I’m so excited to share this fascinating conversation I recorded last spring with Victor Kühn, a master traditional bowmaker and primitive archery expert based in Boulder, Colorado. Here, Victor traces the ancient history of the bow and arrow, revealing how its invention tens of thousands of years ago forever changed the trajectory of humankind. We also talk about Victor’s (née: Vitezslav) remarkable childhood in the aftermath of Communist Czechoslovakia, his passion for the iconic American West, and the intense craftsmanship that goes into his one-of-a-kind bows (he fells his own trees!).
How Victor first discovered bowmaking
“Wild times in the ‘90s”: Growing up after the fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia
Coming to the US and falling in love with the iconic American West
The ancient history of his homeland versus the untouched wilderness
How bowmaking forever changed human history
Is bowmaking still relevant in a world with guns?
Why Victor feels called to preserve this art
The intense research and craftsmanship that goes into Victor’s traditional bows
Want to learn more about Victor’s work, take one of his bowmaking or archery classes, or order one of his traditional handmade bows? Visit his website at vikies.org. And don’t miss his beautiful Instagram page: @vikiesbowsandarrows.