Traditional Bow Making Master
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Traditional Bow Making Master
April 9, 2017

Peter is one of those people that you meet along your journey at exactly the right time, and who leaves you with so many subtle gifts, they seem to continue giving long after he is gone. This was the first and only time I met him, whilst attending a Long-Bow making workshop weekend in the bush. We spent 2 days huddled under pine trees, hiding from the sun, and shaping what was to become my first traditional long-bow for archery.

I’ve always been intrigued by the art of archery, and the meditative state it creates when I practice it. There is intention in each movement and a deep connection to the breath and body. I feel that perhaps it goes a lot deeper in my soul, as there is something really magical about the connection from your fingers to the target. There are countless writers, artists, and leaders who all take part in the art of the bow. But this was my initiation, and Peter was the master who inspired me.

“What is a master? I would say that he is not someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to do his best to discover a knowledge he already has in his soul.” – Paulo Coelho, The Way Of The Bow

This is the first of many portraits of people who inspire me: our teachers, leaders, tinkerers, game-changers and those that dedicate themselves to their art form.

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