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Tom Turgeon Contact CU Woodshop
About Tom Turgeon: As the owner of Boise Bows and Arrows, Tom Turgeon is a master bowyer and wilderness survival expert — specialties that spawned from a youth spent in the Idaho woods. He started making his own bows when he was seven because He wasn't allowed to have one and now travels all over the country, leading workshops on long bow building and arrowsmithing.

Tom writes: "What boy or girl hasn't imagined shooting a bow while playing in the 'wilds' of their backyard? I have never let loose of my fascination of watching an arrow soar off a taut string from a bent stick. That same fascination, spanning 4 decades, has inspired my commitment to honing my skills to perfect the ancient craft of long bow building.

Initially being introduced to the bow and arrow by Lionel Therriault my first bow was made of sumac. Not the most powerful bow ever built but it sure shot cattail reeds pretty well! The natural progression from bending sumac as a wide-eyed 7 year old was to devote countless hours in my twenties carving out bows with heavier draw weights from hardwood saplings and hand-split logs. Bowyers John Strunk and Dean Torges were instrumental in my bow building growth during this time. Similarly was my progression of tools; from my Grandfather's WWII military knife and an antique folding-handle draw knife to rasps, files and spokeshaves.

Over the past 21 years I have been fortunate enough to have shared my passion by teaching over a 1000 students. These students included Wounded Warriors and active/retired military personnel throughout the United States and customers throughout the world. Having learned to "teach" wood to bend with the most basic of hand tools has been invaluable to me. I am qualified to instruct my Wilderness Class students to build their bows with only a knife while my students in more traditional workshop settings enjoy the luxury of using rasps and spokeshaves to more easily tiller their staves. The finishing variables of these bows are endless and covered extensively in my Long Bow Finishing Workshops. "

For additional information, a downloadable brochure, videos and photos of actual classes please visit my website at www.boisebowsandarrows.com.
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