Another advantage with the long and recurve bows is that you can make a hobby out of making them yourself.
I have a 6' ash stave that's been drying for 2 years waiting for me to get the time to continue working on it
Reductionist and proud of it.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. Benjamin Franklin
Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails. Clarence Darrow
A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read. Mark Twain