“Purists may complain that this book is not about how to sit under a bush and laboriously fashion a bow and arrows with stone-age tools. With the theory that you have to crawl before you can walk, and since we don’t have elders steeped in five thousand years of weapons-making looking over our shoulders, I have chosen to show how to make bows and arrows the easiest way, with steel tools. If a beginning bowyer was going to make mistakes, I felt it was better to make them on a bow in which he had invested thirty hours rather than on a bow he had spent a hundred hours scraping with flint chips. Once the basic techniques are mastered, one can always begin using stone tools, if one’s so inclined.
A final word on how I approach the making of bows and arrows. I’ve found the going much smoother when I looked upon the wood and stone and sinew and feathers with respect as fellow living things rather than just as raw materials. Work with the wood, rather than trying to impose too much of your will upon it.” Jim Hamm from the Forward.
Step back in time to the beautiful weapons used by Native Americans. This complete guide includes wooden bows, sinew-backed bows, horn bows, strings, arrows, and quivers.
160 pages, 150 photos.
$14.95, plus s & h