In 1962 Keith Gascoigne began his career as a bowyer, as apprentice to the late Les Howis at Marksman Archery, learning his craft and for many years running the workshop.
Keith designed the KG1 while at Marksman and the bow was named after him, for many years it was one of the top bows and many people are still shooting it today.
In 1991 Keith opened up his own business KG Archery. The first bow Keith produced was the KG Nemesis named after the goddess of divine retribution. Very soon to follow was the Paragon, the worlds first all carbon bow handle. This bow has won many awards starting with the 1993 UK Rural Development Innovation award for the use of Carbon in a bow handle.
The Paragon Carbon handle with KG Carbon Limbs went on to win both Silver and Gold medals in the Para-Olympic games in Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and in Athens 2004 with Gold again.
In the beginning K.G Archery was originally set up as a bow making workshop, but soon opened a small sales room for customers to buy accessories to go with the bows.
Now the showroom is not so small, and we have a substantial range of bows and equipment from an assortment of manufactures.
In August 2009 in order to have more production space, KG Archery moved to larger premises in Walesby only a few miles from its original shop. The new workshop has allowed KG to expand their production capabilities. Customers visiting the shop can also see bows being made, everything from the NX55 Limbs to the exotic field bows that team KG make.
The new showroom is fully stocked with everything for the beginner or novice archer, to the more experienced archer.
It doesn't matter if you shoot the recurve, longbow or compound we can help you. Our team have knowledge in all bows and will happily help you with bow maintenance and set up.
We have an indoor shooting range were you can try bows out. All bows purchased from KG Archery are set up by professional bowyers.
There are now 3 generations of the Gascoigne family a part of KG. Keith, his son Adrian who helped start the company and now Adrian's daughter Amy who helps out on Saturdays and in school holidays.
The KG Team are
Keith Gascoigne - Grand Master Bowyer.
Adrian - Master Bowyer, Shop Manager and PSE Trained Compound Specialist.
Neill - Master Bowyer, Head of Manufacturing and Compound Specialist.
Martin - Bowyer.
Tammie - Office Manager.
Will - Apprentice Bowyer.
John - Apprentice Bowyer.
Leigha - Fletcher.
Amy - Shop Assistant.
In 2021 KG were sad to lose Keith's wife Christine. Christine was a key member of the KG staff and was a crucial part of helping Keith set up the company. Christine coached 3 ladies to the 2004 Para Olympics, 2 of these came back with gold medals. Christine dedicated her life to archery and was once a key member of the East Midlands and Notts Archery Society coaching team.