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Welcome, my name is Marc St Louis. My dad was an archer/bow hunter who made his own archery equipment for hunting and target shooting. He also taught archery at the military base where he worked. My brothers and I were therefore introduced to archery at a very young age. As a consequence, hunting with a stick and string has always been of keen interest to me. Even as a boy growing up in Northern Ontario, I was quite often out with bow and arrow hunting birds and small game with a bow and arrow. Later on as I grew up I started making bows and arrows for hunting large game. This is where it has brought me.
My craft is the
bowyer's art. My passion is making bows using all-natural materials just like
they were made hundreds of years ago. If you come to my site looking for
bows of fiberglass or
carbon fiber, then you have come to the wrong place.
I am not a manufacturer of bows but rather an
artisan who makes unique custom bows that are tailor-made to suit the individual. I have been making my own bows and arrows for
hunting for more than 40 years and according to many, I am quite good at
I have and still write articles about making bows and have shared my
knowledge with many through both internet message
boards and magazine articles. I have a column in the Primitive Archer
Magazine called "Ask P.A." where I answer technical questions related to the bowyers craft from
people all over the world. I have also taught many in groups or one-on-one on how to make bows. Many years ago I experimented with and
perfected an age-old method of tempering wood using dry-heat; a method which revolutionized
wood bows. The reports and articles I wrote on my findings created quite a stir in the bowyer community and were viewed by many with skepticism and disbelief. The resulting performance increase that I observed was unacceptable by most and many tried to find reasons other than the tempering process for my results. The process proved itself over and over again and has now become so popular that it is commonplace to see
bows that have been heat-treated to increase their performance. I contributed a chapter on this process in the world famous Traditional Bowyers Bible series
volume 4. On to my bows.
Here is a look at some of the bows I have made over the
last few years.
Some of these are profile views of bows at full-draw to show
how a properly tillered bow of different styles should look. Others are pictures of braced bows or bows at rest. I have added a
brief description of these bows to give viewers a better idea of what
they are looking at. At the left of this page you
will find navigation buttons that take you to other pages of my website. Some of these pages deal with specific types of bows and their construction while others deal with arrows or quivers. I also have one page that deals specifically with items for sale. Many of the
bows in these pictures have been sold or were custom-made for people but
I do still have a few in stock.
The first bow I will show you is a bow I made for my wife several years ago. This bow is made of Yew with a White Ash backing. It is 60" long and pulls 25# at a 24" draw. She loves her bow and can shoot it quite well. Here are some pictures
Below is a bow I recently made for a
gentleman in South Carolina. This is a selfbow made of heat-treated Elm
and is a deflexed static recurve. It's draw weight is 50# at a 29"
draw length. It is very fast and is a smooth shooting bow.
This next bow is a Warbow made of Yew
and was made for a fellow in Minnesota. This bow was made from a high
quality piece of Pacific Yew and pulls just under 100# at a 32" draw
length. It is tipped with Buffalo horn nocks.
Next in line is a short deflex recurve
Elm bow I made for an article I wrote for the Primitive Archer
Magazine. This bow is the product of an idea I had several years ago on
how to make improvements to flight bows I had made in the past. This
bow proved itself by attaining arrow speeds of more than 240 fps with
very light flight arrows. The draw weight of this bow was 43# and the
arrow used in testing weighed in at 220 grains.
This next bow was a special order from a
fellow in England. He requested a Yew Warbow and provided dimensions
of a bow found on the Mary Rose, a bow that would have been used in the
middle ages. I used top grade Yew for this bow and the end result was a
bow with a draw weight of 150# at a draw length of 32" with an overall
length of 83". You can see from the picture that I was unable to pull
this bow very far free hand due to its extremely high draw weight, although the following picture shows it's full-draw profile.
The last bow that you see here is a
composite bow I made for a guy in CA. This bow is a deflex recurve made
from Pacific Yew backed with White Ash. The guy it was made for has a
long draw but wanted a short bow for hunting in a tree stand hence my
decision to use Yew. The bows pulled 70# at a 31" draw length. As you
can see from the second picture he was able to take a very large pig
with this bow and a stone tipped arrow.
This last thing I will show you on this page doesn't have anything to do with archery but it does have it's roots in bows. This is a Celtic harp that I made for my musician wife. My wife has a degree in ancient music and she had a small harp that she had built in University but had never learned to play it. Then a few years ago she was playing Church Organ in a concert where she met a harp teacher. Her little lap harp, even though it plays well, was just not quite adequate to the task so I offered to build her a bigger one. The build was interesting, quite a challenge but it was also a lot of fun. Here is one of the first tunes she learned to play and following are some pictures.
At the top you can find a navigation button that will take you to many more pictures on the building of this harp. If anyone is interested in purchasing one of these custom made instruments then just e-mail me.
If you have
questions or are interested in buying a bow that I may have in stock or
in ordering a custom made bow then you can contact me here: