he looked to history and local, inexpensive materials to synthesize a very functional, affordable replica of the legendary Turkish horse bows that can actually break down into smaller parts for transport! He actively competes and is a master archer, and teaches that skill as well. I would with great confidence recommend anyone, child or adult, who is interested in archery to learn both making and using bows from him. I intend to continue learning from him and to move into actual horseback archery over time."

"I was delighted when I opened the package and held my very first horse bow. It is just as bowyer Dave Mead advertises it to be and more. It is unbelievably light , maneuverable and stable. The cast is amazing at 43 # and 26 inches draw. The 500 grain bamboo arrow that came with the bow... with broadhead... flies like a dart at all distances and delivers plenty of punch. That arrow consistently flies 200 plus yards. I'm using a non-mechanical release of the type "backyard bowyer " shows on You Tube and it works like a charm, providing more draw power and an extremely solid anchor, unlike my old - man's hands. Finishing my bow has been great fun . I'll finish my remaining hunting years with this great little bow.
My bow will be in the Arkansas woods with me for all of February. I'll send photos of everything the bow kills ASAP. Dave is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and promptly responds to questions. My next goal is to get my hands on one of Dave's sinew - backed horse bows . Dave sinews his bows for performance and not just extension strength.
Thanks, Dave , for making your horse bows affordable. Never thought I could afford one before Mead Longbows came along. Do yourself a favor... buy Dave's bow. You won't regret it."

Michael Condict
"Picked up the bow today, it looks beautiful! I am greatly impressed with your workmanship, and also all that goes into all of the information and care in the longevity of these bows long after they leave your control.  A light and deadly little bow, smooth draw with no stack, snappy release and drives those arrows deep into a round bale of hay.  Thank you for your excellent work!"

Jacob Matern - Athol, MA

"I want to start out by saying that I received my bow on Monday It is absolutely fantastic! I added a thin stacked leather arrow shelf (inspired by Nick Tomihama) and wrapped the handle with suede leather lace (I may change this later). This bow is the best performing and most pleasant to shoot that I have ever had! From the first shot I was amazed at the perfectly straight, bullet-like trajectory. I haven't even tuned my arrows to it yet! I watched all of your videos (and others' reviews of your bows) while I impatiently waited for it's arrival and thought I knew what to expect...but I was still amazed at the performance of it and just the pure joy I felt shot after shot! You do fantastic work my friend! If I had any less self control I would just keep ordering bows from you and would cover my living room wall with them! Haha. They are as beautiful and unique as they are deadly! "

My customer Taylor Eliot and their production company,

Mr. and Mrs. Eliot Productions, review of my horsebow