The bow and arrow are weapons as well as a game of skill. Once entirely assigned to hunting and for war, archery demanded an intensive training, which could also been seen as a leisure activity.
This playful dimension grew bigger when, in these domains, archery was set aside in favor of firearms. Henceforth it was more a “noble game”, with very codified rules that required a similar set of skills.
From 18th century archery societies to current federal clubs, from the straight wooden bow to the Carbone compound bow, the discipline and technologies have considerably evolved, because of fashion and technical innovations but also because of national and international historical events.
Englishwoman shooting an arrow
English arrow box
SF Archery bow and accessories