life in the past lane...
Encircled by woodland,
TV Times has been transported back in time as we stand in front of a roaring campfire surrounded by baskets of newly-made arrows and men dressed in medieval smocks.
We’re watching expert bowyer Tom mareschall, who teaches traditional crafts and archery, show Steve how to make a medieval longbow as part of this week’s episode of Countryfile. ‘It’s so much fun seeing how people use the countryside,’ smiles Steve. ‘I’ve been taught how to make longbows and I’ve learned there is a difference between an ash longbow that a novice would make and shoot, and a yew bow, which is far more expensive because it’s denser and takes longer to grow, so that is left to the professional bowers and archers to work with.
‘later, we’re off to a blacksmith’s to forge medieval arrowheads, and then I’ll be doing archery.
It’s amazing. I don’t care who
I’m up against, I’m going to win!’