Tomahawks and Bows

All of my bows, arrows and quivers are made with natural materials

All of my bows, arrows and quivers are made with natural materials

When making Native or Early American items, I only use the tools and materials that were appropriate to the time.  A lantern or campfire is often the only light I use because I want to know what they saw when working on a knife or arrow.  The finished product is much different when using authentic materials and surroundings.  This has always been important to me.

Nature provides everything we need to thrive as evidenced by this fishing kit I made from lake reeds and a bird-bone hook.  It is secured with fish-gut glue.

Indian fishing cordage made from reeds (shown under cord)  with bird bone hook.

I made this smoke-able ‘hawk and powder-horn just as a mountain man would have.  I love the challenge of seeing how I measure up.

‘hawk and horn – tools of the trade for an Indian or mountain man

The buckskin grip and sinew on the back of an Indian bow demonstrates the rusty beauty of nature.  There is nothing man has in his power to match it, in either function or beauty.

buckskin grip and sinew on Indian bowHand-carved bone inlay on a tomahawk.  This is new to me but highly enjoyable and very rewarding. I’m inspired to become better at it.

paw print carved from bone

Below are a hand-carved bows painted by my daughter.

This bow is rawhide backed.

This bow is rawhide backed.

sinew backed plains style bow with brass wire and wool decoration.

sinew backed plains style bow with brass wire and wool decoration.

kids bow made with red oak.

kids bow made with red oak.

quiver made with cattails and rabbit fur.  Sinew backed cherry bow with cane arrows.

quiver made with cattails and rabbit fur. Sinew backed cherry bow with cane arrows.

celtic tomahawk that I made for a client to give to his father.

celtic tomahawk that I made for a client to give to his father.

celtic cross bone and malachite inlay.

celtic cross bone and malachite inlay.

I made this for a kid to give to his father for Christmas.

I made this for a kid to give to his father for Christmas.

This is the real deal.  Made entirely by hand from buckskin for my son.

This is the real deal. Made entirely by hand from buckskin for my son.

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