Ben Perkins ~ Owner /Manager, Bowyer, Fletcher and Leatherworker
I started Barebow Archery for a number of reasons. Some 25 years ago as a young boy I found I had a love for
archery and bows. Much like most young boys, I made bows out of branches and bits of string. If you look back
to your childhood you may recall a time you did the same.
Then in my teens I started playing around with self bows and Longbows that actually worked, solid Ash, Elm
and English Yew bows that would send an arrow with enough force to penetrate a target boss. Now later in life
I am making Warbows that not only penetrate a boss, but also plate steel. I worked as a photographer for some
years with my archery passion of making, selling and shooting my bows running parallel to my job.
Then one day I couldn’t help it any more... I had an overwhelming urge to make the selling of quality
longbows my profession. I packed up photography and set myself up to make and sell Longbows, Warbows
and Sundries to all who required them. Fuelled by my immense passion for the history of the longbow and
Warbow. I contacted the Mary Rose Trust and organized an excursion to go and examine the Tudor Warbows
that were recovered from the ship. Careful and Accurate measurements of the original Warbows were taken,
Barebow Archery now crafts all its laminate and self bows to the profiles of the MR bows much more faithfully.
I decided Barebow Archery would craft their bows from timber that is supplied by timber yards in favour of
CITIES, as preserving the environment is very important to us.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species of Wild Fauna and Flora