I have been making recurves for a few years now. There is a fair bit involved in it, and I would have to charge a lot to make it a viable career but as something to do onece in a while it is fun.
What was said above about cracks in the limbs, +1000! When a limb breaks, it can be very violent!!! I have seen this happen firsthand when some contamination got onto the laminations in a recurve limb ( about a 60 pounder too!) and about the best outcome is that you punch yourself VERY hard in the face. Black eye territory or worse......especially if you get fibreglass splinters in there..........
NEVER dry fire a bow!
Compounds are easy to shoot, especially when set up with release aid, sights, special rests etc but are expensive to buy and set up.
Recurves are nice to shoot, but don't have the let off on a compound. They require a bit more skill and practice but are very rewarding.
The most rewqarding and potentially cheapest bow is a primitive barebow longbow. It is all about the skill, with no accessories to help you. Archery stripped to the basics.
Much like going out with a flintlock musket and bagging a deer.
Not for everyone but extreme fun if you get into it.
I find a glove is better than a tab if finger shooting, not relevant if using a release aid.
Get an arm guard! String slap hurts!!
Carbon shafts are cool but expensive, you almost cry if you lose one!
Ally shafts are good, but the best fun is making your own arrows and fletching and cresting them from cedar shafts, then you get right into it and start doing footed shafts and dyeing and cutting your own feathers and so on........
Jump in feet first and have fun!!!