Japan 2015

Japan 2015

Being back on the west coast of North America again brings me that much closer to one of my favourite places in the world, Japan. I had the chance to take part in the 4th Annual Asia Oceania Kyudo Seminar recently. This trip fulfilled one of my dreams to have the...
A visit with Hector Cole

A visit with Hector Cole

Back while I was living in London I had the opportunity to visit and take a short class with Hector Cole. Hector is one of the most prominent blacksmiths in the UK specializing in creating archeologically correct pieces using tools and techniques that reach way back...
new arrows

new arrows

In the last post I showed a bit about the process of last weekend, building a British longbow. I’ve been moving in the direction of making all my own things. Arrows are something that can easily be done in a smaller space with fewer tools. I really enjoy the...
birth of a british longbow

birth of a british longbow

It all began with a heavy section of Yew wood. This is the wood that traditionally was used to make a longbow of this type. Over 500 years ago this weapon was the deciding factor in many conflicts. In England any male over the age of 12 was required by law to spend...
arrows, first one finished!

arrows, first one finished!

I’ve managed to finish my first arrow! Fletchings glued on and wrapped with some very nice silk thread. There are some rough edges here and there but for the first time through the process I’m very proud of it. Hoping I can get out this weekend to see how...
arrows, first steps

arrows, first steps

Some of you have listened to me rattle on for some time now on this subject. After a long period of hurry up and wait things are falling into place for me. I’ve moved into my new place in Vancouver. I have all my tools at hand and I have space to work now. Over...