Stefano Benini was born in the Ferrarese countryside in 1960.

Archer since 1977 he was always interested in the history of archery and he got noticed for the ability to make fine wooden bows.

Today he makes replicas of historical bows in various kind of timber, with speciall favour to Taxus baccata (European Yew)

He was a regular columnist for the national magazine ARCO and the founder of the Italian branch of “The Society of Archery Antiquaries”, the prestigious learned society founded in 1956, now run in Italy by Jill V. Brazier.


He was a regular columnist for the national magazine “Arco” since 1989, as he was the and the founder of the Italian branch of “ Society of Archer-Antiquaries” the prestigious learned society founded in 1956, now run in Italy by Jill V. Brazier.

In 1999 he translated for Greentime Editor in Bologna, a book about longbow archery by Roger Ascham, first published in London in 1545. Dedicated to King Henry VIII, it is the first book on archery written in English named “Toxophilus”.

As the consultant for the pile dwelling sites of Trento, Stefano is one of the very few to have examined and replicated the original bow find artifacts dating to the bronze-age Northern Italy’s sites of Fiavè and Ledro. His works and proceeding are published by the official Archaeological Superintendence of Trento, Italy. We also worked for:

  • Museo dei grandi Fiumi, di Rovigo

  • Soprintendenza ai beni Archeologici Provincia of Trento

  • Museo del Buon Consiglio di Trento, with Oscar Manuel Gonzalez

  • Historical Archers of Cividale del Friuli

  • The Ente Palio of Ferrara

  • The Bundan Celtic Festival, Cisalpine Gaul

He takes care of Historical research and reenactment as the leader of the Teuta Boico-Lingones Archeri di Yr tribe in Bologna and has taken part with them in many historical events and nationwide television broadcast documentaries. He conducted and coordinated archers for historical rapresentations against Legio I Italica of Villa Dose (Rovigo).

He is a federal insstructor of the Italian archery federation FIARC since 1990.

National coach since 1990 he practiced Kyudo war-style for 15 years.

Between 2005 and 2006 he collaborated for the editions of: Bundan Celtic Festival that was organized by theTeuta Lingones, with Davide Lodi e and the Arciers of YR, taking care for the events with the flaming arrows in 2005 and 2006 up tp Po river and the battle against Roman Legions of 2007.

The master bow-maker Stefano Benini makes historical bow replicas in different timbers, including yew, osage, elm, ash, laburnum and bamboo, both self or rawhide backed.

 

 

Stefano Benini during a fisiological wooden bow reconstruction.