When I was 15 in 1952 , my mother bought me one of the best Christmas presents ever! It was a 66" Hill-style longbow made by Frank Eicholtz. I loved this bow. But, as the years rolled by, I developed a hatred with the Hill-style bows; mainly because the hand-shock they seemed to possess. In the early 1980s I set about to make myself a Hill-style bow without much jarring on release. What I found out was a few simple things. Let me share them: (1) The last 5-8 inches of each limb should have very little bending.
(2) The core woods should be on the light side (yew, maple, bamboo etc.). (3) The limbs should not reflex off the handle-riser (a slight deflex is best). Longbows built this way are a real pleasure to shoot. I thought that I'd share my findings with you. What's your thoughts?