New from Bois d’Arc Press! Jim Hamm (co-author, editor, and publisher of The Traditional Bowyer’s Bible series) shares the secrets he’s learned from a lifetime of bow making. Veteran bowyers and newcomers alike will appreciate his invaluable insights.


Based on the compelling true story of the famous Elm Creek Raid of 1864. During the Civil War, Comanche and Kiowa Indians staged a massive attack on the scattered settlement near abandoned Ft. Belknap, TX. Hundreds of warriors killed a score of settlers, took women and children captive, burned the entire settlement, and fled westward with a thousand stolen horses to the forbidding Llano Estacado, a huge blank spot on the map where no one but Comanches dared to enter. This is the story of the captives and their long ordeal, and how some were miraculously returned through the determination and courage of a black slave, Britt Johnson, whose wife was among the captives.

The aftermath of the deadly raid, and the captives who vanished into the wilderness, echo all the way down to the present day.

Available now via a Kindle book from Amazon: Our People by Jim Hamm


Traditional Bowyer’s Bible Volume 4

From the creators of the first three classic volumes, the Traditional Bowyer’s Bible, Volume 4, is essential reading for those who make wooden bows. Tim Baker, Paul Comstock, Jim Hamm and many of the other top bowyers in the world today provide insights into what thousands of bows have taught them.

Chapters: Out of the Shadows, Bow Wood, Heat-Treating Bows, A Copper Age Bow, The Mass Principle, Turtle Bow, Design and Performance Revisited, Flight Bows, Laminated Wood Bows, Character Bows, Arrows of the World, Lessons From Target Archery, Ishi’s Archery Tackle, and Bulls on a Stick

Softcover, 336 pages, profusely illustrated, $22.95.

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Bowyer's Bible Volume 3

Traditional Bowyer’s Bible, Volume 3

Softcover, 352 pages with index for first three volumes, $22.95
Chapters: Traditional Roots, Tools, Bows of the World, Korean Archery, Plains Indian Bows, African Archery, Take-Down Bows, A Stone Age Bow, Preventing and Solving Problems, Wooden Arrows, Custom Shafts, Stone Points, Passing the Torch

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¬†Traditional Bowyer’s Bible, Volume 2

Softcover, 320 pages, profusely illustrated, $22.95
Chapters:¬† Tradition Begins with the Past, Bows from Boards, Eastern Woodland Bows, Ancient European Bows, Composite Bows, Bending Wood, Recurves, Strings, Helpful Hints and Shortcuts, Steel Points, Improving Accuracy, Quivers and Other Gear, “Old Ugly” and the Little Buck

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Bowyer's Bible Volume 1

Traditional Bowyer’s Bible, Volume 1

Softcover, 320 pages, profusely illustrated, $22.95
Chapters: Why Traditional?, Cutting and Seasoning Wood, Bow Design and Performance, Yew Longbow, Osage Flat Bow, Other Bow Woods, Western Indian Bows, Glue, Splices, Sinew-Backing, Other Backings, Tillering, Finishes and Handles, Self Arrows, A Comedy of Arrows

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Encyclopedia of Native American Bows, Arrows, and Quivers, Volume 1

By Steve Allely and Jim Hamm. Hardcover, 8 1/2 x 11, 96 pages, profusely illustrated.

Native Americans and their elegant weapons have long held a fascination for archers, history buffs, collectors, and anyone who appreciates traditional skills. From museums and private collections around the world the exceptional Indian archery pieces from eastern North American are brought together in one book.

Almost a hundred historic bows, scores of arrows, and more than a dozen quivers from thirty-eight tribes are illustrated. Beautifully detailed full-page pen and ink drawings give dimensions, decorations, and construction details.

Tribes covered:
Northeast – Powhatan, Pamunkey, Lenape (Delaware), Rappanhanock, Algonkian, Monhegan, Naraganset, Wampanoag, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Montagnais, Naskapi, Seneca, Cayuga, Oneida, Iroquois, Mohawk, Onandaga, Shawnee
Southeast-Seminole, Creek, Catawba, Tuscarora, Cherokee, Yuchi, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Caddo
Midwest – Osage, Cahokia, Menominee, Potowotami, Fox, Sauk, Kickapoo, Ojibwa (Chippewa), Winnebago, Santee Sioux

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By Steve Allely and Jim Hamm. Hardcover, 8 1/2 x 11, 96 pages, profusely illustrated.

Beautifully detailed full-page pen and ink drawings give dimensions, decorations, and construction details (all bow tips and arrows shown actual size).

Tribes covered:
Plains –¬† Blackfoot, Mandan, Arickaree, Crow, Sioux, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Pawnee, Kiowa, Comanche
Southwest – Apache, Seri, Mohave, Papago, Yuma, Pueblo, Hopi, Navajo, Anasazi

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Bows and Arrows of the Native Americans

By Jim Hamm. Soft cover, 160 pages, 150 photos.

Step back in time to the beautiful weapons used by Native Americans. This complete guide includes wooden bows, sinew-backed bows, horn bows, strings, arrows, and quivers.

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Whitetail Tactics for Recurves and Longbows

Whitetail Tactics with Recurves and Longbows by Jim Hamm. Soft cover, 176 pages, illustrated, $16.95.

Profound insights into being in the right place, at the right time, with the right attitude. – Field and Stream Magazine

How did you fare last season? This book is guaranteed to get you closer to deer, and closer to BIGGER deer, than ever before. These deadly tactics will make you the ultimate “stealth” hunter. Order today for deer season.

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Ishi and Elvis book

Ishi and Elvis

Ishi and Elvis by Jim Hamm. Hardcover, illustrated by Steve Allely, $9.95

Reviews of Ishi and Elvis:
Conservationists and general readers will enjoy this marvelous book. Hamm is a writer to watch. – Review of Texas Books

A wonderful change from the normal hunting stories. Hamm has taken outdoor writing to a new level. – Traditional Bowhunter Magazine

Wholeheartedly recommended. – New Hampshire Wildlife

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Ordering information:

Call us at 325-938-5316 with questions about ordering. We no longer accept credit cards, but most of our books are available online from Amazon, Three Rivers Archery, Kustom King Archery, or Primitive Archer as well as other retailers. Those that are not available from these retailers may be purchased from Bois d’Arc Press with a check.

To order using the US Postal Service (we ship media mail, which usually takes a week to 10 days to arrive):

Send your order listing the books you want plus the following postage:
One book: $3.50
Two books: $5.00
Three or more books: $7.50

For orders outside of the United States we accept only a check in US funds drawn on a US bank, an international money order in US funds. International orders are shipped by airmail and takes a week to 10 days to arrive. The US Post office will only ship items airmail, and this costs approximately $20.00 per book. If you will e-mail us and let us know which books you want to order, we can provide you with shipping costs.

Our mailing address is:
Bois d’Arc Press
PO Box 87
Goldthwaite, TX 76844

Telephone: 325-938-5316


Return Policy: We do not accept returns of our publications. If a book has been lost or damaged in transit, we will replace it free of charge.