Northern Mist Longbows is built upon a deep rooted tradition as well as a bowyer with 30 years and over 3,000 bows under his belt. Owner, Steve Turay, knows his way around a bow, his shop recently moved south from Michigan to Montgomery, Alabama. Steve is an avid hunter as well as target shooter. He has traveled the world shooting and hunting with his hand-made custom long bows. Northern Mist Longbows takes great pride in tradition and craftsmanship. That is what makes these bows some of the best bows you can shoot.
A Northern Mist longbow provides the best of all archery worlds. Steve has spent many years perfecting his bows and offers many different options to build a durable, stable, rugged, and forgiving bow. Steve is passionate about the art, sport, and tradition that comes with these bows.
The longbow has been in a state of continuous development for over 10,000 years, right up to this very moment. For more than 30 years, we’ve continued in this tradition of innovation, perfecting our designs and production methods while producing well over 3,000 custom bows. Our production rate is limited to keep our quality high. We build state-of-the-art bows for both hunting and recreation.
We produce top quality affordable bows that are genuinely beautiful, smooth, fast, and dependable. Each is built by hand to your specifications. The expert craftsmanship and choice materials result in a one-of-a-kind custom bow that is forgiving and offers superior performance with little hand shock.
- One-piece and take-down longbows
- Wood/fiberglass composite construction
- Straight/reflex, reflex/deflex, and string-follow bows, with models ranging in length from 60″ to 69,” in a variety of handle designs
For more than 10,000 years, people have been using traditional bows to protect their homes and feed their families, taking game ranging in size from small birds through elephants. Silent, accurate, powerful, and capable of being shot from any position, at targets both stationary and in-motion, traditional bows and arrows have proven lethal to every game animal on the planet: no wheels, no cams, no cables.
- During the 20th. century, the remains of a one-piece wooden longbow were recovered from a bog near the town of Holmegaard, Denmark. When archery historians and bowyers got their turn with the Holmegaard Bow, they were astonished by the extraordinary sophistication of the design. The bow was carbon dated at 9,000 years of age.
- Between the years 1200 and 1500, the most challenging problem faced by the armies of Europe was to build armor that the English Archers couldn’t shoot through. The one-piece Yew longbows shot a very heavy yard-long Ash or Poplar arrow, tipped with a forged iron point: the original armor-piercing projectile. The estimated effective range was between 180 and 250 yards and the rate of fire was 10 to 12 arrows per minute. Thus, the rate of fire for 300 English Archers could be 3,600 arrows per minute; that’s 36,000 arrows after 10 minutes. They gave us the word: Artillery.
- Two soldiers, pursued by Welsh archers, rushed into a fortress and slammed the door. The Welshmen loosed arrows at the closing door . . . “which being shot with prodigious violence, some penetrated through the oak doors of a portal, although they were the breadth of four fingers in thickness. The heads of these arrows were afterwards driven out and preserved, in order to continue the rememberance (sic) of such extraordinary force in shooting with the bow . . .” (Burke: The History of Archery)
- Official U.S. Army records contain an account of the mounted pursuit of a warrior from one of the western tribes. Riding at full gallop, the man turned in his seat and shot arrows at the racing cavalrymen, several of whom sustained wounds to the face and thighs, those being the only exposed body parts.
- Archery legend, Howard Hill, shot 10 thrown dimes out of the air without a miss. While working as a stunt-archer for the Warner Brothers film, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Mr. Hill shot an arrow into the center of a target and then split it with a second arrow—on purpose, thus giving rise to the expression: to “Robin Hood” an arrow.