Montana Selfbow Jamboree

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Montana Selfbow Jamboree

Montana Selfbow Jamboree

June 30th, July 1st and 2nd

osage orange selfbow

Mark Baker with a nice whitetail doe taken with an osage orange selfbow.

If you’ve ever wanted to tackle the bow building process, you’ll soon have a rare chance to take advantage of centuries of cumulative knowledge from experienced bowyers. The Traditional Bowhunters of Montana, along with the resources and skills of the membership of the Oklahoma Selfbow Society, are conducting a weekend bow building workshop for those folks wishing to delve into the primitive realm of bow hunting and archery.

On the Bill Owens Ranch, in Logan, MT….we will gather and teach folks the fine art and science behind crafting these one of a kind tools. There, you will be able to acquire a fine Osage Stave – the best of bow woods – and utilize the tools on hand (or bring your own) and team up with an experienced bowyer to learn how to build your own selfbow. But that’s not all….

Arrow building, flint-knapping, youth activities, various seminars, an archery course, novelty-type shooting contests and demos, free primitive camping on-site, and more. All of this is available free to the general public. The the hands-on bow building instruction is available for an organizational membership and some investment in the cost of the stave itself (or you can bring your own).

Our friends from the Oklahoma Selfbow Society are really stepping up in their mission to teach this discipline and spread the enthusiasm that it ignites in the participants. They’ll be hauling out trailer loads of Osage staves for the event. Now folks from the Northern Rockies region and anyone else willing to take the drive up and share with us during that weekend can take part in what is the fastest growing segment of Bow hunting in the country.

A well-crafted selfbow is functional art at its finest. It is no less than perfect sculpture, designed to withstand the medium’s outer limits of physical stress and recovery…of perfect balance and transfer of energy…of design simplicity and artistic interpretation all in one. It evokes natural “mojo” like no other hunting or shooting tool.

Be cautions though, it’s terribly addictive. Needing little more than basic hand tools that we’ll have on hand, and a little “know-how”, many take up this learned skill as perhaps a “bucket list” item to check off and find they have gotten in over their heads in a pastime that often lasts the rest of their lives.

It adds another element to your hunting, if that is your goal; one that can’t be touched by anything on “the market”; one that brings the hunter the utmost in satisfaction in his journey. It may be the holy-grail of success, to have hunted and harvested wild game with a simple hand-made bow not unlike one used for millennia.

And for non-hunters, who simply thrill at shooting arrows…to do so with tools you created is a feeling like none other.

osage orange selfbow

Mark Baker checking the alignment on a snakey osage orange selfbow.

The Montana Selfbow Jamboree will take place at the Bill Owens ranch, in Logan, MT, at 2700 Logan-Trident Road, on June 30th, July 1st and 2nd. Everything begins at 8 am each morning, with seminars and fun scheduled throughout the weekend, including after-hours campfire fun. A small fee of $30.00 or Traditional

Bowhunters of Montana membership is required for Bow-building instruction. Participants will also need as a bow stave which the student may bring or purchase. Limited tools will be available so sharing may be required, or the student can bring along his or her own tools. A drawknife, a rasp, and scraper or knife, and a hatchet is really all that is needed. Vendors will have plenty of top-quality bow staves on hand for purchase for those that need one.

This is a rare opportunity taking place so make plans to attend this if you want to learn the skills or even just to find out more about this fun pastime. Click here to see the flyer.


See you there,

Mark Baker

By | 2017-06-02T05:52:55+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Mark Baker, Primitive Archery, Traditional Archery|4 Comments

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  1. KC Kreger June 2, 2017 at 6:20 am

    I am part of the Oklahoma Selfbow Society and I know a lot of us are looking forward to helping others discover the passion of building their own traditional tackle.

    I hope a lot of folks show up to participate and to learn the techniques that’ll be on display!

  2. Van June 2, 2017 at 7:29 am

    I really wish I could attend. It’s definitely a addiction that is no cure for it. Have a a blessed weekend!!!

  3. Drew Scammahorn December 5, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Hi, I’m a regular visitor of your blog. I find it very interesting and useful. I respect your opinion & would like to know your feedback. I’m planning on going camping with my family & am looking for a suitable camping axe or hatchet to assist me to chop the wood for the campfire. I was reading some reviews and I am still unsure about which hatchet to purchase. I maybe can go with the cheaper hatchet. What do you think? Is it really worth it to purchase a more expensive option if I am only going camping a few times per season? Thank you so much for your feedback and thanks for the great posts that you write.

  4. admin December 8, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Just find something that fits you well and has a solid fitting head. Look at the wood grain on the handle. It should not run off. A solid hatchet will have straight grain in the handle and no slack in the head.

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