WE ARE KMC ARCHERY
Michel Bombardier | Instructor | Master Bowyer
David Webb | Instructor | Amateur Bowyer
It's been about 25 years. At that time, a good friend of mine wanted to buy a new bow. He asked me if I would like to go to the bow dealer. In the shop, he opted for a divisible recurve bow and also took matching arrows with him.
On the way back he told a lot and passionately about his hobby. I became interested in this fascinating sport....
A few weeks later I met this friend again, and of course I wanted to know how satisfied he was with his new bow. He realized that I had caught fire and gave me his old compound bow from Pearson, with wooden handle.
That's how it all started! The only depressing thing was that I didn't hit anything with my new bow. As an old self-taught artist, I decided to teach myself how to shoot and got myself the textbook of a well-known Olympic archer. Learned is learned: After plenty of hours of practice and many arrows that disappeared or broken forever, I eventually got the hang of it and even hit the target sometimes, even if it was a few meters away.
Since I have always liked to make, carve and repair all sorts of things, I naturally also wanted to learn how to build a bow myself. Here the bow making courses of the Neandertal Museum helped me further. Gradually, I attended all the archery seminars offered by the archaeologist Dr. Tinnes. I built successively Holmegard, Viking, Alemannic, English Long and Indian bows, steamed and covered with tendons.
I found it particularly exciting that it was not only about the pure technique of bow making, but at the same time the historical contexts were explained. In my own workshop, I then rebuilt all the models, but varied the train weights to adapt them to my personal requirements. In my spare time, I started to build tailor-made bows for friends and acquaintances – one or the other of them helped themselves or built his bow completely himself under my direction.
I’ve had a real passion for working with my hands and getting creative for as long as I can remember, so when my neighbor invited me to take a bow-building class, I didn’t have to think twice. When I got there, I didn’t really know what to expect, but from the moment we started I was hooked and have been ever since. Not knowing what I was doing I chose to start creating an Osage recurve bow — it was a decision that would shape the rest of my life. Little did I know that I’d been drawn to the most difficult and time-consuming bow to build. Yet I was completely engrossed in what I was doing.
For two straight days I spent my time shaping, sanding, and forming my bow shape gradually came to life before my eyes. Even though I ran out of time to finish it, I knew I wanted to go further into the bowyer world. To cut a long story short, I took the class another five times and loved every second of it. I simply couldn’t get enough of all the intricate little details that bring a bow to life and make traditional archery possible.
Before long I was thinking about how I could share my passion and newfound skill with people from all walks of life…I reached out to a my French bowyer friend, Michel and we decided we wanted to create something for everyone. We called our business KMC Archery, and we’ve never looked back.
Today you’ll find us putting on classes and exhibitions for everyone from young kids and
curious adults to families and groups of friends looking to try something new. And even
though we’re all about introducing you to something new that you’ve probably never tried
before, we also keep things authentic and traditional.
By shaping our bows like true bowyers would have done, we all get to take something
home that we can be truly proud of. Just what you want to hear when you’re looking for a
unique experience unlike any other. From there you can share our passion for archery,
learn traditional skills, and have the satisfaction that only comes from taking the time to
craft something with your own hands.
If there’s a better way to get outdoors, have fun and make memories, we haven’t found it