I been want'n to get a recurve or long bow for a while. After reading several books and everything I could find on the internet I decided instead of buy'n one I'd build my own. I went to Lowes and Homedepot both and looked through 75 or 80 red oak boards at each before finding 2 that looked like they'd do. After working for about a week ( a couple of hours a day) I got it made, red oak bow with red cedar handle, stained and polyurethaned it up real nice, 68 inches long, 50# at 28 inches, broke it in like the books say and I got'a say it shot very well, no hand shock and I actually hit a pie plate size target at 15 yards just about every time. I was really pleased , especially since this was my first try at instinctive shooting. Shot it 3 days in a row and it was just get'n better and better. Strung it up this afternoon and the first time I pulled it back I heard the dreaded "CRACK" and the top limb split. I cussed a while and went back to the house and looked at it and decided there's just one thing to do. I start working on the second one tomorrow.