I grew up in a small village in Southeast Nebraska. My siblings and I were raised to hunt, fish, forage for wild foods, and navigate the wilderness. We spent a lot of time outdoors as a family where we were taught to respect and appreciate the land and all the critters that call it home. My father is an accomplished bowhunter and had a bow and arrows in my hands as soon as I could understand their utility.
My early adult years led me away from archery to pursue other interests, and I eventually joined the United States Marine Corps. I greatly enjoyed my time with the Corps and served two combat tours in Afghanistan before returning home to Nebraska and becoming almost immediately infatuated with archery.
I built bows obsessively as a hobby for 6 years before making Organic Archery my full-time endeavor in 2018. I am consumed by this craft, and I deeply cherish the art of bow making and the mystical flight of the arrow.
I'd like to open a door for people who wish to go afield with a simple, elegant, and effective longbow that uncovers a broader, deeper connection to our ancient history as hunter-gatherers.
People all over the world are finding inspiration to step away from the contrived mass-production that surrounds us in our daily lives and experience the romance of the "old ways". It sings to us like a siren and pulls us in; and there are few songs of our ancestry as alluring as the sweet tune of the monochord, the initial rune of fine art.
I promise to craft every longbow to the very best of my abilities. No detail will be overlooked. I follow these bows from standing tree to finished product, and no two are alike. They all have their own unique challenges and character. Each build takes a little piece of me with it, and I hope your bow brings you as much joy as I've experienced making it.