Bow, arrow, and target from a culture that still loved archery, 1856.
A beautiful photo of arrows from the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. Collected in the early 20th century. Wonderful sinew wrappings, glass points, and clay pigments. And the nice little bow that accompanies them.
Bone point from Saguenay-Lac Saint Jean Region; Québec; Canada. Probably very early 20th century.
If I could ever look this cool... Woodblock print, British Museum. Click the image for more information.
When people appreciated hand made archery equipment. No training wheel, gizmos, releases, or sights. Click the image to access the British Museum page for this item.
Believed to be a Yup'ik quiver, bowcase, bow, and arrows from the late 19th century. Click the image to learn more.
Satire on archery from 1794. More at the British Museum.
Chiricahua Apache, Arizona ca. 1880 Click the image above to see more about these artifacts at the National Museum of the American Indian. Detail photo of some fletchings and points from this collection.
I am very interested in the European Upper Paleolithic. There are many amazing artifacts of antler and bone known from good archaeological contexts. Having lugged a load of antler and bones around over the last several years, it seemed to be time to make some new goodies. I went through a phase 15-20 years ago … Continue reading Antler Points
Took the new arrows out for a little shooting last night. The bodkins are too much for the lightweight straw bales I have right now. The arrows shoot very straight and true but pass through the bales as if they weren't even there. At least with broadheads you get some drag as they cut the … Continue reading Arrows
My new quiver. Re-worked from one I made earlier in the winter but was just not quite right. I like it a lot now. It's a little smaller, hangs either vertically (Medieval style) or from a shoulder strap which is removable. Made from oak tanned leather and so far, just washed down with yellow saddle … Continue reading A Quiver
Thanks to those who participated in our bow making class this year. I failed to get many photos so if anyone would be willing to share theirs with me, I would be most grateful. Email me at zcoyotez (at) yahoo.com. We made very traditional flat bows. This is a straight-forward, predictable design that is easy … Continue reading Winter Count Bow Makers
The winds slowed, the killer dust settled and I was able to get back to the bow. A few minutes with the power planer took the rough shape down to a nearly finished product. The calipers are useful and can save a lot of guesswork when making the same style bow over and over. Above, … Continue reading Hickory Bow part 2
The next hickory bow. I have a barn full of aged staves languishing that need to be made into bows. Today the weather was good and I had some free time so I jumped on the opportunity to get back into production. Over the last three years I've only made about one bow per year … Continue reading Hickory Bow
The arts and crafts of bow-making and arrow-making are alive and well. If anything, they have grown in quality and quantity in the 30 years I have been involved in archery. I, like most of the other bowyers I know, learned in relative isolation with very little printed information available. After a few successful bows, … Continue reading Archery Artisans
Finished a new bow as a gift. An unusual Osage orange wood that didn't have the yellow-orange pigmentation. I am only certain that it is Osage since I cut it down myself. This is the first bow from the tree. It doesn't seem quite as hard as regular Osage (but still very dense) and took … Continue reading New Bow
Here are more shaving (work) horses. I wish I had photos of my first horse. I liked it well enough but I made it short to fit cross-ways in a narrow truck. These are some better and later models... A shiny new horse. Hickory arm and head, poplar cross-stretchers. Adjustable tilt table. Another new horse. … Continue reading More Work Horses