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Blog entry by Big Foot Bows posted 11-14-2016 04:43 PM 774 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

My name is Kirk Lavender. I live in a little hamlet called “Mulino” that is located about 30 miles south of Portland Oregon. I’ve lived here for 26 years and built my own wood shop in the summer of 96’ on our little 2 acre ranch. The original farm house was built in 1886 and was on the old stage coach line from Oregon city south to Molalla. Its a very peaceful setting out here surrounded by larger 20-40 acre farms that are mostly used for pasture and hay fields.

i am what i would call a true craftsman that has a very diversified skills set accumulated over many years. I cut my teeth in the construction industry, and devoted a good portion of my life to carpentry, cabinet works, tile setting, masonry, and many other construction related trades. As i got older, i moved into advanced wood working and built boats for a couple years….. that was an eye opener much like earning a masters degree in the carpentry trade.

I’ve dabbled with a few furniture building projects over the years that were somewhat satisfying, but nothing i could see a future for any type of reasonable compensation for time and materials invested. So i keep those type projects for special occasions and gifts for family members.

Then i stumbled into something i fell in love with about 10 years ago…... I’ve been an avid archery hunter since 1989 and used modern compound bows for many years. I did quite well as an archery hunter & even got into competitive archery for awhile. Its a Great sport!..... Then one day i was at a 3D archery shoot, and someone handed me a home made long bow, and was asked if i’d like to shoot it? Looking at this very simple stick and string compared to a compound bow, it was rather primitive in nature, but the rich looking hardwood used in the grip was rather pleasing to the eye. So i gave it a try….. AND…. I loved it! No sights, no mechanical adjustments, no fancy trigger release aids needed….. nothing but instinctive skill for hitting your target….. Whoa! What a challenge this was.

I had a blast shooting these guys bows for two days in a row, and started thinking to myself i could build one of these myself with a bit of research….. So shortly after those fun filled days, i sold my fancy compound bow, and bought a band saw…....


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#1 posted 11-14-2016 10:41 PM

Kirk, welcome to LJs. I would like to see more pix of your bows. This is an unknown area of woodworking, at least to me. Thanks for expanding my horizons.

-- Art

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