The Craft Guild was formed in 1987 by Mr Hugh Soar, Secretary at that time of the British Long-bow Society, who brought together a group of craftsmen capable of making longbows and arrows of high quality and superior performance to the criteria of the British Long-Bow.
Over the years the old skills had declined and almost vanished, as modern equipment replaced the traditional bows and there was little call either for longbows or those who made them.
However, in the mid 1980’s, with BLBS membership rising rapidly and an increase in folk who were once more starting both to use and to make longbows, Mr Soar perceived a need for those archers who shot in the traditional longbow to be able to source good products with confidence. Thus it was that he called together a number of craftsmen who formed the nucleus of what is now a thriving Guild.
Below is a video with a bit more information about the guild and our part in it.