A SkateBow is what happens when a skateboard meets my band saw.
Even though I’m constantly trying to come up with great business ideas, websites, apps, ebooks — basically anything I think might generate some passive income (which of course is not a real thing) — I’m also learning to enjoy not looking at the computer screed all day. I’m finding pleasure in working with materials that take up actual, physical space. It’s nice to hand something to someone when they buy it instead of having them just “click to download.” But let’s be honest, that’s great, too. This is yet another departure into unknown terrain for me, although deviation has has become a personal theme. Besides the backpack company I co-founded I’ve always trafficked in ideas, words, often thousands at at time. Where does the SkateBow fit in to the Archery Business? The archery business is not the same as the “hunting industry.” There are a lot of people into archery living in countries where guns and/or hunting are not part of the culture either because of legal reasons or just because. These people might think the SkateBow is cool. Maybe they won’t. I have have no idea. When I started whittling on pieces of Red Oak, from Lowe’s less than a year ago I would have have grown argumentative at the suggestion I’d be trying to get into the traditional archery industry as I’m apparently trying to do now. Having been involved with the outdoor industry for almost a decade — the camo/conservative one, not the kayaker/granola one — I think I’ve accumulated enough information to say there’s not a huge opportunity for anyone to get rich selling bows made from sticks and don’t look like spaceships. Obviously I could adopt ubiquitous marketing strategies to blend in; the well-endowed female huntress in her tree stand about to cast a pink-fletched shaft toward an acorn-munching ten-point . . . I may do that. But my point is that I’m doing this because it’s a bad-ass idea whether it takes off or not. And by “take off,” I simply mean allow me to build Skatebows every day, not get into Cabela’s or Bass Pro and ship the whole thing over to China.
Curves are what make the SkateBow possible.
Skateboards have curves. The curve of the nose was the most obvious thing that made me think the skatebow would work. One problem I faced was that skateboards are concave and they’re concave in a lot of places. Not only that, there are at least three variations of concave-ness to deal with among popular shapes which is one of the reasons I lucked out; The Canadian maple skateboards I’m using are all uniform in size, shape and concave dimensions. This also means that the jig I’m building to hold them in the laser-cutter will provide a high level of consistency from board to board. After a few months of testing and building there should be some cool stuff on this website and maybe I’ll be taking orders for bows. The best way to find that out is by signing up to get my announcements ‘n stuff.
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What we may call “primitive archery,” is the use of low-tech gear produced by low-tech means. The most primitive “self bows,” the early longbows and all recurves fall under the umbrella of traditional archery. The technology of the modern recurve however can involve some of the latest space-age materials and construction processes.