Hey! New here as of today. Got a longevity question about yew. I've been making bows from local eastern seaboard woods most of my life. Early on I settled on the flatbow as a design that wouldn't blind me, after a few very close calls with some elliptical-shaped experiments from some less than tolerant wood species. I have pretty much just stuck with its variations over the years. They put meat on the table as long as I do my job, so who could complain? In fact, I used to watch guys shooting the ELB with tingles going down my spine, just waiting for the moment a bow limb would fail and impale the right hemisphere of someone's brain. Until I broke down and bought one a year and a half ago. It shot too far for a 75-lb bow. My brothers and several friends measured the distances of ten flight shots with a 28" bamboo arrow, 2" cone bodkin made from rolled copper sheet(2 layers). The shortest was 230 yards, the longest was 240, average somewhere in between. Comparable distances came when using an 1.5" copper broadhead. Believe me or not I do not care. My flatbows average about 190 yards and maybe 50 or 55 lbs. That's more than enough for hunting here in Florida. Well, the bow failed after 500 or so shots. It was 67" (I'm 68"), nearly 70 years old and had been in an attic in Minnesota since the 60's. I believe it may have been a youth bow, or made for a smaller person, explaining both its performance and later failure. Made a great atlatl from the lower limb. And it wasn't the distance that mesmerized me, it was the speed. Easily faster than a filthy, cursed compound "bow". Boys, I want another one. I'm addicted. I've seen the English light. If all yew longbows shoot as fast and hard-hitting as this bow did, I'll convert every bowhunter I know from Kentucky to the Florida Keys to primitive archery. I've been doing that for years with the flatbow's superior silence, quick handling, and often comprable speeds. Now to the questions: How long will yew last? How long will the elliptical longbow design last, with very hard daily use? Is it really even an efficient design, or only for yew? Can I get the same, or (dare I dream) better performance from a yew flatbow? I do dearly love the Holmegaard. I've already bought a 75x4x4 pacific yew stave and I don't want to screw it up. I daresay there's enough room for four bows in there, with extreme care. Surely two. Any advice, heated or friendly, thrown objects, howitzer fire, is all more than welcome.