As an occasional amateur maker of bows (bowyer), I have experience with making them following traditional instructions from European and Native American cultures. There is an interesting difference or two. The European bow tends to be longer, thicker, capable of shooting further, more durable and *much* harder to make correctly. The Europeans made bows that might be passed down a generation or more and could fire an arrow a couple of hundred yards. Before you pass judgement, about the only thing a bow is good for past 80 yards or so is warfare; indiscriminately firing into groups hoping to kill or main is only something we do to our fellow man. The Native bow sometimes lasted a long time, but generally did not. However, it is hard to overstate the simplicity of building one; it was a trade-off that was not unreasonable at all. The were/are flat and can be split out and shaped quite quickly.