I have shoot traditional fiberglass recurves, compounds and now have been shooting hand made self bows. I suggest you start out with aluminum arrows. They are more consistant and you will have more than enough on your plate to learn to be consistant with your form. later you can move to a heavier bow, if you need it, but be careful not to over bow yourself. It's a huge difference having to hold 65 pound bows than to just draw them like a compound.
If you want to be fully traditional and shoot wood shafts you can do that after you learn more about the bow and matching arrows and have your form and shooting down. Arow making, IMO, is more difficult than making the bows themselves, but if the bow is center sot as most recurves are it becomes easier with spine weights of about 10 to 15 pounds over draw weight.
Your going to need to practice several times a week to get good, but it's a lot more fun. Also try and learn instictive shooting and not gap shooting if you can. It's much more flexible and lets you shoots off faster while hunting.
Best of luck and ask away with questions. Did I spit too much out already?
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