Bows and Arrows

Bows and Arrows

The grace, beauty, and mystery of the bow and arrow have captivated us from our distant past to our present times. The bow and arrow has proved itself as a valuable weapon for hunting and war, as its long magnificent history has shown time and time again. The bows we build are fully functional weapons, capable hunting tools, and living pieces of history.

The bows begin as full staves(slipt out logs) and are carefully designed and reduced with hand tools from a single piece of woods. As the bows begin to take shape, the bend, or tiller, is meticulously worked and perfected. Once the bow has been tillered it is reduced to the desired poundage and tested. This detailed and involved process can take beginners more than fifty hours from start to completion. These bows can range in poundage from 30 to 65 pounds, and fire at a rate of between 130 and nearly 200 feet per second. If properly cared for and maintained these bows can last a lifetime.

In a world where machines and unnatural materials dominate our daily lives, a simple, all wooden bow is welcome reminder of the potential of human beings and the Earth to come together to create functional weapons of beauty.

Arrow making is itself a fine skill requiring the synthesis of a wide variety of materials and processes. From straightening and shaping shafts, to knapping and carving points, sinew work, pitch adhesives, and feather for the fetching. Arrows are harder to perfect than bows in many ways, and to the hunter far more important. As these arrows are hunting arrows, we strive to make them as deadly effective as possible, learning for those who came before us, and disciplining the details of the skill out of respect for our prey.