This book is meant to be understandable and fun to use. The topics range from the beginnings to the end – cutting and curing wood through building a selfbow of almost any type and finishing it. Both beginners and advanced bowyers should find the book useable and worthwhile. There are extensive descriptions and directions throughout, supported by over 200 color illustrations. Besides the how-to directions, there are sections on heat-bending, splicing billets, shaping handles, and treating problems like knots and cracks; suggestions on how to make a bow with only a few measurements, reduce handstock, eliminate stack, stabilize arrow flight, shoot where you look, and increase arrow speed.