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Bows & Arrows of the Native Americans

Bows & Arrows of the Native Americans
A Step-by-Step Guide to Wooden Bows, Sinew-backed Bows, Composite Bows, Strings, Arrows & Quivers
by Jim Hamm

The Lyons Press, 2007

In this digital age there is still a place for bowstrings and arrowheads, tying knots and stalking prey.

Although bows and arrows have been used for hunting and warfare for thousands of year, the wooden bows, arrows and quivers featured in this step-by-step bowyer's guide are based on styles developed by Native Americans in the 1700s and 1800s. Remnants of these instruments survive in museums and historical accounts of that period, and from those sources the author developed the techniques and methods outlined in these pages.

"This book is not about how to sit under a bush and laboriously fashion a bow and arrows with stone-age tools," author Jim Hamm explains. "Since we don't have elders steeped in five thousand years of weapon-making looking over our shoulders, I have chosen to show how to make bows and arrows the easiest way, with stone tools."

Hamm, a Texas bowyer since the 1980s, has authored or co-authored a half dozen or so books on bows and arrows and hunting with bows and arrows, including the three-volume The Traditional Bowyer's Bible, Encyclopedia of Native American Bows, Arrows & QuiversWhitetails Tactics With Recurves & Longbows and Ishi & Elvis.

"One of the most enjoyable ways to shoot, and which for me gives the very best practice, is to rove in the field and shoot at targets of opportunity, leaves, sticks, rabbits, small rocks, squirrels, and so forth. The only drawback to this theory is that if you're using handmade arrows, which I like to do, you destroy or lose a lot of them. In the last ten years it seems like I've lost right at a million dollars worth of arrows. At least, when it takes half a day to make one arrow it seems like it.,"

Along with step-by-step instructions for making Native American bows and arrows, Hamm's latest book includes information on how to build, use and care for wooden bows, sinew-backed bows, composite bows, strings, arrows, and quivers. 

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