Come join archaeologist Justin Parks and learn to craft a fully functional bow in the local Sinagua style of archery. The bows you create will follow the same design features and wood species of surviving prehistoric bows of the Verde Valley area. Justin Parks is an experimental archaeologist currently working as a contract archaeologist in the Southwest. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University.
- Receive in-depth archaeological knowledge of southwestern archery from the only archaeologist to specialize in the wooden remains of prehistoric bows.
- Learn from and examine Sinagua bow staves from the Dyck Rockshelter that were still in production.
- Learn to carve a sapling using the natural shape of the tree, a prehistoric trick to save time and resources.
- Learn why Sinagua bows look and behave according to design and the natural environment.
- Learn to tiller a bow to bend properly, store energy, and not break!
- Learn to shoot the bow in proper southwestern style.
- Leave with a fully functional bow that looks and feels like the bows carried 1000 years ago, and gain a comprehensive knowledge of prehistoric bows and archery.
First day: Carve bows to shape, and floor tiller (bow begins to bend).
Second day: Tiller (bring bows to a proper bend, and achieve full draw). Target Practice!
Class limited to six participants for this two-day workshop. Class will meet from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm each day with a 30-minute lunch break.
Members: $225 per person; $250 non-members. Bow Staves and tools will be provided. Participants will use steel woodworking tools.