by John Borgeson
In Okinawa, Japan, there is an abundance of cane that is quite suitable for primitive arrow shafts. How do I know this? I live here in Okinawa, Japan, and I also make my own primitive archery equipment using what I can obtain from local natural areas as well as from the local economy. To get good, useable cane for arrow shafts is easy as the cane grows all over Okinawa. I have even obtained cane growing on the grounds of one of the local archery clubs.
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by Steve “Hillbilly” Parker
A pall of dust rises over the land, lending a blood-red hue to the setting sun. To the north, where blue clad men have taken up defensive positions, the faint sound of a fife and drum corps playing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” wafts on the breeze, almost obscured by the clipped nasal Yankee accents of nervous men preparing for battle. In the scrubby woods to the south, a similar scene is unfolding.
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by Paul Silvain
If you’ve stopped here expecting to read a first-hand account about my trailing the Mother of all Whitetails with trusty bow and arrow in hand, or how I crafted a prize-winning primitive bow from a gnarled and twisted piece of worm-holed driftwood, you’ve turned to the wrong page. Yes, this is a yarn about me on a trail, of sorts, with bow and arrow, all right. And it will detail the making of a fine, handcrafted bow by a true master bowyer. Only the trail is one of discovery, and that little ol’ bowmaker isn’t me. Maybe I should explain.
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I have always been enamored by the longbow, whether it is the English style with a “roman arch” D-shaped cross section, or its American cousin with a shallower arch or trapezoid construction. Long, narrow, and lithe in the hand it exudes grace and charm. This is not to disparage the traditional flat bow, millennia of service to mankind has proved the effectiveness of its design. Still, like beer and dogs we all have our favorites. In need of another bow and having read Hunting with the Bow and Arrow, I decided to build a bow similar to the type used by Saxton Pope, Art Young, and the Thompson brothers before them.
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Feb/Mar 2015 Edition in this issue:

Chuck and Kevin’s Amazing Adventure By Kevin Raybould

Small Town Knapper
By Nikki Wetzel

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