In 1914, Kroeber photographed Ishi making a bow and arrow from start to finish. The wood for the bow was mountain juniper, Ishi’s favourite for this purpose. What these pictures cannot demonstrate is the skill and workmanship that go into making the perfect bow. No two bows are completely alike as each is made for a particular person or use. The bowmaker has to take into account both the draw (the amount the bowstring is pulled back) and the size of the person wielding the bow, to maximize its effectiveness and power.
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