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They reminded him of his youth, and at night he dreamt of hunting deer when he was young, and in his sleep, his arms drew the imaginary bow intertwined with his spirit. After leaving Chu-no-wa-yahi each evening, the two boys walked up the trail back to the village, and carried in their hearts a special bond with the old man. At day’s end, they renewed their vows to one another: they would continue to learn the sacred crafting of man-nee from Chu-no-wa-yahi, they would also pass the craft on to their sons.
Reading Traditional Bowyers of America brought back memories of people I greatly admire and many I sorely miss. While advances in traditional archery materials, bow-building techniques, and shooting styles have advanced since 1989, nothing has changed the archery and bowhunting world as profoundly as the availability of today’s information. In the late eighties there was pretty much one source of information available to the traditional archer — a small number of general bowhunting magazines which produced a handful of articles on traditional archery.
He preferred crafting during the mornings when the sun reflected off the great cliff and illuminated the wood, revealing the fine grain within, guiding his skilled hands along the emerging lines of power and grace. Once a flatbow was rough shaped, the old warrior trimmed both ends until the bow spanned from his outstretched hand to his opposite hip. Using a small piece of rounded sandstone, he gently smoothed all surfaces until they flowed together in one harmonious contour. The old crafter taught the boys that the power and smoothness within man-nee depended on the perfect blending of the flat limbs into the rounded, narrower ends, and the thicker handle.