Those who appreciate old-world craftsmanship are in for a treat. Here's how a longbow is made using traditional tools and materials. I suggest watching it in full-screen mode for best results.
That was a pleasure to watch.
John Neeman Tools is a Latvian outfit, making all sorts of interesting stuff. They say of themselves:
We are a small crew of craftsmen from Latvia who use our heritage of craftsmanship handed down through many generations to design and create woodworking tools and knives. Our process, our method and mission keep these traditions and crafts alive and well. In this high-tech age, our own traditional craftsmanship is flourishing.
Our company was founded and all the tools designed by Jacob, a carpenter, with a love for traditional woodworking together with his close friend - a local village bladesmith, that has deep knowledge in historical blades and techniques.
We use our hands to produce tools that will live on, telling their story in the hands of the craftsmen after us. Each tool we make is born with energy and personality – a love and care that will be felt daily by each craftsman; a resonance from the heart of the tool.
Towering factories and belching chimneys are not our game. All of our tools are made in our small traditional workshops, using equally traditional methods and techniques. Our focus is on uniqueness and quality, not quantity. We want to help people to remember how to use their hands, to relate their own human energy to their tools – to achieve the true joy of creating something from humble beginnings, as we did.
Our traditions of blacksmithing and woodworking walk step by step together. We are uniting our history, traditions and craftsmanship in one ancient craft - tool making.
Their prices for longbows range from $1,045 to $1,620, according to their Web site. Value for money, I'd say, considering the craftsmanship that goes into them. I'll be putting up a couple more videos from them over the next few days.