Bunting develops passion for hunting the old-fashioned way
“I wanted a long bow to hunt with,” Bunting said, “so I decided to make one.”
He taught himself the many intricate steps that are involved in making a proper bow and arrow. Researching primitive forms of archery online and in books, Bunting learned to do everything from carving the proper type of rock into a sharp arrow to whittling the best types of wood to attach the bow.
After crafting his first bow and arrow, Bunting hasn’t been able to get enough of the art. “It’s turned into a fun hobby,” he said. “I’ve made over 30 bows now.”
All of Bunting’s archery pieces are made strictly the primitive way. “I make them the same way the ancient people made them,” he said. He doesn’t use any pieces of power equipment in the process.
“It takes a lot of elbow grease,” Bunting said. “Even if you’re young and have good arms, it still takes a lot of time; but it’s a lot of fun.”
Bunting said it takes him about a week and a half to make each bow and arrow; and that is working about four hours a day in his backyard shop.