What customers say about my bows.
"Hello, my name is Torsten Nowak and I come from Schweinfurt-Germany.
I saw The Tanasi Warrior in Joe’s YouTube video about five months
ago and I thought this would be the perfect bow for me. I have
shot the compound, crossbow and longbow for many years. I have
tried many different bows - Huns, Korean, Yumi and I like the
Mongolian Raider bows and longbows. Joe’s Tanasi Warrior has a
smooth draw, stability of a longbow, and the quickness of a recurve.
The bow is perfect for instinctive shooting. The bow is elegant and
powerful, a perfect beauty. I waited 4 months for a bow that I had
dreamed of for 20 years. Thank you Joe, my friend, for this nice bow!"
Torsten from Germany
"Hello. My name is Charles Gilardoni Bellagio on Lake Como, Italy.
Turning on YouTube I saw the Tanasi Warrior. Struck me at first
sight. I was wondering if there was the possibility of having one
immediately by contacting Joe. I want to clarify, among other things,
this person was very helpful and patient with me while he built my
bow. He told me that he would be happy to build a bow for me because
his wife had Italian origins. When the bow arrived I was astonished.
The bow was very nice. Perfect impeccable workmanship. Not a single
blemish. Very powerful, fast and accurate. I had been so long looking
for a bow like this. Thank you very much friend Joe."
Carlo from Italy
"Over the past couple years I have been searching for the perfect
longbow. I have purchased or shot several bows from the top bowyers,
all leaving me wanting something more. Then I saw Joe on youtube
and his warrior longbow was vary intriguing to me. After talking
to him I quickly placed an order. When the bow arrived I instantly
knew I had found the one. This bow is so smooth, quiet, forgiving,
and FAST. Above all, I would also like to add that Joe has quickly
become a new found friend. I have worked with many bowyers and he
is by far the easiest and nicest to work with. He is a good man
and would recommend him to anyone I know. Thanks Joe!"
Justin from America
"I have been a passionate bow hunter/archer since I was 11 years old
shooting compound bows. From the time I started I knew that someday
I wanted to get into traditional archery. Doing some research online
I stumbled across Joe's website and gave him a call. We ended up
talking for over an hour that day as if we'd known each other for
years and I knew that I wanted him to build me a bow. Once I put in
my order with Joe I sold my compound, all the equipment that went
with it, and haven't looked back. My bow is an absolute work of art
and besides being pretty to look at it shoots amazing! With all the
gimmicks available with today's technology in archery it's refreshing
to get back to what's real. Joe is one of the most humble people you'll
ever meet. Him and his family are some of the finest people you could
ask to know and I now consider them to be close friends. You will not
go wrong with one of Joe's custom Tanasi bows!""
Jonathan from America
"My name is Lendl Chiu and I live in Taipei, Taiwan (Formosa). I
have been so fond of archery since a kid and now I am 58 and still
pulling hard. I like American traditional bows very much and have
so many that none pulls the same to give me the same feeling. Chota,
the bow I bought from Joe this year, is 54” and 53#@26”. This bow
not only looks different but also feels absolutely different from
the other bows I have. At just a bit over 50# and 8” brace height,
the bow impresses me so much with the energy at the first touch on
the string. It is a kind of confidence and then, consistent force
that I can feel all the way through the pulling onto the anchor
point. The feeling is unique. At my draw length 26”, 555 grain
Easton Al. arrow 2020 shoots 172 fps. There are so many descriptions
to express a bow, such as second to none, best of the best, look
no further, smooth as silk and ... so on. But I would rather describe
Chota like the relationship with a friend....INTIMATE."
Lendl from Taiwan
“I first met Joe Darnell about four years ago. His cousin
introduced us and wanted to show me the long bows Joe had been
making. As soon as I laid eyes and hands on Joe’s bows, I told
him I wanted to place an order for him to make one for me. He
politely declined the offer, saying he had not quite perfected
his processes yet, and he didn’t want to sell one until he was
totally satisfied with the finished product. To say Joe is a
perfectionist would be a bit of an understatement. He is the
kind of bowyer that always seeks to build the next bow better
than the one before it. Joe and I finally got together and he
began building my bow last summer. With his advice, I selected
the core, wood and design I wanted. The bow Joe crafted for me
has been well worth the wait. I’ve enjoyed a lot of time in the
woods with that bow this fall. I’ve also spent a lot of time
just looking at the bow. It’s absolutely beautiful, and I love
shooting it. It is smooth and fast. I’m dreaming of harvesting a
nice gobbler with it this spring. Oh yes, and I’m already
dreaming about the next long bow I’m going to ask Joe to build
for me…after all, a man shouldn’t be limited to just one of these
Steve from America
"My Tanasi bow is a striking combination of balance, smooth draw,
exquisite craftsmanship and beauty! Joe was a pleasure to work
with and his bow is sure to be a treasured heirloom in our family
for a long time!"
Cindy from America
"What can I say. My new bow from Tanasi Bows is what archery
dreams are made of. The absolute beauty of the wood selected,
the riser carved to fit my grip exactly, and the smooth, confident
draw only compliment the fact that my groupings are tighter than
I have ever accomplished before. In the typical Joe style, he
brushed off the posibility that his bow would be the cause of my
instant improvement, instead putting the credit on my having been
practicing. Truth be told, I hadn't shot in many months, and was
actually quite rusty! I truely believe that the fit, smooth draw,
and balanced feel of the Chota model has made me a better shooter.
It feels like a natural extension of the body. Joe tries to lay
the credit on me, but I know better! This is the second Tanasi
Bow in our house. Joe made a bamboo backed longbow for my wife.
We feel truely blessed to own such exquisit, functional pieces
of art! Thank you Joe; you are a phenominal bowyer and an
Rex from America
"I just bought a really sweet bow from Joe Darnell at
Tanasibows.com, the Tanasi Warrior."
Patrick from Canada
"My name is Jeff Kirkland, and I’ve been shooting long bows and
recurves for several years now. I build bows, and I’ve shot
about every bow on the market; but when I met Joe a couple of
years ago, I was impressed by the style and performance of his
bows, not to mention his personality. I have shot several of
his bows, and my favorite is the Tanasi Warrior with the finger
grips. I’ve been looking for a high-performance bow without a
heavy draw weight, and it looks like I’ve found it. Thanks Joe!"
Jeff from America
"I'm Jack Peters and I bought a bow from Joe several months ago.
The bow is really a work of art, and a great shooter. I am
really impressed with the craftsmanship, and I really love the
way this bow shoots. It is my first custom bow and I am really pleased."
Jack from America
"I contacted Joe Darnell after months of internet research
(visiting over 51 different custom bow sites), reading reviews,
testimonials, etc. I just kept being drawn back to his site and
looking at the Tanasi Warrior again and again. There is just
something about the design that appeals to me far more than the
traditional recurve and longbow styles. He answered all of my
questions and just made me feel comfortable that I was making the
right choice. I really like that he does basically everything by
hand and that it is a passion for him.
"My Tanasi Warrior bow arrived nicely packaged in a PVC tube for protection. After pulling it out of the packaging I was surprised to find that it came with a fleece bow sock, which is great. The first thing I noticed, after removing the sock, was how lightweight the bow is. The second thing I noticed was that the bow was absolutely gorgeous, far exceeding my expectations. Joe had sent pictures but, to see it in person was far more impressive. The bow has a wenge riser and bocote limbs, both with really nice grain patterns, and they just complement each other really well, in my opinion. I wanted some contrast between the limbs and riser but, not too much and the combination is just what I was hoping for. Joe’s craftsmanship and the fit and finish of the bow are incredible. Everything is perfectly symmetrical, balanced and smooth. The one thing I was unsure of with the Tanasi Warrior design was how the handle would feel to me since I hadn’t ever tried anything similar. Well, it fits my hand perfectly and just feels completely natural. When I first shot the bow I was surprised by how quiet it was. I didn’t hear any string noise at all, just the smack of the arrow hitting the target. I don’t feel any vibration after the shot either. I am pretty new to traditional archery and shooting instinctively so unfortunately I can’t say I am splitting shafts, yet. But, I can say that this bow has significantly increased my confidence and I am much more consistently with it than any other bow I have shot. I am a very satisfied customer and highly recommend Tanasi Bows. If you are looking for a high quality, high performance traditional bow a Tanasi Warrior will do you proud."
Robin from America
"I am Clay Warren from Oak Ridge, Tennessee. I recently recieved
my Tanasi warrior and have been beyond pleased with my bow's look
and feel. It shoots like a dream and I have had just about everyone
who picks it up say that it is the most beautiful bow they have
ever seen. Joe has really helped me as I am relatively new to
traditional archery. He is very knowledgable about traditional
archery. He is passionate about his bows and you will be able to
tell the first time you shoot and look at one."
Clay from America
"I am Wayne Hess from Pennsylvania and a fan of traditional archery.
I particularly like the looks of the Asian or Turkish-style bows.
There are not more than a handful of bowyers making these styles
with modern materials. When I saw the advertisement for the Tanasi
Warrior long bow I googled it. It was made by bowyer, Joe Darnell.
I decided to call him to talk about his bows. I enjoyed talking
with him, he is a very pleasant man to converse with. The result
of that conversation was that Joe made me a Tanasi Warrior long
bow. I received a bow that looked GREAT!! The craftsmanship was
terrific and the finish superb! If there is a word such as
"Bow-love", Joe built it right into this bow. I love to shoot it!
I have several longbows by Fedora, Leon Stewart, and Toelke and
this bow shoots right at the top of the line! The Tanasi Warrior
Long Bow is a great bow. It's in a class of its own. I am truly
happy with the bow. I love how it shoots. I love the look of the
Bocote and Wenge combo. It is an awesome bow! Thanks Joe for a
Wayne from America