Anwas ran his hand down the smooth wood of his longbow, the one given him by his father. Ruel had fashioned the elegant weapon when he was but a young man, before Anwas had been born. There was none like it. Even after all this time, Anwas thought of his father’s noble face whenever he held the weapon.
After a compound bow failed him on a turkey hunt more than a decade ago, 29-year-old Michael Spink of Spink Wooden Bows in Pocahontas, Arkansas, started making his own wooden bows by hand. He walked us through the process of crafting a 68-inch Native American longbow.